Creativity 50 2010: Dave Eggers

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Like his writing or not, Dave Eggers has persistently proven to be one of the most creative media forces out there.

In the past year, Mr. Eggers turned an issue of McSweeney's Quarterly into an homage to the Sunday newspaper, publishing it as the San Francisco Panorama, with news, sports, arts, comics and a magazine.

"Where The Wild Things Are," the movie based on the Maurice Sendak classic with a screenplay written by Mr. Eggers and director Spike Jonze, finally reached theaters in 2009. It wasn't for everyone, but it succeeded for many people.

Mr. Eggers is also giving back: Proceeds from his 2009 book "Zeitoun," like "What Is the What" before it, are going to foundations devoted to the subjects of each book.

But perhaps most to his credit, Mr. Eggers continues to open doors for others to pursue their own creativity. In 2002 he and a teacher founded 826 Valencia, a student writing lab in San Francisco, and the pirate-supply store that helps fund it. It has since expanded to open chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Boston.

See the rest of the 2010 Creativity 50 here.

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