“Living in the Bay Area, you’re faced with more homelessness than probably any other place in America. So you have to be ready to deal with their plight all the time, and you have to make dozens of decisions each day about who to give money to and who not to. That’s a lot of pressure, every day, and sometimes ten times a block, if you’re walking down, say, Haight, or lower Geary. And you really do make these decisions in the most random ways.”
Eggers is also editing the upcoming The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002. The publisher describes the book as “a selection for young people of the best literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals: from The New Yorker to Jane, Rolling Stone to The Onion, Vibe to various magazines, zines, and journals that, if you’re over thirty, you’ve never heard of.” I wonder if the book will include any writing from the Internet? (Probably not…I’ve got half a mind to pitch a Best Online Writing 2002 book to Houghton Mifflin. There’s a lot of online-only writing that deserves a wider audience.)
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