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McSweeney's #28 By Dave Eggers Daniel Alarcón Sheila Heti Nathan Englander,

  • Title: McSweeney's #28
  • Author: Dave Eggers Daniel Alarcón Sheila Heti Nathan Englander
  • ISBN: 9781934781074
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In eight illustrated books, elegantly held together in a single beribboned case, McSweeney s 28 explores the state of the fable those astute and irreducible allegories one doesn t see so much any in our strange new age, when everyone is wild for the latest parable or apologue but can t find time for anything else Featuring fable length work by Daniel Alarc n, Sheila HIn eight illustrated books, elegantly held together in a single beribboned case, McSweeney s 28 explores the state of the fable those astute and irreducible allegories one doesn t see so much any in our strange new age, when everyone is wild for the latest parable or apologue but can t find time for anything else Featuring fable length work by Daniel Alarc n, Sheila Heti, and Nathan Englander, and different illustrators for each piece, McSweeney s 28 promises to offer many nights worth of fine reading.
    McSweeney s In eight illustrated books elegantly held together in a single beribboned case McSweeney s explores the state of the fable those astute and irreducible allegories one doesn t see so much any in o

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    1. My review of Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans would probably suffice here, as well Wow this is pretty Wow this cleverly designed Not to mention perfect design for this issue s theme, fables But the stories, i don t know Maybe I just don t like fables There are a few good ones in here, don t get me wrong But they are still just good And the others Isn t McSweeney s in a position to pick what they will Don t they have better options I mean, the Believer kicks ass But the quarterly concern [...]

    2. This edition of McSweeney s is so cool It s made up of 8 individually bound miniature stories, each being written by a different author with art provided by a different illustrator If you lay the books face down in two sets of rectangles, they make up two different murals Despite liking this idea, sadly I fail to see how the actual artwork of these murals really reflects the content or the overall feeling of the stories Most of the artwork inside the individual stories is really quirky and match [...]

    3. McSweeney s 28 is made up of 8 small hardbacks contained within a cardboard container The two sets of 8 books make up two fantastic painted covers, one of which is the one you see as the main cover, of a boy with his ear to the ground while a fire or a tree radiates from him The books are very short, about 14 pages each with lots of illustrations, so this is probably the quickest issue of McSweeney s you ll read That said, some of the stories here are quite brilliant Brian Evenson s The Book and [...]

    4. Excerpt from What I ve Been Reading, August 2008 McSweeney s tackles the subject with gusto, asking eight writers to come up with their own version of the fable, binding them in small, attractive mini books and arranging them to create a beautiful and artful package of literary wonder It s what McSweeney s does best find a theme, create beautiful book design, accomplish what s becoming and impossible a book worth keeping based on look alone, a book worth treasuring because of great content.The [...]

    5. This isn t one of the issues of McSweeney s that you buy for a substantial read if it takes anyone than an hour to read it all I d be surprised It s been a while since I finished a book on the same day it was delivered.But it s a book of fables, and the power of a fable isn t in the reading, it s in the retelling, and I could see a few of these fables having a life beyond the pages of these perfectly produced little books It s easy to imagine a headmaster using one as the basis for a school ass [...]

    6. McSweeney s is meant to be a literary org, but what drew them to me in the first place was the design, and that still what keeps me loyal This set of eight little books, cleverly packaged almost like a puzzle, was a Xmas gift from Heather thank you, Heather They were such a joy to read because they were pretty And there were a couple perfect little tales in the lot of eight Several, though, just left me empty A fable should be neat beginning, middle, end, all tied up with all the answers When yo [...]

    7. This is art and fable, a collection of eight individual books that fit together like a puzzle with two layers, one of miners and one of a boy in a forest In these eight individual books are fables, by definition a story that teaches a lesson they are often short These eight authors created tales that range in subject from an egg boy who eats himself and then stands by when his sister is blamed to a story of a boy who repeatedly meets an older version of himself who is able to tell him about the [...]

    8. Some favorite writers here Brian Evenson,Ryan Boudinot, who wrote the excellent collectionThe Littlest Hitler and Sarah Manguso who wrote one part of the 145 Stories in a Small Box set And of course Daniel Alarcon Still, it s pretty slight But it is the first volume of McSwy s I ve read entirely in quite a while Virgil Walker by Arthur Bradford was by far my favorite of the bunch And despite the book description above, it s not 300 pages not even close.

    9. If you could judge books by their covers, McSweeney s Quarterlies would always get 5 stars Unfortunately, this newest installment offers very little in terms of an exploration and revision of the fable, which is the theme There are a couple of contributors that I may check on in the future however, there was only one story out of eight that I thought was memorable and that s just because I love octopi.

