Posts Tagged: mcsweeney’s

Sound & Vision: Michael Hearst

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Allyson McCabe talks with Michael Hearst, a founding member of One Ring Zero, about how he got his start in music and writing, and what he’s been working on recently.

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Truth and Beauty: Talking with Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The new Editor-in-Chief of The Believer dismantles stereotypes of Las Vegas, discusses the magazine’s acquisition, and makes a case for bringing journalism into the academy.

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This Week in Books: Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]

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This Week in Essays

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Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s. For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen. Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus.

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Notable San Francisco: 12/14–12/20

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Wednesday 12/14: McSweeney’s presents Emily Carr (Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, or a Sonnet). Free, 7 p.m., Alley Cat Books. Michael Chabon reads from his new book, Moonglow. Free, 7 p.m., Diesel, A Bookstore. Thursday 12/15: Poet and “political researcher” Peter Dale Scott reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., The Green Arcade.

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The Rumpus Interview with Brian Booker

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Brian Booker discusses his debut collection Are You Here For What I’m Here For?, giving characters strange and unusual names, and sleeping sickness.

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John Cheever Could Never Be a Single Mother

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John Cheever, known as the “Chekov of the suburbs” for his fiction’s signature focus on the domestic, suburban family life in the 40s and 50s, probably couldn’t hack being a single mom today. At McSweeney’s, Jeanne Darst shares the excerpts from Cheever’s fiction that pretty much hit this head on the nail.

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Dark Magic Your Way to Better Writing

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Are you in a rut with your writing? Blocked for ideas and inspiration? Finding those writing exercises designed to spark your imagination getting a little stale? Try some writing exorcises instead, courtesy of McSweeney’s. A little dark magic might go a long way to helping you buck those obstacles to your writing.

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A Toast to a Better Life

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Now, if you’re thinking, “a toaster is not a good enough reason to continuing living such a futile existence,” then you’ve never experienced the way a piece of golden brown, bread, gently rising from an evenly-heated, cooking chamber, can lift one’s battered spirits from even the darkest pits of despair. Turns out toasters are a […]

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Accidental Transformation

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Since the accident, he hasn’t been the same. He talks a little lower. He’s isn’t quick to laugh. He takes more time to himself in the evenings, and isn’t his chipper self in the mornings. Something about the accident changed him. Over at McSweeney’s, Seth Reiss writes about all of the transforming powers an accident […]

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If Hillary Clinton Wrote a Dystopian YA Novel

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There was no denying it, Athena was lost. She had walked the road to Deasey Castle for many years, but now, no matter what road she took, the glorious castle spires were no closer. Escape the never-ending political sideshow for some fun fictional role-playing and follow Athena Kindness, warrior and opportunistic people-pleaser, through selections of […]

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When White Saviors Create Literary Journals

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Hey! We’re white! And we all voted for Obama! Twice! We should do something to help the literary downtrodden. American literature is already frustrating enough with publishing sorely lacking in diversity. But things can be even worse when the white-dominated industry tries too hard to appeal to writers of color. Read this scathing and hilarious satire […]

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How a Freelancer Prays

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The writing life is hard, especially in the finance department and in the unstable nature of a freelancer’s status. Over at McSweeney’s, Marco Kaye writes a poignant representation of the inner monologue of the pleading, praying freelancer: Assist me in negotiating the rate I deserve. Allow for rate negotiations, period. Help me get better at this […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Amy Fusselman

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Amy Fusselman discusses her latest memoir/manifesto/philosophical treatise Savage Park, the rise of a new kind of nonfiction, and what kind of art “discombobulates her and makes her scream.”

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The Rumpus Interview with Etgar Keret

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Writer Etgar Keret talks about his new memoir The Seven Good Years, the early criticism he faced as a writer, and the surreal that is always waiting.

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