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Wild Things Excerpt

Aug. 18, 2009by: Niki Stephens
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I got this link in my inbox today, and I really wanted to share it with all of you. Dave Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, shared an 8 page excerpt with "The New Yorker" for his novelization of the film. It's entitled "Max at Sea", and if any of you have read Eggers you know how brilliant of a writer he is.

I'll share with you a small part I enjoyed:

"Max, tired of thinking in his brain, decided to think on paper, and so retrieved his journal from under the bed. His father had given him the journal shortly after he lefthow long ago now? Three years?and had, in white-out, written the words WANT JOURNAL on the cover. In this book his father had written as inscription and directive, Write what you want. Every day, or as often as you can, write what you want. That way, whenever youre confused or rudderless, you can look to this book, and be reminded where you want to go and what youre looking for. His father had printed, by hand, three beginnings on every page.

Max found a pen and began:

I WANT Gary to fall into some kind of bottomless hole.

I WANT Claire to get her foot caught in a bear trap.

I WANT Claires friends to die by flesh-eating tapeworms.

I love Eggers humor, and can't wait to see WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. If you want to read the whole excerpt, go here.

Extra Tidbit: Eggers appeared at the Revenge of the BookEaters tour, to support his non-profit writing and tutoring program, 826 Valencia. The Chicago show, at the Park West theatre, featured Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Other performers on the tour included Sufjan Stevens, Jon Stewart, Davy Rothbart, and David Byrne. Very cool.
Source: The New Yorker

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9:53AM on 08/19/2009

Stop it...

The only thing we've seen from WTWTA that could even seem slightly "hipster-y", is the music choice for the trailers. I don't know why people are so intent on labeling this movie as something it really doesn't seem like.
The only thing we've seen from WTWTA that could even seem slightly "hipster-y", is the music choice for the trailers. I don't know why people are so intent on labeling this movie as something it really doesn't seem like.
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11:09AM on 08/19/2009
I was talking more about the writer than the movie. Eggers comes across as a little self important and is revered as the king of hip authors (or at least people at my school talk about him like he is).

I honestly think the movie itself looks absolutely amazing. I was just saying I don't want it to be tainted with pretentious writing.
I was talking more about the writer than the movie. Eggers comes across as a little self important and is revered as the king of hip authors (or at least people at my school talk about him like he is).

I honestly think the movie itself looks absolutely amazing. I was just saying I don't want it to be tainted with pretentious writing.
9:24AM on 08/19/2009

Stop it...

The only thing we've seen from WTWTA that could even seem slightly "hipster-y", is the music choice for the trailers. I don't know why people are so intent on labeling this movie as something it really doesn't seem like.
The only thing we've seen from WTWTA that could even seem slightly "hipster-y", is the music choice for the trailers. I don't know why people are so intent on labeling this movie as something it really doesn't seem like.
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8:40PM on 08/18/2009

I want this movie to be so good...

...but I am a little scared it will be pretentious and hipster-y, and the fact that Dave Eggers wrote it does not ease my troubled mind.

I'm not saying he is a bad writer (I liked Away We Go a lot) but he is pretty much the definition of a pretentious hipster or at least comes across that way. 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' anyone?
...but I am a little scared it will be pretentious and hipster-y, and the fact that Dave Eggers wrote it does not ease my troubled mind.

I'm not saying he is a bad writer (I liked Away We Go a lot) but he is pretty much the definition of a pretentious hipster or at least comes across that way. 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' anyone?
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9:12PM on 08/18/2009
I really don't think it will disappoint. I admit Eggers is hipster-y, but he has a good voice.

I read 'Heartbreaking Work' to my Father, and it was really clever in my opinion.
I really don't think it will disappoint. I admit Eggers is hipster-y, but he has a good voice.

I read 'Heartbreaking Work' to my Father, and it was really clever in my opinion.
5:46PM on 08/19/2009
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius is simply a very good book. If Eggers tends to lead a hipster lifestyle that still doesn't detract from the quality of his work. The work is honest and that is what separates it from work that merely aspires to be timely and postmodern.
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius is simply a very good book. If Eggers tends to lead a hipster lifestyle that still doesn't detract from the quality of his work. The work is honest and that is what separates it from work that merely aspires to be timely and postmodern.
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