Dave Eggers Gets Google-y Eyed


Dave Eggers’s upcoming novel The Circle is about a woman whose life takes a turn for the sinister after she starts work at “the world’s most powerful internet company” with its “towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work,…athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.”

After that description, you probably don’t need a search engine to help you figure out which tech giant her fictional employer is based on.

The Independent takes a look at just how Google-y Eggers’s novel will get, paying particular attention to that (in)famous “Don’t be evil” motto.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →