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The Best Books of 2017 vs. the Republican Tax Plan

As you’ve probably read in a rage tweet, Republicans in Congress are spending the holidays giving tax breaks to rich people and corporations. We are all for advocating fiction here, but trickle down economics requires too much suspension of disbelief. Speaking as human beings and Americans, we believe the Republican plan is a bad idea that will hurt the country.  

Speaking as a small business, however, we look forward to our tax cut. Not only that — we look forward to using it for things that the modern GOP would absolutely hate. 

Small businesses like Fiction Advocate stand to benefit from rules designed to help rich guys who give campaign donations. In other words, the same law that lets right-wing religious fundamentalists give more money to buy political candidates will also give Fiction Advocate more money every time you buy a copy of Matthew Gallaway’s #gods, whose theme is that gay sex is like religion, only way better. It also happens to be one of our favorites from 2017. 

Buy #gods direct from Fiction Advocate and put this tax cut to good use. Or consider picking up one of the other great books published by small, independent presses this year. Here are the best books of 2017, from small presses that we love, and that we hope will get a nice tax cut from a not-nice law.  Continue reading

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H. Jon Benjamin Narrates an Animated McSweeney’s Story

What do you get when you cross Archer, McSweeney’s, and an old-school video game?

This.

Yep, that’s H. Jon Benjamin (of Archer and Bob’s Burgers) narrating a story from The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency called “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ Wi-Fi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero.”

God bless the Internet.

– Brian Hurley

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Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven

McSweeney's 45

I can’t remember the last time I was excited about an issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly. It’s an easy thing to take for granted. Oh, another beautifully designed, unique book object? With eclectic contributions from quirky, accomplished writers? Haven’t we seen that like 44 times already?

But issue 45 of Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Conern is something to be excited about. In the introduction, Dave Eggers explains how he stumbled upon a beaten-up paperback of spooky genre fiction edited by none other than Alfred Hitchcock. Soon after that, he found a similar collection of freaky stories edited by the great Ray Bradbury. Both books were fun, McSweeney’s-ish, and long out of print. Kismet.

So issue 45 includes down-and-dirty genre fiction from those two hard-to-find paperbacks—stories by Roald Dahl, John Cheever, and Franz Kafka—along with new work by the likes of China Miéville, Brian Evenson, and Benjamin Percy. It’s a crazy, start-studded, time-warping blend, and it doesn’t give a crap whether you consider it Literature or not, so long as you keep turning the pages. I can’t wait for someone to stumble across a beaten-up paperback of McSweeney’s 45 a hundred years from now and start the process all over again.

– Brian Hurley

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