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McSweeney's #1-3 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #1-3)
Dave Eggers launched Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern in 1998 as an outlet for writings by himself and his friends, such as David Foster Wallace, who had been rejected by other, established journals. Eggers’ irreverent approach included a pioneering design that incorporated chapbooks, drawings, and all manner of cultural confetti previously unseen in the lit-mag forma ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published October 9th 2006 by McSweeney's
(first published August 1st 2006)
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A full nine months after embarking on this collection, during which I read several other newer McSweeney's issues, I am finished. I think McSweeney's was rather more esoterica-packed in its early days, and used dramatically smaller print to fit in a great deal of material. But it was thoroughly enjoyable. Highlights over the three issues include the David Foster Wallace story included in the first, the report on Marfa, Texas included in the second, and the inexplicable charts/figures/organizatio ...more
having already read the best of mcsweeneys 1 before i read these books put me at a bit of a disadvantage. though i enjoy the mcsweeneys stories in general, they can really be hit or miss, and since i'd already read those deemed to be the best, i was left with a lot of not the best. still there were some really interesting stories that weren't in the best collection, but overall, not enough for me to give these more than 3 stars.
Along with issue #4, which was the first one I discovered, these early McSweeney's were a revelatory reading experience for me. At the time, I remember thinking: I've finally found a magazine that speaks directly to me! Before that, it was like literary journals were afraid to mix the weird, funny, and experimental together. Absolutely inspiring and influential.
boy it's tough to decide which list to put this in. I don't see how anyone would have the patience to read straight through a McSweeny's. It's the kind of thing you flip through while you wait (at the doctor's, for a bus, on the toilet) and don't feel bad about skipping to the end or smirking at how pretentious writers can be sometimes...
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 ...moreMore about Dave Eggers
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