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“Some great stuff in this one. I highly recommend the end section on the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.”Joseph S wrote this review Friday, June 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Approaching my first read of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, I had certain assumptions, namely these: that McSweeney's incorporated into a single magazine a number of humorous and whimsical narratives depicting a predominantly West Coast U.S. lifestyle and epitomized the acme of contemporary writing. All except the last of these assumptions I have seriously revised after my encounter.
It isn't so much a magazine. They should warn you of that. It's way more like a Matryoshka doll--the Russian nesting doll--that keeps opening up and you find books, full propositions. It moves you. It challenges your perspective of the human condition. It moves you across the U.S. and overseas to "Third World" countries. The writing excels but in a way that's much more than just the "Wow! That's such a creative and amusing story that titillated me senseless" way that you shrug off and move on throughout your life. It nags at you even afterward when you lay it down and think of moving on.
Hmm, maybe that's why they don't warn you and, instead, pass it out under the auspices of a harmless smattering of whimsical narrative.”