Daily Dose Pick: McSweeney’s Issue 36

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The extremely unconventional 36th issue of McSweeney’s quarterly magazine is a box-shaped head filled with short stories, art postcards, a “lost” work by Michael Chabon, and a tiny scroll.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers founded McSweeney’s independent publishing house as a forum for indie literary-fiction authors to articulate progressive ideas. Issue 36 is a “275-cubic-inch full-color head-crate” filled with booklets and other objects, ripe for the sifting.

McSweeney’s also issues a literary journal, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern; a monthly magazine, The Believer ; and the quarterly DVD magazine, Wholphin (named after a whale-dolphin hybrid). But it’s not just about publishing — McSweeney’s also fosters literacy in the community through its nonprofit youth writing organization, 826.

Visit the McSweeney’s “portal page,” read an interview with Issue 36 author Michael Chabon, and buy your own McSweeney’s Issue 36.

Click through below to view images of what’s inside the Issue 36 “head.”

McSweeney’s Issue 36: From Our Head to Yours

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36

McSweeney’s Issue 36