7 Jan
A giant box head filled with literary goodies

The great literary magazine McSweeney’s returns with one of their most imaginatively plackaged issues, Number 36. Utilizing a very innovative presentation, which borrows more than a bit from Visionaire‘s philosophy of outside-the-box packaging (no pun intended), the “issue” is actually a 275-cubic-inch crate filled with goodies. The giant head box is filled with a litany of literary items, such as mini-books with short stories from John Brandon, Colm Tóibín, Jack Pendarvis and Wajahat Ali, clap books, postcards, a 100-page annotated fragment of Michael Chabon’s lost novel, and best of all a 40-inch fortune cookie-like scroll filled with wonderous maxims. If you’re unfamiliar with McSweeney’s, it is a literary fiction journal started by David Eggers and is consistently filled with some of the best writing around. One of the funniest pieces I’ve ever read, period, is Michael Ian Black’s What I Would Be Thinking About If I Were Billy Joel Driving Toward a Holiday Party Where I Knew There Was Going To Be a Piano. Do yourself a favor and read it now. Enjoy. Pick it up  all this literary goodness for only $23.

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