Mouth-frothing for Malcolm Gladwell is at near-fever pitch this year. I’m not saying the guy doesn’t make an interesting argument for how success is nurtured (or can’t be nurtured … or whatever the theory of “Outliers” is), but can we get some love for author and McSweeney’s publisher Dave Eggers? Firstly, the guy is seriously committed to educational reform — setting up his 826 tutoring centers in cities across the country. More importantly, perhaps, he’s putting out some of the most compelling contemporary writing on victims of injustice (both domestically and internationally) through titles like “What Is the What,” “Zeitoun” and his “Voice of Witness” oral history series. But beyond being worthy endeavors, they’re actually really good stories.
From the The Top 10 Unsung Global Thinkers of 2009.