"I will not wait to love as best as I can. We thought we were young and that there would be time to love well sometime in the future. This is a terrible way to think. It is no way to live, to wait to love."
— Dave Eggers, What is the What
"Novels lately have been bringing us stories from all parts of the world that we might not have known otherwise. And whereas your average book club in suburban New Jersey might not pick up a nonfiction account of the divisions [in] the SPLA [the Sudan People’s Liberation Army] in the mid-’80s, they might learn about these things through a novel. Same thing with everything Khaled Hosseini has written about Afghanistan. When you read [Hosseini’s] The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, it makes it a lot more difficult to accept the casualties that we read about randomly on page 13 of the newspaper, because suddenly we know who these people are. I think that’s the unique ability of the novel in particular."
Read the entire interview, here.
Eggers will be at The Forum with Miranda July, Lyle Lovett and Jonah Lehrer on November 18.
"I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep."
— Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius