He's written a bevy of beautiful novels, penned the screenplay for Where The Wild Things Are, founded McSweeney's and established 826 National, a non-profit centre teaching kids how to write (funded through their ridiculously awesome store-fronts - ranging from a pirate supply store to a superhero supply company and a time travel mart). Honestly. He's basically the coolest human being, ever. And to top it all off, he recently published Is It Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings:

Printed in time to coincide with a gallery show in San Francisco, this is Dave Eggers's first collection of drawings. Most of these works are of unusual mammals, most often accompanied by slogans with ancient, heroic, or just plain odd overtones. This 14" x 19", full-color package is a combination of 26 large-sized prints and an accompanying booklet.

It Is Right to Draw Their Fur echoes questions posed by Eggers in McSweeney's Issue 27: What is the line between a doodle, a cartoon, a gag, and a work of fine art? Does it seem, sometimes, that the artist is defacing his or her own work by adding text? Is loose draftsmanship appealing, in that it's intimate and disarming? Is absurdity more appealing when it comes across as humble?


Paper Cut said... @ October 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

My favourite "You know what's Funny?". I'd like to think someone somewhere made these statements and Dave's just matching them up with the animals. But htat would make it a meme, wouldn't it?

His lettering is not unlike Tessa's.

Valerie said... @ October 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Cool though ^^

Rosabel Tan said... @ October 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I like 'The Sky Offers No Resistance', but they are all pretty wonderful. I think the fact that he's written these ostensibly unrelated quotes and paired them with animals is so great! It's funny how humans are compelled to construct a narrative, even when the two facets are meant to be completely unrelated.

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