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Maine goes McSweeney's

The latest McSweeney's is a literary tour-de-force, a 320-page newspaper (including two magazines) called the San Francisco Panorama, with stories and reporting by everyone from William T. Vollman to James Franco

"We think that the best chance for newspapers' survival is to do what the internet can't: namely, use and explore the large-paper format as thoroughly as possible," an online explainer reads. "To that end, we opted for a huge and luxurious broadsheet -- 15"x22". Then we unleashed artists and designers to show exactly how much the format can do."

The content is sprawling and includes investigative reporting, new fiction, and long-form features. And Maine represents, strongly. In addtion to World Series covereage by Mainer Stephen King, there's a long piece about paper mills in the Opinions and Analyses section, penned by Nicholson Bake, who lives in South Berwick. He opens his essay -- which speaks to the consequences, both human and environmental, of shifting from paper to digital media -- in Jay, Maine, presenting a lovely snapshot of a modern milltown. There's an excerpt here, but we recommend shelling out the measly $16 for this special edition.

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