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Help today's journalists go "off assignment" and tell the fullest truth.
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    THE BIGGEST THANK YOU EVER

    The loveliest e-thank-you letter you ever did read, straight from the founders.

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    THE MAGAZINE: OUR DEBUT PRINT VOLUME​

    Our very first print collection​​--the best stories we've gathered thus far. Gorgeous photos, playful illustrations, and candid travel tales.

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    THE MAGAZINE & THE AUDIOBOOK

    - The debut print volume.
    - The "Letter to a Stranger" audiobook: 12 of our finest letters, plus an Iceland expose by Pico Iyer, a preface by the founders, and a "Triptionary" reading by Tony Perrottet.

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    THE MEGA-BACKER'S MAGAZINE

    -An emphatic THANKS to you on our website.
    -​Two signed and dedicated copies of the print volume--one to you, one mailed to a friend.
    - The"Letter to a Stranger" audio book.

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    AUTHOR'S CUTS - MATTHEW THOMAS

    - Matt will mark up "We Are Not Ourselves" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
    -PLUS, the print volume + "Letter to a Stranger" audiobook.

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    PARTY WITH US

    - A ticket to our OA 2.0 party in San Francisco. Meet the Bay area writers and visionaries fueling this project and get a dose of Off Assignment live.
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    WANDERLUST BUNDLE

    -You name the city/country and our nomad writers will author you a customized itinerary
    -Based on your answers to our quirky questionnaire, we will tap travel writers Don George and Lavinia Spalding to create a "Places to See Before You Die" list just for you.
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    BAD ASS WOMEN BOOK BUNDLE

    - Journalist Jen Percy will mark up "Demon Camp,"essayist Sarah Menkedick will annotate her (brand new!) book "Homing Instincts," and Kirstin Quade will mark up "Night at the Fiestas" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    GOLD SPONSORSHIP

    -Your generous contribution will fund one of our signature "Letter to a Stranger" essays. It will appear with "brought to you by..."
    -Your name will be memorialized in the beautifully designed centerfold spread of our keepsake print volume.
    -A ticket to our OA 2.0 party in San Francisco
    -A longhand thank-you letter from the founders, mailed from a foreign land!
    -PLUS: our debut print volume + "Letter to a Stranger" audio book.

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    GAME-CHANGER

    Your donation will make a huge splash in the coming year; we will thank you, writ large!

    -Your name, cause or company will be memorialized on the back cover of our debut print volume, artfully designed by our team.
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    MEET PICO IYER OR GAY TALESE

    Some people just know how to tell stories--on paper AND in person.

    -Support this endeavor at the highest level and you'll get a chance to meet the legendary Pico Iyer in San Francisco, or Gay Talese in New York, and hear them go further and further "off assignment!"
    -PLUS: our debut print volume + "Letter to a Stranger" audio book + OA 2.0 party + thank you letter from a foreign land.
    -Eternal love.

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    AUTHOR'S CUTS: AMY BLOOM

    - Amy Bloom will mark up "Away" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    JOURNALIST CONFESSIONS: TED CONOVER

    - Ted Conover will delve back into "Rolling Nowhere" to create for you the "off assignment" version, by adding candid, retrospective marginalia throughout.
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS : LAUREN GROFF

    - Lauren Groff will mark up "Arcadia" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    JOURNALIST CONFESSIONS: ANNE FADIMAN

    - Anne Fadiman will delve back into "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" to create for you the "off assignment" version, by adding candid, retrospective marginalia throughout.
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    JOURNALIST CONFESSIONS: LESLIE JAMISON

    - Leslie Jamison will delve back into "The Empathy Exams" to create for you the "off assignment" version, by adding candid, retrospective marginalia throughout.
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS : JULIA GLASS

    - Julia Glass will mark up "Three Junes" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS : EDAN LEPUCKI

    - Edan Lepucki will mark up "California" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS : SAM LIPSYTE

    - Sam Lipsyte will mark up "The Fun Parts" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    HOT-OFF-THE-PRESS BOOK BUNDLE

    -Signed copies of two new books by the vanguards of literary reportage, Ariel Levy and Gay Talese: The Rules Do Not Apply, and High Notes.
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS - PHILLIP LOPATE

    -Phillip will mark up his new book "A Mother's Tale" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    ESSAYISTS BOOK BUNDLE

    - John D'Agata will mark up "The Making of the American Essay" and Elena Passarello will mark up "Let Me Clear My Throat" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS - NATHANIEL RICH

    -Nathaniel will mark up his book "Odds Against Tomorrow" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    TRAVEL ESSAYISTS COLLECTION

    - Tom Bissell will mark up "Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia" and Blair Braverman will mark up "Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    BOOKWORM BUNDLE

    -A reading list tailored to your reading taste made by Pico Iyer. He will write it in letter form and mail it to you!
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    NOVELISTS BOOK BUNDLE

    - Teddy Wayne will mark up "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine," Lev Grossman will mark up his book "The Magicians," and Josh Weil will mark up "The Great Glass Sea" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    TRAVEL WRITER'S LIBRARY

    - Our favorite travel writers will sign their book to you, and sprinkle commentary throughout: everything they *didn't* say in the official version:
    - Don George "The Way of Wanderlust," Julia Cooke “The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba,” Rolf Potts "Vagabonding," Lavinia Spalding “Writing Away,” Elisabeth Eaves “Wanderlust,” Marcia DeSanctis "100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go," and Alex Sheshunoff "A Beginner's Guide to Paradise"
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    AUTHOR'S CUTS: MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

    - Michael Cunningham will mark up "The Hours" with playful notes and asides: regrets, chuckles, confessions. Think director's cuts...the literary equivalent!
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    JOURNALIST CONFESSIONS- SUSAN ORLEAN

    - Susan Orlean will delve back into "My Kind of Place" to create for you the "off assignment" version, by adding candid, retrospective marginalia throughout.
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