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Featuring “Bears Among the Living,” by Kevin Moffett, and “The Mating Call,” by Mikkel Rosengaard, finalists for the National Magazine Award in fiction.

McSweeney’s Quarterly returns with our first issue of 2021, a handsome and sturdy hardcover with a beautiful foil-stamped cover by Jon McNaught. McSweeney’s 63 features four posthumous, never-before-published short stories by acclaimed author and dear friend Stephen Dixon, with an introduction and retrospective on the late writer’s work by author—and onetime Dixon student—Porochista Khakpour. To boot we’ve got brand-new fiction from Etgar Keret and Esmé Weijun Wang, illustrated diaries by Abang and full-color comics by Michael Kennedy, letters from Kashana Cauley and Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, an essay on a grief and long-distance biking by Adam Iscoe, and so much more. Start your literary year off right with this sumptuous issue.

Featuring Original Stories by:
Esmé Weijun Wang
Kevin Moffett
Mikkel Rosengaard
Etgar Keret
Rita Chang-Eppig

I Drink a Glass of Water: four posthumous stories by Stephen Dixon
With an introduction by Porochista Khakpour

Illustrated stories by:
Michael Kennedy

An original essay by Adam Iscoe

An excerpt from You People by Nikita Lalwani

And letters by:
Gillian Linden
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Legna Rodríguez Iglesia
Kashana Cauley
Marie-Helene Bertino
Larissa Pham