Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Required Reading: Believe it.

Having already finished all of our short novel recommendations, you are surely awaiting more CA-approved reading material. Well here you go. We at Class Act are devout followers of philanthropist and literary superhero Dave Eggers, whose expansive body of work we will examine later on. For now, we turn our focus to The Believer, the semi-monthly magazine put out by Eggers’ publishing company McSweeney's. While it is considered a literary magazine, The Believer doesn’t limit itself by any means. Along with essays and columns by writers like Chuck Klosterman and Nick Hornby, the magazine features music and film reviews as well as interviews with everyone from ?uestlove to John Kerry. Even when the magazine is hindered by McSweeney’s trademark indie kitsch, it is held afloat by vivid artwork, brilliant interview material (see UGK’s Bun B discussing the work of Larry David), and an enlightening advice column from the hilarious and terribly underrecognized Amy Sedaris. While the cover price seems daunting, back issues are dirt cheap.

Don't stop Believing.

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