A McSweeney’s Kickstarter Testimonial

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“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

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A Financial Economist Talks About Things We Should Know


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Robert Dittmar is an Associate Professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. in Finance at the School of Commerce at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and worked as a financial analyst at American National Bank in Chicago, IL and First Union Bancorp in Raleigh, NC. Robert graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000 with a Ph.D. and joined the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington as an Assistant Professor. He joined the faculty of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2003 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009. Robert’s research studies the pricing of securities and the relation between macroeconomics and asset pricing, and has been published in leading academic finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. He teaches courses in fixed income, derivative securities, and asset pricing in the MBA and Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan.

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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.