Monday, January 17, 2005

The Best of McSweeney's, Volume 1
edited by Dave Eggers

This book made me want to give McSweeney's another look. I love its sister publication, The Believer. But McSweeney's was too caught-up with experimental fiction to be interesting, it seemed to me before. But then reading this I found they'd published journalism and some actually enjoyable stories. Another couple books of stories and reporting issued by the McSweeney's world, which I read recently and recommend: McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
Michael Chabon
This is the same as issue #10 of McSweeney's Quarterly. The stories varied a lot in quality and interest to me, but there were some gems, and I discovered a couple new authors here.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2002)
by Dave Eggers
The 2003 collection is even better. I haven't read the 2004 one yet, but when I think about it I nearly wet my pants.


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