As far as shopping experiences that involve teeny dioramas, lumberjacking supplies, identical items with randomly assigned prices, models of bird feet cast in pewter, and extensive annotations from Dave Eggers go, you can't do much better. I mean, you can buy copies of McSweeney's elsewhere, but can you look at developing state-fair-grade pumpkins at the same time?
If Peter Dinklage, who stars as the beguiling Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, has picked up even a fraction of Tyrion’s craftiness, then the contestants in the sixth annual Scrabble for Cheaters better watch their backs. Today, create a team... More »
Though literati know Dave Eggers for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and McSweeney's, the Left Coaster's CV also includes another impressive achievement: founding in 2002 the 826 Valencia writing center, which in 2004 hatched a Gotham branch, 826NYC. The Park Slope nonprofit holds workshops for elementary-school pupils, helping them to learn the craft, and has worked with more than a thousand kids, stimulating their brains with seminars on food reviews, superhero lairs, love songs,... More »
Imagine what a nightmare it would be if we lived in a world where children learned to wrt lk ths, no one read newspapers, and adults patted themselves on the back for making it through a 759-page children's book about a boy wizard. Oh, wait--we already do. Hoping to prevent the further downhill slide of the printed word, 826NYC, a nonprofit writing lab and tutoring center for students ages six to 18, has been hard at work since 2004 trying to lure young people away from digital... More »