i'm pretty careful with my pennies these days, but every once in a while something comes along which taunts me to the point that i convince myself my life would not be a good one without it. so i clicked on the add-to-cart button over at mcsweeney's, and upon it's release, the wild things fur-covered edition was mine. hee hee. a tad embarrassing really, how i carried it all around the house with me on that first day. and as if books weren't already one of the finest gifts one could give oneself......a fuzzy and funny and dark tale? by dave eggers?!! i should have bought two.
you are likely already familiar with some of the coolness that is dave eggers - maybe his lauded memoir a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, or his significant literary work what is the what: the autobiography of valentino achak deng, or his unique monthly magazine, or that he was one of three TED prize recipients in 2008 and what he did with his wish, or that he co-wrote the screenplay for away we go.
but what i love him for the most is the 826 valencia project that he co-founded, a non-profit group that fundamentally supports young students with their basic and creative writing skills. it's also so much more than just the tutoring, which if you're interested in learning more about you can watch the video below - i promise that it's well worth the time.
did you watch it? isn't it all so inspiring? hmmmm....i wonder if they would consider tutoring me. i can look pretty young in my braids, and truth be told, i'm all out of space travel supplies.
grateful today for: dave eggers, volunteers, people who make a difference