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  • Series: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (Book 30)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934781223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934781227
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SORE EYES on March 12, 2009
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The trend of late with McSweeney's is that the better the edition looks, the less content inside. Edition 30 isn't pretty and not one of the more "collectable" editions from an artistic perspective, but it's meaty and full of good stories that are solid and less sarcastic and flippant in tone than many of the McSweeney's collections. The characters are still very unusual, but the writing is less self-aware and showy. If you like McSweeney's sarcastic, some of that is still there in stories like "The Beginning of a Plan". But that sort of thing pales in comparison to the solid writing and character development in the excellent "Pine Cone" , "A Further Interpretation of Real Life Events" and "Retreat".

Stories included are:
Bill Cotter- Pfaff II
Nick Ekkixogloy- Stowaways
Kevin Moffett- Further Interpretation of Real Life Events
Etgar Keret-Bad Karma
Shelly Oria- The Beginning of a Plan
Michael Cera- Pinecone
Carson Mell-Diamond Aces
Matei Visniec-Madness
J. Malcolm Garcia-Cuts
Catherine Bussinger- Foothill Boulevard
Wells Tower-Retreat

An edition worth buying if you're looking for a few hours of solid reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2010
This is the first issue of McSweeney's to come out after Bush's presidency and the cover says it all - REJOICE! followed by "It's too late to screw it all up, right?" on the first page. Ah, McSweeney's.

A note about the design because McSweeney's has a reputation for innovative design of their issues. Whether the issue is a newspaper, a cigar box, held together with magnets, or designed to look like junk mail, they usually do something interesting. McSweeney's 30 is simply a paperback. This is a deliberate choice as they explain on the copyright page to go back to the design of their earliest issues and to help out the Icelandic printer's they used to use back then who have fallen on hard times thanks to Icelandic bankers. It's a nice choice as the attention in this issue is on the contents not on the presentation.

Bill Cotter's "Pfaff II" is about two mental patients who fall in love and escape together.

Nick Ekkizogloy's "Stowaways" is about two stoner electricians who have to work through an emergency flooding.

Kevin Moffett's "Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events" is about a wannabe writer/teacher whose father suddenly starts writing and gets published, much to his son's dismay and jealousy.

Etgar Keret's "Bad Karma" features an insurance salesman whose near death experience helps him get more sales of life insurance than anyone else but also gave him a glimpse into a parallel world.

Michael Cera's "Pinecone" is about a washed up actor in his late thirties who yells at a fast food clerk who said she didn't like one of his movies. Surprisingly good story as I was fully expecting to dislike it thinking "stick to acting, Scott Pilgrim!".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt M. Martin on May 10, 2009
The art: This issue is pretty basic, which is on purpose, as it's a throwback issue meant to look like the first McSweeney's. This may be artistic choice or editorial laziness but who cares anyway, because the McS.' art has lately been superb and the stories in this one are over 80% solid.

The writing: Issue 30 has the just absolutely-wow-wonderful "Retreat" by Wells Tower, which unfortunately causes all other stories to pale in comparison, but Kevin Moffett's and Shelly Oria's stories are also standouts, the first a fun and clever metafictional account about an author who's outdone in literary journals by his nonwriter father, the second a sharp idea about stopping and starting time--an idea that's written with the pedantic accuracy of science fiction. It's not just an idea, though, but a strong story around an idea, and has some terrific lines. "Pinecone" by Michael Cera is a lot of fun, an effortlessly readable story even more enjoyable for not being at all "literary." There are only two duds, those by Nick Ekkizogloy and Catherine Bussinger, the first a dull nonstarter, the second an out-of-place exercise in obnoxious sass and clownish characters that's less and less funny the more it strains to be. The other five stories are all solid, potent and effective--an overall strong collection, and another winner.
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