I find Dave Eggers unbearably irritating. There, I’ve said it. I don’t know why I find him irritating, I just do.
I’m fairly sure it’s not because he’s a smartass, because I’ve read several books by Nicholson Baker and enjoyed them. I don’t think it’s the fame and adulation, because I discovered the McSweeney’s web site back in 1998 before all that, and found it all vaguely irritating even then. (Though I did like Neal Pollack’s “I Am Friends With A Working-Class Black Woman”.)
So… is there someone else out there with Eggers antipathy who can verbalize exactly what triggers it?