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McSweeney's Issue 12: Unpublished, Unknown, and/or Unbelievable

by Dave Eggers (Editor)

Other authors: Steve Almond (Contributor), Aimee Bender (Contributor), Jill Bialosky (Contributor), James Boice (Contributor), Ryan Boudinot (Contributor)37 more, Judy Budnitz (Contributor), Douglas Coupland (Contributor), Ann Cummins (Contributor), Andrea Deszo (Contributor), Roddy Doyle (Contributor), David Ebershoff (Contributor), Jennifer Egan (Contributor), Ben Ehrenreich (Contributor), Alicia Erian (Contributor), John Henry Fleming (Contributor), Emma Forrest (Contributor), Glen David Gold (Contributor), Myla Goldberg (Contributor), Aleksandar Hemon (Contributor), Gabe Hudson (Contributor), Laird Hunt (Contributor), Jessica Francis Kane (Contributor), Andy Lamey (Contributor), J. Robert Lennon (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), Wythe Marschall (Contributor), Rhett Miller (Contributor), Rick Moody (Contributor), Marc Nesbitt (Contributor), Peter Orner (Contributor), Julie Orringer (Contributor), Salavdor Plascensia (Contributor), Shann Ray (Contributor), Sarah Raymont (Contributor), Stacey Richter (Contributor), Katie Roiphe (Contributor), Rachel Sherman (Contributor), Chad Simpson (Contributor), Steve Stiefel (Contributor), Darin Strauss (Contributor), Dean Wareham (Contributor), Ashley Warlick (Contributor)

Series: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (12)

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Issue 12 is made up of three parts. The first and largest section consists entirely of new writers -- new to us, probably new to you, and not even well-known by their own families.Part two is a new story from Roddy Doyle, featuring Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments.Part three is a collection of twenty-minute stories, by which we mean stories written in twenty minutes, from all sorts of people that you know and do not know.… (more)
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This issue has a striking, cartoon cover that folds out to create a 3D optical illusion, although I could never get it to work. The contents are divided into three sections, each delineated by different colored paper. There's a new authors section (great excerpt here from Salvador Plascencia's 2005 novel, "The People of Paper"), a Roddy Doyle story (a similar story to his novel, "The Commitments"), and a section of 29 very brief stories by various authors each written in twenty minutes. ( )
  RobertOK | Oct 24, 2022 |
Issue 12 features 12 stories by 12 new writers, a story by McSweeney regular Roddy Doyle and a selection of 20-minute flash fiction curated by Dave Eggers. As always with McSweeney's, it's a mixed bag and your enjoyment of it is going to depend to some extent on your tolerance for hipster literary showboating. Highlights for me were the Doyle story and the piece about growing up in Ceausescu's Romania by Andrea Dezso that reads like dystopian Elena Ferrante. ( )
  0ldScratch | Jun 18, 2021 |
The 20 minute stories are pretty good. Roddy Doyle's piece is excellent. ( )
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Interestingly done, but another volume in which there just wasn't much that held my attention very well. The design is great, though, and I love the idea of the twenty-minute stories. ( )
  JBD1 | Sep 12, 2018 |
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Issue 12 is made up of three parts. The first and largest section consists entirely of new writers -- new to us, probably new to you, and not even well-known by their own families.Part two is a new story from Roddy Doyle, featuring Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments.Part three is a collection of twenty-minute stories, by which we mean stories written in twenty minutes, from all sorts of people that you know and do not know.

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