TIMOTHY McSWEENEY’S ULTIMATE COMBO SUBSCRIPTION

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As we look ever onwards—galloping toward the future—we’ve put together our most ambitious combo subscription yet. Our Ultimate Combo Subscription is practically guaranteed to satisfy every reader in your life, young and old. In one fell swoop, you’ll get: four issues of our multi-award-winning McSweeney’s Quarterly, three issues of Illustoria, the beloved magazine for younger readers, AND the next six non-children’s titles published by McSweeney’s Publishing. What more could you ask for? Let us know and maybe we’ll figure out how to include that next time. In the meantime, we’d like to think this ludicrously good deal will tide you over.

Take a look at what you’ll have coming your way:

McSweeney’s Issue 64: The Audio Issue
Combining art, fiction, audio, and a slew of unclassifiable print objects in a custom box, McSweeney’s 64 is a riotous exploration of audiovisual storytelling, coproduced with Radiotopia from PRX (home to genius, independent audio creators including Song Exploder, Criminal, Ear Hustle, and more). Each piece in the issue establishes its own relationship between audio and print—the contributor’s unique experiment in weaving the mediums.

Included are Rion Amilcar Scott with a short fiction piece featuring two alternative audio endings; Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Kate Soper with a transhumanist, interactive software upload; DeafBlind poet John Lee Clark on the limits of accessibility; Claudia Dey, Jason Reynolds, Renee Gladman, Sharon Mashihi, and more taking us on audio tours of our own homes; Aliya Pabani with a radio drama whose plot is complicated by a 24″ x 30″ illustrated poster; Ian Chillag with an absurdist, interactive phone tree; James T. Green, Catherine Lacey, and This American Life’s Sean Cole with voicemail dispatches to the editor; National Book Award-finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Aimee Bender, and Kelli Jo Ford with short stories that braid in audio; and so much more.

People Want to Live by Farah Ali
People Want to Live, Farah Ali’s debut collection, features stories of togetherness and reckless faith in the face of a world that’s built to break us.

Set in Pakistan, these award-winning stories follow people living on the brink of abandonment—in their personal relationships and their place in the world. A mother, coping with the sudden death of her son, uncovers long-buried secrets in his absence. An anguished girl grabs a chance for a life beyond the orphanage walls where she lives, and discovers the price of freedom. A young couple tries to keep their fraught relationship intact as a heat wave engulfs their city. A son returns to visit his aging parents while beset with memories of a troubled childhood. And two thieves find themselves in a situation more precarious by the minute, and more dangerous than their original mission.

Ali’s characters battle loneliness and, in their fight, reveal surprising vulnerabilities and an astonishing measure of hope.

“There are no easy epiphanies to be found in People Want to Live. Instead, these immaculate works of short fiction highlight a shared sense of resilience that is both crisp and well-earned.”
Dave Wheeler, Shelf Awareness


Illustoria #16: Music
Illustoria #16: Music is our loudest issue yet! Find something that moves you in this issue all about music: musical costumes, instruments, inventions, and poems about underwater bands of rockin’ jellyfish.

Our guest curator, Shawn Harris, collaborates with writer Colin Meloy to prove that everyone can be a musician with their rad how-to zine, interpreted by four different artists. Peruse instruments from around the globe. Read interviews with a music ethnologist and album cover artists. Discover divas of disco and the world’s most danceable music. Make edible disco balls with Dog Chef, and invent your own Fictophones (imaginary instruments) with our story-starter cards.

Enjoy trying to answer the impossible question, “What IS the world’s most danceable music?” Gather friends to try our DIY line dance moves, and grab your closest instrument (or kitchen pot) and get ready to groove in our issue filled with rhythm and energy.

And then?
We’ll follow these up with issues of Illustoria centered around senses, the rainforest, and more; two more volumes of our award-winning McSweeney’s Quarterly; and more anthologies, novels, and works of nonfiction of the kind of cutting-edge literary content for all ages that readers of McSweeney’s Publishing have come to expect for over two decades.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: All subscriptions placed before December 1 will begin with People Want to Live, McSweeney’s 64: The Audio Issue, and Illustoria #16: Music. All subscriptions to McSweeney’s Quarterly automatically renew after four issues, at a reduced price of $75, while the McSweeney’s New Release Subscriptions renew after six issues at a price of $95, and Illustoria after three issues at a price of $40. In the event of any future rate changes, we will notify you via email. If you’d like to cancel any of the three subscription at any time prior to its auto-renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust your subscription settings. Or send an email to custservice@mcsweeneys.net with the subject lines “End Quarterly Renew,” “End New Release Renew,” “End Illustoria Renew,” or “End Ultimate Renew” depending on your desires, or call (415) 642-5609. Refunds will be accepted only up until the first issue of your renewal is shipped. If you’d like to give the Quarterly Concern as a one-time gift, purchase a gift subscription here. Any subscription purchased with the “gift” option marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.

International shipping costs for the full thirteen-publication combo subscription: $90

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