Reason #4,921.497

McSweeney’s, while sometimes appearing to manufacture outlandish stunts in order to draw in readership, this month is offering a money-back guarantee for their new rectangular by Yannick Murphy. Who the hell does this? At least their requirement for compensation is a well-written letter of criticism. I suppose they’d like to see if the few who will reject the story can actually string together their own coherent sentence fragments.

To further emphasize how behind this book we are, we’re offering an unheard-of Money-Back Guarantee. Any reader who purchases Here They Come through our site and then is somehow displeased can simply send the book back to us with a terse and heavy-hearted note. We’ll refund the cover price. This is for real. We support this book, and we believe you will, too.

Not enough incentive? How about a local reading group where you can get together for discussion, meet the author, and eat free pizza? Wait a minute. I forgot – Death Guild is on. Forget I mentioned anything. Booze and vanity are *much* more rewarding – especially when combined!

And, in that same spirit, we’re inaugurating the McSweeney’s Reading Group, which will exist on this site and as actual book klatches across the land. In March and on into April, we’ll be organizing nights in some of our favorite bookstores, where readers can meet each other and also have a chance to talk to Yannick, in person in some places and via some sort of conference call in others. (Times and locations to be announced soon.) If you’d like to start your own group for Here They Come—or invite others into one you have already; we’d love that, too—e-mail us at and we’ll announce them. The other benefit of letting us know about your book group is the excellent pizza we will quite possibly buy and have delivered to you. There’s a helpful preparatory sheet for such gatherings, which can be downloaded (as a PDF) here, but really we want to hear your ideas about this book, and accounts of your experiences with it, alone or in a group; we’ll feature reports from various groups on this site each week. You can send them to that same address— Yannick wants to hear from readers as well, and we’ll be passing her responses back to you.

4 Responses to “Reason #4,921.497”

  1. chuckmckeithan Says:
    February 16th, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    I'm just glad to have tracked your butt down. Good to see you alive and well okay not necessarily alive but electronically represented will do for now.
    Carry on

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    February 17th, 2006 at 2:20 am

    Re: ummmmmm…..okay!
    Hiya, laddie. Yup, you've found me, and since there's clearly no escape and you've got the good manners to say hello, I suppose I'll have no excuse but to add you back.
    Good to see you and to be in touch once again!

  3. inbody Says:
    February 17th, 2006 at 9:55 am

    McSweeney's is a dry, pompous rag that serves up the over-celebrated 'wit' of every wannabe Oscar Wilde from any backwater poetry slam in the US – ok, and Iceland. The cafeteria ladies of literature. I've had enough. It must stop.

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    February 17th, 2006 at 10:19 am

    Hey, that's a good submission review for their site!
    And if I didn't know you spent much of your downtime naked and wet with a variety of McSweeney's publications, I'd even be a bit perturbed. But you do, so I won't.

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