A McSweeney’s Kickstarter Testimonial

* * *

“It was May, 1999 or so, give or take a year, and I had hit the road, tired of working for the ‘man.’ I was thumbing rides, and hopping boxcars or ‘shuffling squaretops’ (hobo slang). I was a loner, didn’t want or need another’s company. I was tired, strung out. I’d been working 80-hour weeks writing copy for a hot new product called ‘the Internet.’ One night I was holed up in a tree outside of Phoenix and from my perch I could see a young punk fussing with a rusty bicycle outside of the public library. I yelled down, ‘Hey, man! Don’t ya got no sense?’ and he scattered like he’d heard a ghost. I got to thinking bout that library down there and fell asleep dreaming of the possibilities. In the morning I crawled over to the entrance like a baby on a trail of crumbs. A kind lady let me in early and I got the first seat in front of their brand new computer. I logged onto the devil himself, wondering if I’d regret it, but then to my surprise I found me a little site called ‘McSweeney’s.’ It was a gateway, man. Finally the devil had redeemed himself. It was as if Saint Peter had popped his head out and said, ‘Hey, ‘bo, life can be a breeze if you let it, ya know?’ I made an about face, and now I run a chain of carpet shops in the Midwest. All thanks to McSweeney’s. So please support their Kickstarter.”
— Ted Travelstead, actor, writer, longtime Tendency contributor, and 41st ranked carpet salesperson in the Midwest

Visit our Kickstarter page to pledge your support.

hide announcement

ARTICLES BY
Joel Rice

()
FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 26: Theories of Literature: An Interview with Mike Christie, Author of If I Fall, If I Die. (3/25/2015)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 25: Towards a Literature of Skateboarding: Book Reviews as Well as a Brief Comment from David Foster Wallace on a Supposedly Fun Thing (7/17/2014)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 24: All That Jazz: Skateboarding Comes to SFJazz Center (7/29/2013)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 23: An Interview With Tommy Carroll, a Blind Skateboarder (1/9/2013)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 22: Tony Hawk Rad Science (8/20/2012)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 21: An Interview With Whit Stillman, Filmmaker (4/23/2012)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 20: An Interview With Michael Burnett, Editor of Thrasher Magazine (4/9/2012)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 19: An Introduction to Literature, Part IV (1/25/2012)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 18: The Last Toy Machine Demo of the Summer (10/17/2011)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 17: An Interview with Circe Wallace, Agent (9/19/2011)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 16: An Interview With Cole Louison, Author of The Impossible (7/19/2011)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 15: An Introduction to Literature, Part III (5/24/2011)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 14: An Introduction to Literature, Part II (2/7/2011)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 12: An Introduction to Literature (10/8/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 11: A Visit to a Skate Plaza (9/21/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 10: 900 (9/1/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 9: Fun for the Whole Family (7/9/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 8: An Interview with Chris Cole, Noted Professional Skateboarder (4/10/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 7: What We Talk About When We Talk About Skateboarding (2/5/2010)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 6: What I Talk About When I Talk About Skateboarding (11/24/2009)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 5: Ed Templeton, Professional Skateboarder/Atheist (10/2/2009)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 4: An Interview with Lukas Korver, Principal Director of Photography for the Television Show, The Uprising (8/19/2009)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 3: An Interview with Christian Hosoi, Professional Skateboarder/Pastor (7/29/2009)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 2: Afghanistan’s First Skateboard School: An Interview with Founders Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan (6/5/2009)

FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding: Column 1: Skateboarder: An Interview with Writer Bret Anthony Johnston (1/14/2009)

McSweeney’s is a publishing company based in San Francisco.
As well as operating a daily humor website, we also publish Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Believer, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints. You can buy all of these things from our online store. We’re also transitioning to a nonprofit and would greatly appreciate your help. You can support us today by donating to our Kickstarter campaign.