Amidst the white noise and the sound and the fury and the cat videos cluttering the internet, there are small pockets of quiet clarity: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is one of them. For fifteen years – or basically forever in internet time – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency “was a website that ran all its articles in the same font and within abnormally narrow margins,” according to itself. All of said articles spoke for themselves against a stark, white background, and what they said was often very, very funny.
Now, the best of those things has been compiled in the aptly-titled The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a real, tactile hardcover book edited by Chris Monk and John Warner. It’s the analog twin to the website, a plain, white cover with simple black print. (Be warned, it’s beautiful, but instantly gets very dirty if like me, you read at the beach or have hands.)
The fifty entries comprise the best and brightest of the most esoteric corner of the internet. For those of you who have been following the site, or have Facebook friends who do, titles like “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers,” and, “I’m Comic Sans, Asshole,” will be welcomed like old …read more