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McSweeney's #29 by Dave Eggers
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Dec 01, 2008

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bookshelves: mcsweeneys, stories, read-in-2009
Read in April, 2009

Design: Eastern European matchbook covers. Hardbound.

Content: 14 stories. 3 that left a strong (positive) lasting impression. 6 that were decent, and 5 that I was fairly indifferent to.

The 3 standouts were a strange apocalyptic story from Nathaniel Minton, reading more like legend than story, an eerie sketch of misfortune and misplaced blame from Laura Hendrix, and a slight, formalist exercise from Joyce Carol Oates, effective despite its obvious, inevitable destination.

The decent examples included a long Roddy Doyle piece about coming to grips with constant change. I can't help but wonder how Roddy Doyle came to be such a constant McSweeney's contributor, though I can't really complain either.

The forgettable examples were mostly short.

Verdict: Pretty usual McSweeney's; as usual a decent introduction to abunch of new writers of some interest.

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