Sean Wilsey talks about The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup: 32 Writers on 32 Countries with Dave Eggers. This book covers the star players, national pride, and political influences that keep World Cup fans' interest at such a fevered pitch. It features pieces of reporting and memoirs from leading writers, novelists, and journalists from around the world.
McSweeney's began in 1998 as a literary journal, edited by Dave Eggers, that published only works rejected by other magazines. But after the first issue, the journal began to publish pieces primarily written with McSweeney's in mind.
Dave Eggers is the author of six books, including "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What." Several of his books, among them the story collection "How We Are Hungry" and "The Wild Things," an interpretation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," were first excerpted in The New Yorker. He is the founder of McSweeney's and of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people.
Sean Wilsey's writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, and McSweeney's Quarterly, where he is the editor at large.
Before going to McSweeney's he worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker, a fact checker at Ladies' Home Journal, a letters correspondent at Newsweek, and an apprentice gondolier in Venice, Italy. He was born in San Francisco in 1970 and now lives with his wife, Daphne Beal, and his son, Owen.