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McSweeney's Issue 4: Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying

af Dave Eggers (Redaktør)

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McSweeney's Issue 4 is a box containing 14 booklets. The booklets feature fiction and nonfiction, from Denis Johnson, Haruki Murakami, Sheila Heti, George Saunders, Jonathan Lethem, Rachel Cohen, Lawrence Weschler, Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, and many others. The first of many experiments in book and magazine packaging, McSweeney's Issue 4 marks a departure from the simpler paperback mold of the first three issues. For this issue, authors chose the art and design of their booklet. So, for example, Denis Johnson chose to use his son Matt's doodle for the cover of his three-act play "Hellhound On My Trail." George Saunders gave us a photo he took years ago, in Russia, for the cover of his "Four Institutional Monologues." And we took all of these booklets, and fit them in a box with a wood-footed bird adorned on the top. (For those asking Why?, there is also a booklet devoted to answering that question, written by editor Dave Eggers.) This rare issue, virtually out of print since it was first published, is now lovingly remade with a sturdier, more archive-worthy box and the same wondrous collection of prose.… (mere)
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The first three issues of McSweeney's Quarterly were uniformly sized paperback books densely covered with text and odd diagrams. The magazine's goal was to highlight writing that couldn't get published elsewhere in a way that made fun of the industry itself. Out of nowhere came Issue 4, a thick white box with a strange color illustration of a bird with human arms and wooden planks for feet. Inside the box were thirteen booklets, each containing just one story or essay, and a longer booklet containing the letters section and thirteen shorter pieces. It immediately sold out, became a collector's item, and began McSweeney's experimentation with the physical format of their issues.

While the author list is star-studded and the booklets are beautiful little things, the actual writing doesn't always match the presentation. The standouts by far are the non-fiction pieces:
"Symmes Hole" by Paul Collins about a man who advanced a theory that the earth has another world inside it complete with continents, oceans, and animals
Paul Maliszewewski's fascinating article, "Paperback Nabokov," which details the very specific ideas for cover illustrations the famous writer battled for
Another set of art history "Convergences" by the brilliant Lawrence Weschler.

The very short pieces collected in the longer booklet are generally humorous and suffer from being so short they don't engage and often rely on cliché. There are a couple of good pieces, but now most of this material would be published on the McSweeney website. The Letters section is particularly good.

Although the actual contents are a little disappointing, the issue is a beautiful object to own and enjoy. The issue I have is a 2010 second printing of the 2000 original with a sturdier box. ( )
  RobertOK | May 9, 2022 |
Many interesting words interestingly presented. ( )
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
A collection of fourteen booklets housed in a box. A wide variety of material is included; the most immediately interesting to me was Paul Maliszewski's essay on Nabokov's book jackets, and the great Paul Collins on the hollow-earth folks active in the early years of the nineteenth century. ( )
1 stem JBD1 | Aug 24, 2018 |
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Eggers, DaveRedaktørprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bearman, JoshuahBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Bradford, ArthurBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Cohen, RachelBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Collins, PaulBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Davis, LydiaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Dermansky, MarcyBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Eaton, JasonBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Featherstone, SteveBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Fusselman, AmyBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Heti, SheilaBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hudson, GabeBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Johnson, DenisBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Laughlin, NicholasBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lennon, J. RobertBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lethem, JonathanBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Maliszewski, PaulBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Miller, BenBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Moody, RickBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Murakami, HarukiBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Pacheco, DavidBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Pope, DanBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Riley-Zaleniev, Christopher P.Bidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Saunders, GeorgeBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Vowell, SarahBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Warner, JohnBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Weschler, LawrenceBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Wilsey, SeanBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Worsey, RalphBidragydermedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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McSweeney's Issue 4 is a box containing 14 booklets. The booklets feature fiction and nonfiction, from Denis Johnson, Haruki Murakami, Sheila Heti, George Saunders, Jonathan Lethem, Rachel Cohen, Lawrence Weschler, Rick Moody, Lydia Davis, and many others. The first of many experiments in book and magazine packaging, McSweeney's Issue 4 marks a departure from the simpler paperback mold of the first three issues. For this issue, authors chose the art and design of their booklet. So, for example, Denis Johnson chose to use his son Matt's doodle for the cover of his three-act play "Hellhound On My Trail." George Saunders gave us a photo he took years ago, in Russia, for the cover of his "Four Institutional Monologues." And we took all of these booklets, and fit them in a box with a wood-footed bird adorned on the top. (For those asking Why?, there is also a booklet devoted to answering that question, written by editor Dave Eggers.) This rare issue, virtually out of print since it was first published, is now lovingly remade with a sturdier, more archive-worthy box and the same wondrous collection of prose.

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