The Best of McSweeney’s

Eggers’ omelette.


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My first encounter with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern was at Reading Frenzy bookstore in the summer of 1999. The literary journal looked like nothing else. The cover of Issue 3 was filigreed w   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Winemakers of the Willamette Valley

More boxed than bottled.


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In conversation with Oregon oenophiles, California is a curse word. John Vincent and Vivian Perry capitalize on this fiery state pride with Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

A rotten story, told brilliantly.


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From the beginning of Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury, 272 pages, $26), Jesmyn Ward makes clear her memoir isn’t going to be an easy ride. By telling her story, she hopes, “I’ll understand why my    More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

A. Scott Berg, Wilson

Wilson: the last openly racist U.S. president.


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Woodrow Wilson’s rise to president of the U.S. was as meteoric and improbable as Barack Obama’s a century later. Within a decade of becoming president of Princeton University, Wilson “left   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Robert Boswell, Tumbledown

Robert Boswell: 103.


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Tumbledown (Graywolf, 429 pages, $26) is a book about shallow love, lust and sex in a mental institution. The plot is a complicated web of love triangles, and by the end you’ll know exactly—   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Danny Bland, In Case We Die

Chokin’ on the ashes of her enemy…


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If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early ’90s Seattle was all about, you’d probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Rob Sheffield, Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sing us a song/You’re the writer man!


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Karaoke ruined Rob Sheffield’s life, and it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to him.  In 2000, the lanky Rolling Stone writer was a 33-year-old widower living, ominously enough,    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Curtis White, The Science Delusion

Keep away from Curtis White’s brain!


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If his new book, The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers (Melville House, 224 pages, $24), is any guide, Curtis White has the same nightmare every night: Richar   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Peter Hoffmeister, Graphic the Valley

Burning bulldozers and choking mountain lions.


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Tenaya, the protagonist of Graphic the Valley (Tyrus, 265 pages, $24.95), was born in the back of an old Plymouth just west of the iconic El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park. Midway thro   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine

Talent is in the blood.


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Beau Rosenwald is not a Hollywood pretty boy. He will never be handsome.  He’s 5-foot-8, 275 pounds. But as the narrator of American Dream Machine (Tin House, 460 pages, $25.95) explains, if    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

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