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The "Cover Stories" issue features today's top writers rewriting (or covering) classic stories. To name a few, there's Roxane Gay channeling Margaret Atwood, Jess Walter embodying James Joyce, Meg Wolitzer taking on J.D. Salinger—thirteen stories, all told, each featuring stunning illustrations by the award-winning design outfit Aesthetic Apparatus. Guest—art directed by legendary album-cover designers Gary Burden and Jenice Heo of R. Twerk & Co.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940450094
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country, including Denis Johnson, Jonathan Franzen, William T. Vollmann, Rick Moody, Joyce Carol Oates, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ben Marcus, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T. C. Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Gabe Hudson, Robert Coover, Ann Beattie, and many others. At the same time, the journal continues to be a major home for new and unpublished writers; we’re committed to publishing exciting fiction regardless of pedigree.

Table of Contents

6. Letters from Wajahat Ali, Nick Jaina, Robin Terrell, Kimberly Harrington, Mary Miller, Rick Moody, Will Butler, and Ariel S. Winter.

17. Introduction

19. Selected excerpts from Gary Burden's autobiography Nobody Knows

37. The Babysitter, Emily Raboteau

61. The Lottery, Redux, Megan Mayhew Bergman

71. The Tell-Tale Heart, Anthony Marra

79. Falling Faintly, Jess Walter

97. Once, Lauren Groff

101. Men On Bikes, Roxane Gay

109. Company, Namwali Serpell

125. And So On, Kiese Laymon

137. If You're Happy And You Know It, Meg Wolitzer

147. The Argentine Ant, T.C. Boyle

167. One Hour, Every Seven Years, Alice Sola Kim

181. Sleepy, Chris Abani

191. The Yellow Wallpaper, Tom Drury

Cover Poems

49. "The Metaphor Program" by Brian Turner

65. "Poem for Keats" by Matthew Zapruder

75. "Having a Coke with You" by Rebecca Lindenberg

105. "Roofers" by Stephen Burt

140. "Poem on the Occasion of Weekly Staff Meeting" by Matthew Zapruder

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