December 2, 2000 7:07 PM   Subscribe — seven months later. Gerry, lead writer of the "Massachusettes McSweeney's" is ripping it up with feeble essays such as Potty Parity and Suburban Lumberjacks. He's no Ben Greenman.
posted by sylloge (6 comments total)
I can't imagine why anyone would read McSweeneys in the first place.It's rambling, pointless, postmodern tripe in my opinion. But what do I know?
posted by Mr. skullhead at 7:21 PM on December 2, 2000

I've never really enjoyed either, but is often excellent.
posted by Lirp at 8:43 PM on December 2, 2000

I've never been wholly convinced that the crowd is more than a figment of Dave Eggers's imagination ...

I have a suburban lumberjack story of my own, though. Guy across the street with a lovely Italianate home decided it was time to have our mutual landscaper take out the big tree in the front yard. Dave-the-landscaper (he was a fully accredited landscape architect, and a smart guy, but I wasn't sure that forestry was one of his more celebrated skills) decided that one particularly tricky branch would be lashed to his pickup truck's hitch. The pickup truck would be parked in the street facing our driveway, warmed up, driven by Dave's assistant. Dave, up in the tree, would cut into the limb until it began to crack, whereupon Sal would gun the truck the 40 feet up our driveway to the garage. Presumably this would be enough to yank the limb out and forward from the house.

I watched from the corner as Dave chainsawed away, pulled back, checked, sawed some more, etc., until he suddenly pulled his safety line and yelled to Sal. Sal woke up, gunned the engine, and got the truck in gear ....

approximately one second after the limb had fallen through the front porch.

Funniest thing I ever saw!
posted by dhartung at 9:36 PM on December 2, 2000

My aunt's boyfriend took out his dock with a tree. You tell 'em not to cut birch down when they're drunk, but do they listen? NOOOO!

Back to the McSweeneys topic, I don't read either, because I haven't found any of that stuff to be funny to me. I'm missing something here.
posted by Electric Elf at 10:54 PM on December 2, 2000

McSweeneys was better back before it got popular and I found out about it...
posted by daveadams at 9:03 AM on December 4, 2000

I've consistantly found the print version of McSweeny's to be enjoyable reading. The web version has different writers and simply isn't as good, although there's often something amusing on it. Check out the magazine (or whatever you want to term it, since Eggers apparently doesn't want to publish anything recognizable as a magazine).
posted by snarkout at 9:44 AM on December 4, 2000

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