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Why We Need Nonprofit Publishers

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books

The announcement on Thursday that independent publisher McSweeney’s plans to become a nonprofit inevitably carried a note of gloom. Though described...

Everything We Love In One Video

Posted 03.12.2014 | Comedy

Check out this utterly charming animated short from Vulture and McSweeney's featuring the brilliant H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob's Burgers", "Archer") narrat...

Could Poetry Start an Educational Revolution?

Travis Nichols | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Dorothea Lasky is a force of nature. Not only has she published three full-length books and numerous chapbooks of magnificent poetry, she is also a fierce advocate for placing creativity at the core of childhood education.

Dave Eggers & San Francisco Writers Join Forces to Keep Kids in College

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 12.27.2012 | San Francisco
Lee Daniel Kravetz

With an ever-widening gap between the number of rich and poor that earn bachelor's degrees, dropping out of college often has devastating effects on their lives. ScholarMatch harnesses technology and the community-at-large to make up these shortfalls.

Laraine Newman Finds Lucky Peach

One For The Table | Posted 01.30.2013 | Media
One For The Table

My husband used to quote his Turkish grandpa Bernie about the secret to creating a successful business. Something about finding a gap in the market; a...

Obama Has Worked to Curb Urban Violence

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.18.2012 | Black Voices
Russell Simmons

When more black men were killed in one year (2009) than all of the US soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to date, we must give this problem the utmost attention. We must find solutions to curb the violence.

Litquake and San Francisco Writers' Grotto Announce Lit Camp

Nicki Richesin | Posted 11.11.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

There's a new literary camp in town. Litquake and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto have joined their wonder twin powers to form Lit Camp a literary writing intensive with representatives from McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA and The Rumpus.

I'm Voting for Obama Because I Love Money, But I'm Not Money's B*tch

Patton Oswalt | Posted 11.06.2012 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

Nothing wrong with being rich. Nothing wrong with striving and bettering yourself. But there's definitely something wrong with people confusing capitalism and corporatism (the latter wants to destroy the former) -- and then demanding everyone else make the same mistake.

New Dave Eggers Book On Sale This Month

Posted 06.04.2012 | Books

A new book by Dave Eggers, the bestselling author of the unconventional memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," goes on sale later this mo...

Sheila Heti's The Middle Stories, 10 Years Later

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 05.15.2012 | Books
Brian Joseph Davis

Do you remember the days of 2002? I remember Toronto author Sheila Heti's first book, The Middle Stories. I remember how different it seemed from all other fiction. I spoke with Heti recently about the new edition.

Author T. C. Boyle's Archive Acquired by Harry Ransom Center

Elana Estrin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Books
Elana Estrin

Spanning more than 30 years, from the 1970s through the present, and featuring manuscripts, correspondence, professional files and teaching material the archive covers the breadth of T.C. Boyle's prolific career.

2011 Workers Voice Awards Named, Signals Strong Year for Worker-Based Themes in Pop Culture

Wyatt Closs | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Can a film about an immigrant father struggling to start a gardening business be a defining work of 2011? Yes. Who was best at amplifying workers' voi...

Inside This Place Not of It

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 01.07.2012 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen have founded a nonprofit division of McSweeney's Books called Voice of Witness, meant to empower those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice.

New Book Teaches Babies HTML

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books

Forget "mama" and "dada"--your child's first words should be "Backslash A". We've seen an increase of parenting humor books in the form of par...

Interview With John Warner, Author of The Funny Man

Teddy Wayne | Posted 11.20.2011 | Books
Teddy Wayne

John Warner is now set to make his literary debut with The Funny Man, a tragicomic novel about a pedestrian comedian who rockets to unhappy success by performing with his fist in his mouth.

A Visit to My Kitchen: Peggy Drexler

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.20.2011 | Home
Maria Rodale

Peggy Drexler is in my kitchen today talking about her Philly food roots, a favorite tool for tea in the kitchen, and where she gets her food news.

A Look Inside David Chang's Lucky Peach Magazine Debut

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home

Momofuku's David Chang doesn't do anything halfway. So when he decided to delve into the world of publishing, he wasn't going to be content with just ...

Independent Publishers: Saving Jobs And Literature?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.22.2011 | Books

This year I attended two very different writing-centered extravaganzas: the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) a...

McSweeney's: Fragments from 'Weiner! The Musical'

mcsweeneys.net | Posted 08.09.2011 | Comedy

[ANTHONY WEINER sits at home, bored.] ANTHONY WEINER I was an early bloomer I started with Chuck Schumer As his protégée That's my résumé. [...

So You Wanted To Be A Food Critic

McSweeney's | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

You were never able to commit to any specific career path. You went through phases where you wanted to be just about everything imaginable, from an ar...

Book Review: Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stefan Sirucek

If you could spend an hour inside Mike Sacks' brain you would probably get lost. You might also find yourself giggling uncontrollably or wind up sobbing in a ball on the floor.

New McSweeney's Cookbook Imprint To Kick Off With David Chang Journal

Publisher's Weekley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The David Chang journal and app that was announced last week is just the first of a new imprint McSweeney's Books is launching later this spring. Insp...

McSweeney's Will Publish Rumsfeld Novel On Same Day As His Memoir

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld publishes his memoir on February 8th, McSweeney's will publish a "high-wire allegory" entitled Donald...

Lemony Snicket's Christmas Story (VIDEO)

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

Better late than never (had hoped to publish this on Christmas Eve) here's Lemony Snicket with his Christmas story, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screa...

McSweeney's: H.P. Lovecraft's Chocolate Descriptions

McSweeney's | By LUKE BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Chocolate Cherry Cordial: You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon's tru...