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Stories. Short films. Interviews. Comics. Readings. Bad advice. All delivered straight to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. No more lonely moments.

--- Start now and receive: The current week's item; plus Raw Water, a story by Wells Tower ---



Each week you’ll receive exclusive multimedia — stories, films, readings, interviews, art — plus new humor pieces from our website every day. This free app includes one month of weekly Small Chair content, plus semi-eternal delivery of the website material, plus deluxe access to our classy e-book store. We’ll use Push Notifications to let you know each time a new piece is ready.


Spike Jonze, Chris Ware, Judd Apatow, Jonathan Ames, Maurice Sendak, Michael Cera, Miranda July, James Franco, Anthony Bourdain, Ricky Jay, Nicholson Baker, Wells Tower, Catherine Keener, Weird Al Yankovic, Francis Ford Coppola, a deep-sea spatulator, and much much more.


In our continuing efforts to extend a tentacle into every cranny of human experience, we proudly present the Small Chair, a weekly selection from all branches of the McSweeney’s family. One week you might receive a story from the upcoming Quarterly, the next week an interview from the Believer, the next a short film from a future Wholphin. Occasionally, it might be a song, an art portfolio, who knows. None of this material will be available online and it’s all pretty sure to be good stuff.

The app also delivers the daily humor from our Internet Tendency, specially formatted for your iOS device, along with news, updates, and announcements. This feature will remain active and free, even if your Small Chair subscription expires.

Finally, we offer a small library of handpicked e-books, designed specifically for this platform, available as in-app purchases.

Allow the Small Chair to fill your moments of solitude, moments of togetherness, moments of intolerable boredom. Your first month of weekly excitement is included. Subscriptions can be renewed every six months for $2.99 (or local equivalent.)


McSweeney’s is an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. Our converted laundromat is home to the Quarterly (mostly short fiction), the Believer (monthly interviews, reviews, columns, and essays), Wholphin (DVD quarterly of short films by Miranda July, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne, and others), Lucky Peach (quarterly food magazine), and books by authors including Nick Hornby, William Vollmann, and Michael Chabon.

Find out more and watch a screencast of the app at:

By McSweeney's and Russell Quinn.

What's New in Version 2.5

+ Six-month Small Chair subscriptions reduced to $2.99,
+ “System of Space and Time,” an interactive art installation by Scott Snibbe,
+ More custom-typeset e-books, including “Touch Sensitive,” an exclusive comic by Chris Ware,
+ McSweeney’s Accounts are now optional,
+ General bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Love the content, but...

My only qualm with this otherwise informative, beautiful and well-put-together app is that I can't read the entire title of each piece without opening it! How am I to know whether I'm opening "Infrequently Used Euphemisms" (presumably funny) or "Infrequently Used: How Neglect Ultimately Led to my Divorce and Subsequent Exploration of my Sexual Identity" (presumably poignant, not to mention hella long)? Wonderful content and design otherwise, the app really fits the simplicity of the site.

If you enjoy reading... get this!

This is one of the most frequented apps on my iPhone. The variety of content (from humor to political theory) and form (from simple prose to video, and everything in between) provides the perfect material to read or absorb in whatever situation or mental state you may find yourself.
A must have for those who enjoy reading.

Feature request- would like to be able to save favorites to a library for future re-reading.

Brilliant Digital Adaptation for the Book Publisher

The care that went into this app, along with ever Small Chair feature, is worth more than the nominal in-app subscription they charge. This company is fantastic, and it provides an unparalleled aggregation of niche humor and sophisticated reads (essays, short stories, audio essays, and even videos). I mean, every story in the Small Chair section has custom typesetting! That's just awesome.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2011
  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 23.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: McSweeney's
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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