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McSweeney's Issue 64: The Audio Issue

McSweeney's Issue 64: The Audio Issue

by Rion Amilcar, Aimee Bender, Jason Reynolds and Andy Slater

Published by McSweeney's

box 8.25"x11"x2" multiple booklets, 8 foot scroll, poster, card, 24"x30” illustrated poster and more.


Combining art, fiction, audio, and a slew of unclassifiable print objects in a custom box, McSweeney’s 64 is a riotous exploration of audiovisual storytelling, coproduced with Radiotopia from PRX (home to genius, independent audio creators including Song Exploder, Criminal, Ear Hustle, and more). Each piece in the issue establishes its own relationship between audio and print, the contributor’s unique experiment in weaving the mediums.

Included are Rion Amilcar Scott with a short fiction piece featuring two alternative audio endings; Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer Kate Soper with a transhumanist, interactive software upload; DeafBlind poet John Lee Clark on the limits of accessibility; Claudia Dey, Jason Reynolds, Renee Gladman, Sharon Mashihi, and more taking us on audio tours of our own homes; Aliya Pabani with a radio drama whose plot is complicated by a 24"x30” illustrated poster; Ian Chillag with an absurdist, interactive phone tree; James T. Green, Catherine Lacey, and This American Life’s Sean Cole with voicemail dispatches to the editor; National Book Award-finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Aimee Bender, and Kelli Jo Ford with short stories that braid in audio; and so much more.


Contains pieces by:

Andrew Leland

Rion Amilcar Scott

Cher Vincent

Adriene Lilly

John Lee Clark

Katie Booth

Cristina Hartmann

Joseph Keckler

Rick Moody

Chris Abrahams


Aleatory Fiction by:

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Aimee Bender

Kelli Jo Ford

with sounds by Jeremiah Moore


Voicemails to the Editor by

Catherine Lacey

Graham Mason

Sean Cole

Barbara Fremont

Sayre Quevedo

Kellie Mejdrich

David Weinberg

Bianca Giaever

Deborah Kelley

James T. Green


Crypto Acoustic Auditory Non-Hallucination by

Andy Slater


Audio Tours of Your Home by:

Katharina Smets

Edwina Attlee

Angela Shackel

Claudia Dey

Eliza Smith

Jacob Winik

Sharon Mashihi

Renee Gladman

Sara Brooke Curtis

Jason Reynolds


Get On Board by

Yvette Janine Jackson


KidzWorks! by

Ian Chillag


Douteflower by

Karinne Keithley Syers


ClearVoice by

Kate Soper


Speculation, N. by

Shayla Lawz

produced by Bassel


and Clinical Judgment by

Aliya Pabani