McSweeney's 24 is one of the most varied and extraordinary issues yet. It includes a special selection on the legendary American writer Donald Barthelme, with remembrances from George Saunders, Ann Beattie, Grace Paley and more, as well as some of Barthelme's rarely published early work. There are six action-packed short stories by male writers, including Jonathan Ames and Eric Hanson. And then there's a preview of an upcoming novel by Millard Kaufman, who at 90 years of age is probably the oldest debut author ever. Here's one you can't afford to miss . . .