    10. One of the coolest McSweeney s issues ever Consists of eight small, thin hardback books each a modern fable that combine to make two paintings, one layered on top of the other, all held in place by little elastic bands Very creative.It was a quick read, due to each book s short fabled content But each had illustrations to supplement, most of the stories were excellent, and I really enjoyed the whole issue Keep it up McSweeney s

    11. I like McSweeney s, and I love the packaging of this issue, and in theory the idea of it is terrific that is to resurrect and reinvent the art of the fable I think the reality is that the eight stories are moderately entertaining, but I feel slightly unsatisfied As if I were only just getting started yet had already reached the end I feel like the issue is missing having at least one slightly substantial story in the mix.

    12. 1 The Box by Sarah Manguso2 The Thousands by Daniel Alarc n3 Two Free Men by Sheila Heti4 LaKeisha and the Dirty Girl by Tayari Jones5 The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself by Ryan Boudinot6 Virgil Walker by Arthur Bradford7 The Book and the Girl by Brian Evenson8 Poor Little Egg Boy Hatched in a Shul by Nathan EnglanderYou might rank them differently.

    13. It s nice to look at, a good idea, and took about forty minutes to read in its entirety This probably means I m missing the point of returning to the idea of the fable or something, but guys like me, who order McSwy s because they like to read stuff, generally hope for than an hour s use out of a book they paid 20 for, or whatever a quarter of the annual subscription rate is.

    14. Beautifully designed, but I found the fables to be underwhelming I recommend checking out Kate Bernheimer s Horse, Flower, Bird for a interesting take on the terse, simplistic style of fables, that still captures their abstract and often disturbing nature.

    15. Eight modern fables, of varying subject, style, and quality, each by a different author and illustrated by a different artist and packaged in an unwieldy frame I like the thought, but on the whole this was a very brief and uninspiring entry to the series Still, I can see myself dragging many of the independent stories back out to re read at some point.

    16. Amazing As mentioned in it s introduction about fables, It will hold our hands throughout the story and then smack us at the end, gently, right between the eyes All of these do just that The ones I thought do it best The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself by Ryan Boudinot, Two Free Men by Sheila Heti, and The Box by Sarah Manguso.

    17. I should probably read this before I review it, huh Oh well I m already in love with this issue of McSweeneys, in which 8 original short fables are packaged in little books arranged as puzzle pieces in a sturdy black tray Literature or not, it s a gorgeous conversation piece, and reasonably priced for what it is An emphatic MUST for book design packaging geeks.

    18. I, too, felt unsatisfied by some of the fables, and yet wow ed by the art I think McSweeney s may need to re think the quality of content now, and I hope you do go back to your former wild, wacky, entertaining and quality self soon I want to keep my subscription but have been less than wow ed lately

    19. This is an issue that made me passionate about McSweeney s First time i saw it about 4,5 years ago in the library and promised myself that as soon as i have enough money i will subscribe Now i have almost all issues published Two Free Man was a story i read first at the time And i loved it It is not a lot of reading i finished all issue in 30 mins but it is so special

    20. The design on this thing is beautiful Eight tiny books that fit into a box in two layers they make a sort of book puzzle But the fables themselves didn t wow me aside from a chilling one by Brian Evenson , the interior illustrations are hit or miss, and I read the whole thing in about 20 minutes Not enough fictional bang for the actual buck.

    21. Perfectly designed for its purpose to package eight individual fables This took me less than an hour to read, but I found the whole process of pulling apart the set and reading each story really satisfying My favorite fables were The Book and the Girl and The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself.

    22. Better in conceit than in actuality, the fairy tales contained within are also multiple picture puzzles when unopened It s utterly beautiful on the outside, and the insides are playful and charming, if still ultimately tinged with the hopelessness and melancholy that makes them literary.

    23. great artworkckaging is perfectis one is definitely for summer to read bringing back the fable I m putting it in my car for the next time i see you enjoy the moment you put on booklet down, you pick the next up and you re through eight stories in no time.

    24. Man, oh man This is beautiful stuff, even if you don t like fables My faves are Sarah Manguso s and Ryan Boudinot s Each little book is lovingly designed if not a little slight read it all in minutes.

    25. A very short but enjoyable collection of eight fables The fourth star is for the unbelievably gorgeous formatting and presentation of the issue, as well as the excellent illustrations for the individual stories.

    26. Eight little books, bound in a most unusual way beautifully of modern fables None of the grabbed me than the art on the covers and the line illustrations inside McSweeney s is always interesting.

    27. meraviglia delle meraviglie, uno dei McSweeney s pi belli otto libretti a formare due quadri da esporre di piatto sulla libreria racconti dedicati questa volta alla favola magistrali i racconti di Englander e Bradford

    28. The design of this issue of worth five stars, while the content is worth maybe two Most of the fables aren t especially moving or even interesting, though two of them, Virgil Walker by Arthur Bradford and Two Free Men by Sheila Heti really stand out.

    29. After being such a huge fan of 27, this issue was a big disappointment Maybe if I liked Children s Lit , I would have enjoyed this, but the fable genre just strikes me as almost stupid The covers were great.

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