The other half of this issue offers what is presumably McSweeney's standard short fiction fare. The pieces given lead position and mentioned in the blurb are by Steven Millhauser (a fantastic biography of an imagined 19th century inventor and cinema precursor) and Roddy Doyle (a story about a migrant in Ireland). The other long contributions are a piece by Kiara Brinkman about a caregiver and an autistic child and a comic piece by Judy Budnitz which surreally mixes a teenager growing up, objectionable salesmen, and a post-nuclear apocalypse. Again, there are half a dozen shorter pieces.
Offering great reading in a simple but attractive hardcover volume, I can see why McSweeney's works as a quarterly.