McSWEENEY’S ISSUE 49
The Babysitter, Emily Raboteau (covering Some Women by Alice Munro)
The Lottery, Redux, Megan Mayhew Bergman (covering The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Tell-Tale Heart, Anthony Marra (covering The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe)
Falling Faintly, Jess Walter (covering The Dead by James Joyce
Once, Lauren Groff (covering Wants by Grace Paley)
Men On Bikes, Roxane Gay (covering Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood)
Company, Namwali Serpell (covering Company by Samuel Beckett)
And So On, Kiese Laymon (covering Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway)
If You’re Happy And You Know It, Meg Wolitzer (covering A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J.D. Salinger)
The Argentine Ant, T.C. Boyle (covering The Argentine Ant by Italo Calvino)
One Hour, Every Seven Years, Alice Sola Kim (covering All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury)
Sleepy, Chris Abani (covering Sleepy by Anton Chekhov)
The Yellow Wallpaper, Tom Drury (covering The Yellow Wallpape by Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
Letters from Wajahat Ali, Nick Jaina, Robin Terrell, Kimberly Harrington, Mary Miller, Rick Moody, Will Butler, and Ariel S. Winter.
Selected excerpts from Gary Burden’s autobiography Nobody Knows and Patrick Cottrell’s debut novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace.
Monologue by Kevin Moffett, excerpted from the Organist podcast, from McSweeney’s and KCRW.
“The Metaphor Program” by Brian Turner
“Poem for Keats” by Matthew Zapruder
“Having a Coke with You” by Rebecca Lindenberg
“Roofers,” “Suspense,” and “A Nickel on Top of a Penny” by Stephanie Burt
“Poem on the Occasion of Weekly Staff Meeting” by Matthew Zapruder