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The Newest of the Beats?

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I am reading "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers.

You may have heard of him already because he was noted recently for his prize-winning bestseller "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius", which I haven't read yet but it's next on my list.

I said "The Newest of the Beats" in my subject line, because I read one review which compared "A H W O S G" to Kerouac's "OTR". So far, I'm about two thirds through "Y S K O V" and I can easily see how that reviewer made the comparisons.

Eggers has a way of wearing his heart on his sleeve, and he seems to embody the shifting, uneasy guilt and societal frustration that we, his generation, often share. His philosophy is brilliant and his writing style is modern and schooled.

Great stuff! Check out Dave Eggers!