With a stunning set of stories from some of the finest writers toiling away today—including breathtaking new work from Rebecca Curtis, Stuart Dybek, and Jim Shepard, and the Southeast Asian prison novella the world has been waiting for, from Mr. Wells Tower—and an all-hands-on-deck appraisal of one of the most keen-eyed cultural commentators of our time, with contributions from Rachel Cohen, Errol Morris, Geoff Dyer, David Hockney, Jonathan Lethem, Ricky Jay, and many, many more, McSweeney’s 44 offers one of our best assemblages yet. We even found some very nice leatherette, to wrap around it. Don’t miss this one!

Issue 44 includes:

Letters from Jessica Hopper, Stuart Glover, Simon Rich, Rob Curran, Jenny Shank, Andrew Palmer, and Mike Sacks

“The Gusher,” by Rebecca Curtis
“Animals,” by Joe Meno
“The Ocean of Air,” by Jim Shepard
“Happy Ending” Stuart Dybek
“The Dance Contest,” by Wells Tower
“Birthday Girl,” by Tom Barbash

Portraits of Lawrence Weschler
Curated & Edited by Rachel Cohen with Errol Morris, William Finnegan, Lauren Redniss, Bill McKibben, Ben Katchor, Wendy Lesser, Geoff Dyer, Bill Morrison, Riva Lehrer, David Hockney, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Vermeersch, Andrei Codrescu, Baynard Woods, Ricky Jay, and Walter Murch