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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Celebrate this New Era" with McSweeney's

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 5:22 PM

McSweeney's has something for you.

To celebrate this new era, we're offering free copies of The Future Dictionary of America in our online store.

The Future Dictionary contains over 1,000 definitions by almost 200 authors, including Stephen King, Jonathan Safran Foer, Kurt Vonnegut, Glen David Gold, Richard Powers, Julie Alvarez, Sarah Vowell, Billy Collins, Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Franzen, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Dave Eggers, Aimee Bender, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Ames, and Art Spiegelman.

The book also comes with a bonus CD, the Future Soundtrack of America, featuring rare songs from R.E.M., Tom Waits, David Byrne, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, and many others.

A couple sample entries:

blowkay [bloh'-kay] adj. of an attitude, typically exhibited by the electorate, that elected officials who have sexual relations outside of marriage while in office are less deserving of impeachment than officials whose decisions lead to the loss of human life. Folks say the new senator from Rhode Island is a skirt chaser, but as long as he doesn't send thousands of Americans off to die in a war on false pretenses he's blowkay with me.

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