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Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans:…

Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor…

by Dave Eggers (Editor), Lee Epstein (Editor), Suzanne Kleid (Editor), Kevin Shay (Editor), John Warner (Editor)

Other authors: Jeff Alexander (Contributor), Stephany Aulenback (Contributor), Chris Bachelder (Contributor), Ross Barnes (Contributor), Tom Bissell (Contributor)36 more, Michael Ian Black (Contributor), Tim Blair (Contributor), Zev Borow (Contributor), Arthur Bradford (Contributor), Brodie H. Brockie (Contributor), Sean Carman (Contributor), Tim Carvell (Contributor), Sean Condon (Contributor), Peter Ferland (Contributor), T.G. Gibbon (Contributor), Ben Greenman (Contributor), Kevin Guilfoile (Contributor), John Hodgman (Contributor), Jeff Johnson (Contributor), Brian Kennedy (Contributor), Dan Kennedy (Contributor), Kurt Luchs (Contributor), Harry Magnan (Foreword), John Moe (Contributor), Christopher Monks (Contributor), Mark O'Donnell (Contributor), Alysia Gray Painter (Contributor), Keith Pille (Contributor), Neil Pollack (Contributor), Todd Pruzan (Contributor), Greg Purcell (Contributor), Andy Rathbun (Contributor), Jason Roeder (Contributor), Tom Ruprecht (Contributor), Jim Stallard (Contributor), Jake Swearingen (Contributor), Paul Tullis (Contributor), J.M. Tyree (Contributor), Stuart Wade (Contributor), Joshua Watson (Contributor), R.J. White (Contributor)

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Meh. And again I say - meh. And can I just say that I don't LIKE McSweeney's? Okay? I live in McSweeney's-land, I feel as if San Francisco is some sort of theme park of the mind for McSweeney's, and it just flat out leaves me cold. This collection is like David Letterman in prose -- lots of silly lists, lots of snarky pastiches of easy pop culture targets, sometimes with a meta level thrown in to please the grad students. I did laugh at the bad baby names, but don't waste my time calling this literature, okay? Go back and read James Thurber, and be amazed, amazed, at the command of prose style the man has in his best work, and the amount of literary reading you have to have done to fully enjoy what he's offering. You'll laugh, but it won't be hollow laughter. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
Some of these are very funny. I got the book so I could reread them. Some of them are sort of funny. Some are so-so. A good random road-trip read to pass the time. ( )
  amaraduende | Mar 30, 2013 |
Wrong gender, wrong age, wrong demographic. Could you please pass me that New Yorker? ( )
  ReneeGKC | Feb 17, 2012 |
A collection of various short stories/essays/lists from the infamous McSweeney's magazine/website.One of the rare books that consistently made me laugh all the way. Not as funny as the [book: McSweeney's Joke Book of Joke Books] but still a grin maker. ( )
  kanata | Apr 11, 2010 |
Do not read this book if you are sharing a couch with your boyfriend who wants to read his own book, because you will have to interupt his reading every 2.4 minutes to read aloud a list or two or all. ( )
  jentifer | Aug 15, 2009 |
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This collection of humor from the quarterly magazine McSweeney's has a smattering of pieces that go on too long or whose shelf life has expired, but mostly it breaks mold after mold in hilarious fashion.

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Eggers, DaveEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Epstein, LeeEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kleid, SuzanneEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Shay, KevinEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Warner, JohnEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aulenback, StephanyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bachelder, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnes, RossContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bissell, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, Michael IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blair, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borow, ZevContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradford, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brockie, Brodie H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carman, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carvell, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Condon, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferland, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibbon, T.G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenman, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guilfoile, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodgman, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Luchs, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Magnan, HarryForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moe, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monks, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Donnell, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Painter, Alysia GrayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pille, KeithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Pruzan, ToddContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Purcell, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rathbun, AndyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roeder, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruprecht, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stallard, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swearingen, JakeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tullis, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tyree, J.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wade, StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watson, JoshuaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A selection of humorous pieces from the popular literary magazine includes "Circumstance Under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of My Fellow Jurors" and "The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio."

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