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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

McSweeney's #24

Book #21 on my reading list was McSweeney's #24.

This issue of McSweeney's is split into two parts, with each half of the book binded on opposite sides. One side is a tribute to Donald Barthelme featuring commentary by such stalwarts as George Saunders and Padgett Powell as well as two uncollected stories from Barthelme himself. It's mostly stories about Barthelme himself rather than fiction inspired by him, but it's an interesting read nonetheless. The two Barthelme stories included at the end are not his best and probably not a great place to start for the uninitiated.

The B-Side is a collection of six stories that have nothing to do with Barthelme. Of these I most enjoyed Jonathan Ames' Guy Noir gone wrong "Bored to Death".

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is necessary to my contentment that I start buying these or subscribe--not only the quarterly, but all of the incredible things birthed from the moist, slightly smelly fancies of those skipping about the halls of McSweeney's collecting stories from here and there, commenting on this or that.

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