What is Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency?:
Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Dave Eggers
started independent publishing house McSweeneys and the literary journal "Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern" in the 1990s and the highbrow humor site Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency,
often referred to simply as "McSweeneys," specializes in satirical articles, essays and lists that tend to lean towards the literary. The article "Essay Prompts for the 2009 Senior Advanced Placement High School English Exam for Women"
is a great example of the kind of humor that thrives on "McSweeney's" -- it's hyper-specific, it hinges on knowing things about The Great Gatsby
and other great novels, it's satirizing a topic (in this case, Advanced Placement tests) that often don't receive the satire treatment and it's really quite funny.
But outside of the site's philosophy, you really should head to "McSweeney's" because it's funny. A list, "Iran or Star Wars?"
, where the reader is given names of people and governmental and religious agencies, such as "Supreme Chancellor" and "Army of the Guardians," and asked to guess if the term comes from modern day Iran or the film Star Wars
Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency Features:
- Funny "Late Show with David Letterman"-style comedy lists
- Humorous short stories
- Satirical articles and essays
Why Should I Visit "McSweeney's"?:
From the site's layout and design to the comedy lists to its satirical essays, everything at "McSweeney's" is done with a flair for originality. In a world of flashy Internet videos and animation, a site as dry, quiet and reserved as "McSweeney's" really stands out. Its humor is, in many ways, a quiet rebellion on the web. "McSweeney's" is the only humor site that dares to not only banish video content but also refuse to publish in color too.
The Best of "McSweeney's":
Here are some of the funniest lists on the site:
And here are some of the best articles and essays: