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this new McSweeney's, number 13, that turned up in my mail this week looks like maybe the most beautiful issue that they've ever put together. And that's saying something given their history of producing really nice volumes.

Who knows if I'll ever get around to actually reading it beyond flipping through the pages and looking at the introduction and just feeling generally amazed by the foldout dustjacket, hidden mini-books, and gorgrous detailing. It seems that lately I have a hundred things in progress and no attention span whatsoever.

I'm actually making the situation sound a lot worse than it is. I started reading House of Leaves (er, House of Leaves?) this week, which is kind of a big step since I'm embarrassed to be in the midst of a phase where I can't even remember the last novel I read.1 The real culprit is the always growing stack of scientific articles, regularly arriving magazines, purchased but unread novels, and a couple of unfinished short story collections.

But this McSweeney's is a comics issue, which is neat (though my first instinct is to read the text parts). I haven't really read comics since I gave up on the continuing soap operatic saga of the X-men and friends. I mean, I read Calivn & Hobbes and get the Boondocks in my email, but that's about it. Not even the comics in The New Yorker (amazingly); so this should be interesting.

[1] See above regarding no attention span. I finished Master & Margarita about one month ago.


I am similarly in love with #13...I stayed up way too late the past two nights flipping through it and reading bits and pieces, wishing I had more time to spend on it right now. Unfortunately because I'm an idiot, I accidentally have two copies. I thought my subscription ended with 12, so I got a new one starting with 13. But apparently my math is rusty and my scrip ended with 13, so now I'm trying to figure out if I know anyone who would appreciate it enough for me to give the second copy away.

The mini-books are the coolest thing ever.
you should email them to let them know that they made a mistake so that your renewal will be good for another issue. they're a little slow to process that stuff, but seem pretty friendly and reasonable about fixing their mistakes.

as for the extra issue: are there any bookstores in East Lansing that carry it? you might be able to return it for store credit.