Dave Eggers Makes Futile Gesture

Do you fear that Print Is Dead? Allow America's most venerable human, Dave Eggers, to assure you—via email—that it is not:

Eggers said the following thing on a Tribeca rooftop this week to a bunch of literati types who were honoring him for his charity work:

The written word-the love of it and the power of the written word-it hasn't changed. It's a matter of fostering it, fertilizing it, not giving up on it, and having faith. Don't get down. I actually have established an e-mail address, deggers@826national.org-if you want to take it down-if you are ever feeling down, if you are ever despairing, if you ever think publishing is dying or print is dying or books are dying or newspapers are dying (the next issue of McSweeney's will be a newspaper-we're going to prove that it can make it. It comes out in September). If you ever have any doubt, e-mail me, and I will buck you up and prove to you that you're wrong.

Should have given out your mailing address dude. We will explain, in the form of a senryu:

Email's electronic
That's killing print
You're losing your twee touch, Dave

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