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by Dave Eggers

eBook Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category epub
  • ISBN: 1400076854
  • Author: Dave Eggers
  • Genre: Reference
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage; First Edition, First Printing edition (June 14, 2005)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1381 kb
  • FB2 size 1972 kb
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by Dave Eggers · McSweeney's Publishing · Susan Steinberg · Kevin Moffett · Ben Jahn .

by Dave Eggers · McSweeney's Publishing · Susan Steinberg · Kevin Moffett · Ben Jahn · Tony D'Souza · Alan C. Baird. McSweeney's has grown to be one of the country's best and largest-circulation literary journals. The journal is committed to finding new voices, publishing work of gifted but underappreciated writers, and pushing the literary form forward at all times. McSweeney's 26 comes in three parts: two small, oblong books of stories by writers large and small (John Brandon, Amanda Davis, Uzodinma Iweala, and eight more), set in regions near and far (Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Spain, Arkansas), and a third book, Where to. The Best of McSweeney's.

Only 16 left in stock (more on the way). Now more than ever, Americans are troubled by questions. As sweaty modernity thrusts itself upon us, the veil of ignorance that cloaked our nation hangs in tatters, tattered tatters. Our "funny bones" are neither fun nor bony.

McSweeney's winds up – once again – with Eggers on its face. Let me begin by saying that I'm a big fan of McSweeney's lists and monologues but I rarely take the time to read much else of their work. But the book does unequivocally succeed in being humourous without actively being funny. If this was, indeed, its dubious original intent. However, I was surprised to find this book at my small Mississippi library and I checked it out on the hopes that one day they'll notice some people want to read books that aren't about vampires or decorative floral arrangements.

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Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's, Humor Category, a collection from the clever young writers that bring us the McSweeney's. But perhaps this book can be used to dull the pain.

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Now more than ever, Americans are troubled by questions. As sweaty modernity thrusts itself upon us, the veil of ignorance that cloaked our nation hangs in tatters, tattered tatters. Our "funny bones" are neither fun nor bony. Glum is the new giddy, and the old giddy wasn't too giddy to begin with.

 

What can be done to stop this relentless march of drabbery? Nothing. But perhaps this book can be used to dull the pain. Included herein:

 

The Ten Worst Films of All Time, as Reviewed by Ezra Pound over Italian Radio

 

Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Edition), Part One.

 

How Important Moments in My Life Would Have Been Different If I Was Shot in the Stomach

 

My Beard, Reviewed

 

Circumstances under Which I Would Have Sex with Some of My Fellow Jurors

 

Words That Would Make Nice Names for Babies, If It Weren't for Their Unsuitable Meanings

 

As a Porn Movie Titler, I May Lack Promise

 

Ineffective Ways to Subdue a Jaguar

 

Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented

 

Four Things I Would Have Said to Sylvia Plath if I Had Been Her Boyfriend

 

And much, much more, including 20 brilliant new lists . . .

Comments: (7)
THOMAS
It was OK. I wanted better because I love McSweeneys but maybe it has jumped the shark, as they say.
Landaron
When I purchased this book, I expected humor that was new, that was unpublished, that was quirky. I was a third right. It was quirky, and while I hadn't read some of them, most of them I had read(...) That being said, the stories and the lists are funny, and it's a great bathroom book. just don't expect anything new.
Maman
Hilarious collection of short stories and humorous lists. I have purchased several copies of this book as gifts - as it is perfect for the intelligent reader with a good sense of humor and an appreciation of sarcasm and absurd comedy.
Use_Death
Created in Darkness is a brilliant collection of some of the funniest satire of our age presented by one of the funniest and original publications ever created. The McSweeney’s collections are beautifully curated and offer a great deal to any audience that picks them up. I really love the fact that I can pick these books up and read things, enjoy them as single bites, and then if I want to share them I can legally find them on the website and send a friend a link. They win the traffic, they won my money buying their book, I get some entertainment, and so do my friends.

I had some favorites in this book - the lists were amazing, the recurring Ezra Pound pieces, the review of the trash compactor in Star Wars, Candle Party, The Zinn/Chomsky DVD commentary for Lord of the Rings, How Important Moments In My Life Would Have Been Different Had I Been Shot In The Stomach, Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates, and others. I was surprised at the volume of work Dan Kennedy contributed to the site (and this book), as only knew him from The Moth.

A lot of fun is guaranteed if you pick this up.

Or you could just go to the website for free.

You could kill a tree or burn some coal.

You could shed your humanity, and die a lonely death if you wanted to.

If you read this, that will probably happen a lot less sooner than if you read it on the website, becoming an amalgamation of electricity, bytes, and electrons streaming in your eye holes and causing you to sit in your own human filth until you can upload yourself to the matrix of McSweeneys. The McMatrix. Supersize yourself before you bite the big one. Bite the big one laughing to Michael Ian Black.

That’s the name of my new band, “Michael Ian Black’s Big One”

This isn’t funny, of course. The book is. Ignore this and go read it.

Or look the table of contents up online and read them on the website like a cheap jerk.

Just go away.
Inertedub
There's a reason this book hasn't sold well. It's not funny. I read the first 150 pages and skimmed the rest, and didn't even smile once, let alone chuckle. I'm generally on board with the McSweeney's sensibility, but this is a dud. The last page has "Alternate Titles Proposed for this Book." One of them is "How Can It Be Irony When It Is Exactly What You Expected?" Huh. This book is about what you'd expect, only not funny, if that's what you were expecting.
Wrathshaper
Overall this is an excellent book, with only a few disappointments, which are inevitable in a compendium of this nature. My favorite part of the book is at the end, and consists of humorous lists (my title comes from a list by Steven Tomsik, "Eleven Lunch Meats I Have Invented") of all varieties.

McSweeney's is always a mixed bag, and this volume is no exception. Most of the material is very good, yet there are some articles that are weak or overly lengthy ("Journal of a New COBRA Recruit" and "Unused Audio Commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002, for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD (Platinum Series Extended Edition), Part One'" come to mind here, respectively). Despite these exceptions, the majority of the pieces are very clever and entertaining. Especially noteworthy are "How Important Moments in my Life Would Have Been Different if I Was Shot Twice in the Stomach", "Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?", and "A Letter From Ezra Pound to Billy Wilder, 1963", to name but a few.

This book isn't for everyone, but people who are inclined to academic humor or clever wordplay will love it. I highly recommend this book. Perhaps you can enjoy it over a brumschlagen sandwich.
Dordred
Maybe it hints at my age or "demographic", but I was profoundly influenced and thoroughly troubled by this prose. Chomsky on Middle Earth? Cobra recruiting? The death star trash compactor? It's like it was written just for me!

As a mere imitiation of the original idea, I may try to continue the Star Wars essay concept by creating a marketing analysis on the faulty business model of itinerant Jawa scavengers on Tatooine. It's bugged me for a while, but come on, who starts a family business in the desert looking to collect errant droids? It's the desert! Desert+robot bounty=Return on Investment? Clearly there are much more successful droid scavenger companies out there with a lot less hassle. Amortizing a sandcrawler? The mileage is terrible not to mention the poor fit and finish. Attacks by Tusken raiders? The raiders know where the action is, so why not avoid the unhealthy competition? Sure this work suits the Jawa's disposition, but it's probably safer for them to be a lumberjack, drug dealer, work at Disney, or even be a magician's assistant by far!

Clearly an issue of location, seasonality, and optimization of the Jawa's service industry model.

This book is outstanding.
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