Friday, March 30, 2007

'McSweeney's Issue 21'

Edited by Dave Eggers

With work by Roddy Doyle, Stephen Elliott, Peter Orner, Joyce Carol Oates, Yannick Murphy, and Miranda July, as well as the triumphant return of Arthur Bradford and stories concerning fistfighting Mormons, New Zealand police
malfeasance, and a man named Trang, and with all of those works interspersed with heartfelt letters to Ray Charles and storyboards by some of the finest pen-and-ink artists of our day, our twenty-first issue is sure to be one of our best assemblages yet.

I quite enjoyed this issue. The pen-and-ink storyboards were great and the stories, even though some of them were a touch bizarre, were all quite interesting this time around. A couple that stood out as memorable for me were “The Pram” by Roddy Doyle, “The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan” by Rajesh Parameswaran, and “I Feel Free” by Greg Ames. I’ve heard Issue 22 is quite spectacular but I’m still waiting for it to arrive. Something to look forward to.

My Rating: 3.5/5

“That day I carried the dream around like a full glass of water, moving gracefully so I would not lose any of it.”
("Majesty" by Miranda July)


  1. I would probably never have noticed that a bookstore in Oxford, MS has McSweeney's, if you hadn't mentioned it. Do you have a favorite?

  2. Nancy,
    A favourite issue? I haven't read any of the books they publish, only the literary magazine. I actually quite enjoyed this one. The previous couple had several stories I didn't really like which neutralized the ones I did. My subscription runs to the next issue 22. I'm not sure I'll re-subscribe. Will see how I feel after the last one, whenever it finally gets here. I do like that it's in book-form. I also get Zoetrope, another lit. mag. of short stories, but because it's bound like a magazine, that means they sit around half-read.

  3. I meant favorite literary magazine issue. I saw this issue in Oxford, along with a bunch of others. I assume it's a bit like Glimmer Train. I don't know Zoetrope.

  4. Nancy,
    It's actually called Zoetrope: All-Story. ( I had never heard of Glimmer Train, but looked it up and it seems similar.


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