And now, a classic Internet tendency

www.mcsweeneys.net

As I was looking back and reminiscing on the websites I’ve pushed on people in the year since I began professionally pushing websites, I was shocked and appalled to realize that while I’ve waxed poetic about some of the most random websites that the wacky World Wide Web has to offer, I’ve neglected to praise some of the most obvious.
    Glaring case in point: Mc-Sweeney’s Internet Tendency —the Web baby of the Dave Eggers’ baby, McSweeney’s, that oh-so-trendy literary quarterly. Honestly, there’s
a lot here to salivate over in 200 words. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t tried before and why I’m having trouble trying now.
    A single word to describe this repository of lists, jokes, fiction, poetry, food reviews, essays and random thoughts? “Irritating,” I think just about covers it. Irritating in that there’s so much to read. Irritating in that so much of it is so good. Irritating in that none of it is by me.
    I’m a jealous creature at heart, and McSweeney’s brings out the worst
in me. I comb for typos, scoff at anything I find re-motely unfunny, studious-ly suppress laughter when
I feel it bubbling up, and only grudgingly admit a McSweeney victory (O.K., I’ll give you, McSweeney’s, that “Have You Ever Eaten a Baby?” is a very, very fine title for an essay.) And yet? I can’t tear myself away.—Nell Boeschenstein

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