David Ulin for the Los Angeles Times:
The novelist’s grand print experiment — $16 a copy — hits S.F. streets and beyond this week. It’s a one-shot deal, but he hopes it will remind people of the form’s potential and viability.
Reporting from San Francisco – Dave Eggers doesn’t look like a newspaper baron. At 39, wearing a baseball cap and hiking boots, the author — whose most recent project is the screenplay for “Where the Wild Things Are” — appears more an older brother to the interns who work feverishly in the Mission District offices of McSweeney’s, the independent publisher Eggers founded with the proceeds from his bestselling 2000 memoir, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.”
In addition to books and a monthly magazine, McSweeney’s publishes a literary journal, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the new issue of which is set to appear here today in a form that confounds every trend in publishing: a 300-plus-page Sunday-style broadsheet newspaper called the San Francisco Panorama, with which Eggers and company mean to celebrate the glory of the form.