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The Best of McSweeney's Hardcover – December 31, 2013
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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All of which makes this "Best Of" collection a little off-putting, in that it, well, isn't. The very best things McSweeney's has ever published are alarmingly absent: Anthony Doerr's "Memory Wall" is not here; neither is Jim Shepard's "Tedford and the Megalodon" or Douglas Coupland's biji from Issue 31, Joe Meno's "Stockholm Syndrome," Stephen Millhauser's "The Tower" (or "American Tall Tale" or "Rapunzel"), Brian Baise's "It's Nice When Someone Is Excited to Hear From You," J.T.K. Belle's "Carlos the Impossible," Jonathan Franzen's "Ambition," Robert Coover's "The Queen," Edmund White's memoir from Issue 18--anything from T.C. Boyle! Where are these pieces?! It's like getting the greatest hits of a band and not hearing the band's biggest single, but hearing some woeful b-side instead.
As for those b-sides, we have a David Foster Wallace piece Wallace himself was too bashful to include under his real name. It's a stinker, too, a 50-page marketing seminar about snack food products that overstays its welcome by a good 48 pages. Julia Hecht's very boring essay on Marimekko dresses is included for some reason, as is Andrew Sean Greer's tedious, predictable play-by-play of his visit to a NASCAR race.Read more ›
The Best of McSweeney's book by itself costs $35 and outsells it.
This is the premier literary magazine of the past decades with the best of today's authors.
I purchased this one thinking, I have read every McSweeney's, what more can there be?
The collection is arranged beautifully!!
A must have for any McSweeney's connoisseur!!
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I love my new boxed set! I never get enough of some of the best writing, not to mention the funniest, being produced today. Read morePublished 18 months ago by mamma bear4
I enjoy Dave Eggars, but many of the works selected are dry, too cute, and precious. They lack the guts of something uncompromising from, say, Malamud or Oates, or even... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charles Coulter