Lauren Leto

Dave Eggers on J.D. Salinger

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on January 30, 2010


So, Dave Eggers covered the death of Salinger for The New Yorker. I wondered aloud, “why him?”. @brandonbayer made the claim that it was because Eggers is the It Boy of our generation and ergo, the one who shoulders the burden. When he said this, I thought of the foreword Eggers wrote in my edition of Infinite Jest (2006).

I don’t think Eggers was an inappropriate choice to write about David Foster Wallace. I do think he was an inappropriate choice for Salinger. But if not him, then who? Which contemporary author would you pick to write the foreword?

Bret Easton Ellis is out of the running because he tweeted exactly what I wanted to say (joke, joke).

Also, have any of you read King Dork? How was it?

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  1. King Roskolnikov said, on January 31, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    King Dork helped me survive high school. Definitely one of the better works of “Young Adult” fiction.

  2. Mike Lindgren said, on February 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I would give it to Louis Menand.

  3. Krysta said, on March 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Toni Morrison or Margaret Atwood.

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