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McSweeney's #4 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #4)

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"Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying"
(box containing 14 booklets and one decorated subscription card)

Letters: Arthur Bradford, Christopher P. Riley-Zaleniev, Sarah Vowell, Sean Wilsey Main contributors: Joshuah Bearman, Rachel Cohen, Paul Collins, Lydia Davis, Marcy Dermansky, Jason Eaton, Steve Featherstone, Amy Fusselman, Sheila Heti, Gabe Hudson, Denis Johnson, Nicho
Published 2000
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McSweeny's is usually a mixed bag, and this issue is no different. What I love most though is that they are always living by the subtitle of the issue, "trying, trying, trying..." This collection is not afraid to take chances and print off-kilter stories and essays. Sometimes they succeed wonderfully, others crash. Thankfully the latter is rarer. "Symmes Hole" was an interesting history of long debunked scientific theory. I found "The Double Zero" to a hilariously wacky. Other highlights include ...more
I recently wrote a short thing about Dave Eggers and then realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed the many issues of McSweeney's I've read. The early issues were especially influential and inspiring to me. This box issue = HOLY SHIT! Also, it seemed to announce, nonverbally, We're about to start fucking shit up right about now!
I waited ten years to get a copy of this (they recently reprinted it) so my expectations were high....and it was so-so. I love the packaging but the stories were 50/50. I think my favorites were the letters, which says a lot.
Jim Taone
Amazing. It is the "cover issue" of McSweeney's. 14 booklets in which the authors chose all the art for their covers (although Murakami didn't).
There is a "cover version" of "The Trial" and "The Egg" which are both great. A piece of non-fiction about Nabokov and his hand in the paperback artwork of his novels. While Haruki Murakami and Denis Johnson round out this amazing collection with great fiction pieces.
Outstanding collection. McSweeney's is great for a book nerd, not only is it slavishly attentive to every sarcastic detail, it has amazing authors and content, and wonderfully printed and packaged publications, different every time.
Kate Cares
The Murakami and Saunders stories are obviously fantastic but I was pleasantly surprised by how great the Jonathan Lethem story was.
The Middle Tales
A Chance Meeting (for the quotes)
Hellhound on My Trail
Four Institutional' Monologues
such a beautiful and fun collection. i poured over it through the month of february.
There are no words to describe reading a box of books.
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Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly ...more
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