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.
Click through below to view images of what’s inside the Issue 36 “head.”
McSweeney’s Issue 36: From Our Head to Yours