This is the first book in quite awhile that I did not read on a digital device (gasp if you must). That was cool, I guess. But I still have a terribleThis is the first book in quite awhile that I did not read on a digital device (gasp if you must). That was cool, I guess. But I still have a terrible habit of dog-earing pages (it's okay, this was NOT a library book). One more disclaimer: I am aware that Dave Eggers has many more recent books that I should be reading to stay current in my profession, but this one has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year now waiting for me to read it and finally its turn came up.
Gorgeous writing as always from DE, with quirky wry humor giving way to wisdom. Adventure-seeking figures prominently. Pitch-perfect personification throughout many of these stories. Really made me look at animals in a new way.
"I was a star. a heathen, an enemy, a nothing." p. 9
"…to deny one's curiosity about [these] things was small and timid." p. 31
"This story is equally or more about surfing. People are no more interesting than waves and mountains." p. 39
"The swinging of your pendulums! Everyone's pendulums swinging to and fro, and always you're getting hit by someone else's swinging pendulum. You're minding your business, but someone else's pendulum is swinging around and pow! you get hit in the head." p. 86...more