August 26, 2006
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern Volume 19 includes an excellent feral child novella from T.C. Boyle, that alone should convince you to pick it up. Packaged in a colorful cigar box, the paperback collection of fiction shares space with replicas of historical pamphlets, and the fiction shares their historical bent. I appreciate the design chances Dave Eggers and company take with this series, but even more so, I appreciate the fact that this will fit neatly on my bookshelf (unlike the "junk mail edition, wrapped in a rubber band). The fiction is more hit than miss, and always fresh.
My next book is Bill Buford's professional kitchen memoir (and Mario Batali biography along the way), Heat.