So, what follows is my completely biased and sentimental look at The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency:
10. Thirteen Writing Prompts
A much loved piece, eventually inspired a contest in which people tried their hands at some of the, uh, challenging prompts within this article.
9. An Aging Kelis Reflects...
My favorite "Short, Imagined Monologue." This one is a little dated now, I admit, but who didn't love (or love to hate?) the "Milkshake Song."
8. Marvin Gaye Explains What he Heard Through the Grapevine
Part of a series that John Moe does where he "deconstructs" the lyrics to famous songs. This one is both silly and, somehow, kind of terrifying.
7. Winnie the Pooh is My Coworker
I think the title really says it all with this one.
6. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting People More Famous than You
Michael Ian Black gives extremely helpful advice on how to approach famous people. One important tip: give money.
5. People Whose Names are Anagrams of My Own-Shane Patrick Ryan- Hold a Town Meeting
An inspired piece, which I find all the more impressive because of my personal difficulty with anagrams. This must have taken weeks to write.
4. Dan Kennedy Solves Your Problem With Paper #7
The best of Kennedy's "Paper Advice" columns-Nobody does the voice of the "depressed, solipsistic, aging male" archetype better these days.
3. History's Great Persons Reconsidered
It is a real shame that Tim Carvell doesn't do these anymore. Back in the early days of McSweeneys, you could always count on this column and John Hodgman's "Ask a Former Professional Literary Agent" for a laugh. This column finally asks the question historians have been too scared to: "What If Elvis Presley had lobster-like claws for hands?"
2. Current Releases
I really don't know how to describe this article or explain why I find it so deeply funny. Does anyone even remember the Vaughn/Travolta movie "Domestic Disturbance" anymore? Regardless, I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes the first time I read this.
1. Truly Groundbreaking Advertising Ideas
This piece, also written by Dan Kennedy, does absolutely everything you could hope for in a short comedy piece: It starts off funny, remains funny, and never lets up.
So, that's my list. Although there has got to be at least 15-20 more that could be included, these are the ones that I'll still go back to reread years later.
Are there any that I'm forgetting? Does anyone else have a favorite McSweeney's piece that merits inclusion?