A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS
Before James Frey and company sullied the reputation of the whole genre, Eggers strove for painstaking authenticity in his hyperbolically titled memoir. The book's success launched Eggers and his literary magazine McSweeney's into a different orbit. Eggers opened writing and tutoring centers for children around the country, including one here in Boston, started a fantastically imaginative publishing imprint, and just this year two of his screenplays made it to film -- "Away We Go" and "Where the Wild
Things Are." On newsstands now (if you can find a copy): McSweeney's
version of an old-fashioned broadsheet, the "San Francisco Panorama."