The Best of McSweeney's

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To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the journal called “a key barometer of the literary climate” by The New York Times and twice honored with a National Magazine Award for fiction, here is The Best of McSweeney’s—a comprehensive collection of the most remarkable work from a remarkable magazine. Drawing on the full range of the journal thus far—from the very earliest volumes to our groundbreaking, Chris Ware–edited graphic novel issue to our most popular project yet, the full-on Sunday-newspaper issue ...
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Overview


To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the journal called “a key barometer of the literary climate” by The New York Times and twice honored with a National Magazine Award for fiction, here is The Best of McSweeney’s—a comprehensive collection of the most remarkable work from a remarkable magazine. Drawing on the full range of the journal thus far—from the very earliest volumes to our groundbreaking, Chris Ware–edited graphic novel issue to our most popular project yet, the full-on Sunday-newspaper issue known as San Francisco Panorama, The Best of McSweeney’s is an essential retrospective of recent literary history. With full-color contributions from some of the pioneering artists and illustrators featured in our pages over the years (Marcel Dzama, Art Spiegelman, and many more) and a breathtaking array of first-rate fiction (and some incredible nonfiction, too), this is a book to be pored over, and lasting proof that the contemporary short story is as vital as ever.

This special deluxe edition will feature a slipcase, or a box, or a container of some kind, maybe even with magnets? Or combs? Or playing cards? It’ll be great.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
A stunning snapshot of modern literature compiled by McSweeney's founder Eggers and executive editor Bass, this eclectic collection of stories, poems, comics, and essays marks the 15 year anniversary of the San Francisco-based literary journal. Originally published under a pseudonym, David Foster Wallace's comically dismal "Mr. Squishy" sets up themes of consumerism, modernity, and futility that are revisited throughout. Unbending social critique is continued in Steven Millhauser's fantastical allegory about phantoms in small town America and Sheila Heti's futuristic tale where all decisions are made by Blackberry's. Other highlights include Dan Chaon's morbid story of a recovering alcoholic father; Jennie Erin Smith's article on a wanton reptile smuggler; Jonathan Ames's NYC crime-noir; and works by Lydia Davis, Zadie Smith, Lydia Millet, Wells Tower, Adam Levin, and Rick Moody—to name a few. Julie Hecht's nostalgic article on Marimekko dresses grapples with the ennui of maturity, a concept that is echoed in works by Kevin Brockmeier, Jennifer Egan, Deb Olin Unferth, A.M. Homes, and Clancy Martin. Shining international contributions include Roddy Doyle's riveting first-person narrative of a child refugee attending school in Ireland and works by Nyuol Lueth Tong and Ellen van Neerven-Currie. At times overly comprehensive, the breadth of this enthralling collection is also its triumph, an inimitable retrospective on modern storytelling. (Dec.)
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Voted as one of “Ten Books to Restore Your Faith in Print” by Flavorpill

“The first bona fide literary movement in decades.” —Slate

"An inimitable retrospective on modern storytelling." —Publishers Weekly

"An impressive warehouse of treasures." — the Wilamette Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938073595
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 526,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author


McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T. Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T. C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie, and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.
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Table of Contents


NOTABLE CONTRIBUTORS:

Andrew Sean Greer
Wells Tower
Rick Moody
John Hodgman
Zadie Smith
Jonathan Ames
Roddy Doyle
Dan Chaon
Anthony Doerr
Lydia Davis
Steven Millhauser
Lawrence Weschler
Ann Beattie
Sheila Heti
Chris Adrian
David Foster Wallace
A.M. Homes
Kevin Brockmeier
Aleksandar Hemon
William T. Vollmann
Deb Olin Unferth
Clancy Martin
Adam Levin

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