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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Issue 22

(McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)

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Publisher: McSweeney's

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 350 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 1932416668 | Isbn-13: 9781932416664 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Curator: Dave Eggers

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Book Description
McSweeney's Issue 22 is a three-part exercise in inspired restriction — of author, of content, and of form. In section one, poets (yes — poets!) including Mary Karr, Denis Johnson, C. D. Wright, and D. C. Berman initiate poet-chains, picking a poem of their own and one by another poet. The next poet will then do the same, and then again, and again, and so on. In section two, Fitzgerald (yes — F. Scott Fitzgerald!) provides a list of unused story premises first cataloged in The Crack-Up; his mission is completed by writers like Diane Williams and Nick Flynn. In section three, finally, the president of France's (yes — France!) legendary Oulipians offers a rare glimpse into his group's current experiments with linguistic constraint. Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
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    Mixed Bag

    This issue was a very mixed bag of material. I am no poetry fan, so a third of it was out the window from the get-go. The Oulipo (sp?) work is intriguing, though not horribly enjoyable to read. In ...continue

    This issue was a very mixed bag of material. I am no poetry fan, so a third of it was out the window from the get-go. The Oulipo (sp?) work is intriguing, though not horribly enjoyable to read. In all, I like the fact that this issue was so disparate that there was no guilt in only reading what interested you, and ignoring the other parts. Typically with these, there is a sense of accomplishment in reading the whole "book", but not the case in this issue. That was a nice change.

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