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McSweeney's is a publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers, author of You Shall Know Our Velocity, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , How We Are Hungry and What Is the What. Apart from a growing stable of books, McSweeney's is responsible for four regular publications: the quarterly literary journal Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the daily-updated literature and humor site McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the monthly magazine The Believer, and the new quarterly DVD magazine, Wholphin. The publishing house also runs two additional imprints, Believer Books and the Collins Library. This article is concerned with the production of books, magazines, and other literary material (whether in printed or electronic formats). ... Dave Eggers (born March 12, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American writer and editor. ... You Shall Know Our Velocity (or YSKOV) is a novel written by Dave Eggers, published in hardcover in San Francisco, California by McSweeneys in 2002 with ISBN 0970335555, and later in paperback in New York by Vintage in 2003 with ISBN 1400033543. ... A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (or AHWoSG) is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. ... How We Are Hungry: Stories (or, HRAH, or HRAH:S) is a collection of short stories by Dave Eggers, originally published by McSweeneys in 2004. ... Timothy McSweeneys Quarterly Concern is a semi-quarterly literary journal published by the McSweeneys publishing house. ... Cover of The Believer, April 2005 The Believer is an intellectual yet playful magazine mainly about literature. ... Cover of the first issue Wholphin is a quarterly DVD magazine containing a selection of short films which have had little or no exposure elsewhere. ... The Collins Library is an imprint of McSweeneys Books that publishes unusual, out of print books. ...

On the name of the organization, Eggers says: "(My family) would always get letters from someone named Timothy McSweeney ... He claimed to be my mother's long-lost brother...(Letters) would always include flight plans, like he was planning on coming to visit. I don't know if he's real or not. My relatives deny it, but who knows?"[1]

McSweeney's has helped launch the careers of many young writers, but it has also published the works of well established authors such as Michael Chabon, Stephen King, and Joyce Carol Oates. Michael Chabon (born May 24, 1963) is an American author best known for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. ... For other people named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author and is the with the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978 ([1]). She serves as associate editor for Ontario Review, a literary magazine, and the Ontario Review Press, a literary book publisher...

McSweeney's was also the subject of the They Might Be Giants song, "The Ballad of T. McSweeney." They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual...

Books published under McSweeney's Rectangular's imprint include:

The People of Paper is the debut novel of Salvador Plascencia. ... Paul LaFarge, born in New York in 1970, is a Yale graduate and American fiction author. ... Robert Coover (born February 4, 1932) is an American author and professor in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. ...

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The Laboratorium: Dave and Timothy (1595 words)
The graphic design of McSweeney's is striking: the magazine is printed in Iceland (needing to be shipped across the Atlantic by slow freigher does little to help with the irregular publication schedule) and looks it: featuring clean and spare lines, with faintly archaic typefaces and small doodle-like line drawings by Eggers.
McSweeneys.org replied with a brief note from the McSweeneys Catchpole ("M.C."), stating "We have never claimed to be Dave Eggers" in a brief note whose writing style was a dead-on impersonation of Eggers' style.
And oh, yeah, somewhere in there while everyone was distracted by the.net-.org catfight, Gerry McSweeney (and his son Brandon, the family webmaster) converted the.com isotope to (roughly) the same look and with the same top-level content (albeit without the daily updates).
The McSweeney's Store (921 words)
McSweeney's has always been interested in the uncanny; publishing things which otherwise slip through the cracks because the cracks are usually manned by people who think the dollar is mightier than the pen.
For instance, McSweeney's ran an article about taking the properties of spider silk and applying them to building materials, but not without first sending the genes through BELE goats (miniature goats) found in Madagascar.
Of course, a lot of the books and journals McSweeney's publishes account for the items sold at the store, but they also served, at least for a time, as a pool of authors for the store's frequent readings.
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