McSweeney's Issue 34 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund
Our laurels went unrested on for this one: Issue 34 features new stories of shipwrecks and kidnappings and bad vacations by (among others) Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, and T. C. Boyle, new letters about wine and Hawaii from John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, twenty-one dead-on self-portraits drawn by the likes of Michael Martone, Michel Gondry, and Sarah Silverman, and, beyond all this, in a standalone volume, Nick McDonell's stunning exploration of the latest iteration of the war in Iraq?a ground-level account from within the 1st Cavalry Division. The whole thing weighs in at just under 400 pages, and comes in its own custom-made double-sleeve. It is, without a doubt, a beaut.
Contributors to issue 34 include: Arthur Bradford, Eric Calderwood, Tim Carvell, Julio Villanueva Chang, Brian T. Edwards, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, Sodienye Kurubo, Andrew Leland, David Shields, Sarah Vowell, Mona Awad, Tom Barbash, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Sean Casey, Bridget Clerkin, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, Annie Holmes, David Means, and Peter Orner.
Plus self-portraits by Joey Lauren Adams, Jonathan Ames, Ramin Bahrani, Lisa Brown, Seymour Chwast, Stephen Elliott, Brian Evenson, Michel Gondry, Rashida Jones, Nicole Holofcener, Arsinée Khanjian, Jon Langford, Mike Leigh, Jonathan Lethem, Ben Marcus, Greil Marcus, Michael Martone, Jack Pendarvis, Davy Rothbart, and Sarah Silverman.