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Tenth of December

Re-Reading George Saunders: The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Valerie Stivers-Isakova | Posted 05.27.2013 | Books
Valerie Stivers-Isakova

This brilliant re-purposing of modern communication-garbage is in evidence everywhere in Saunders. In The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, published in 2005, in the heart of the Bush years, it's being used to blast a hole in the mythology of early Iraq-II-Era America. 

Review: Tenth of December, George Saunders

Valerie Stivers-Isakova | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
Valerie Stivers-Isakova

Saunders is working with the full palate of public language and contemporary narrative tradition, which includes an enormous amount of pulp, video games, self-help books and so on. He's making an intelligent critique of not just how we are, but how we think.

George Saunders Interview: Tenth of December

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Books
Cynthia Ellis

Saunders is a kind of literary guide, taking us on a tour of the human condition. In his previous stories, he has outlined for us the cage built from capitalism and longing from which none of us is free. But in his latest collection, there is hope that these bars might have the capacity to bend.

WATCH: George Saunders On 'Colbert Report'

Posted 01.30.2013 | Books

George Saunders appeared last night on The Colbert Report to talk about his collection The Tenth of December. "Why do you write short stories?" Col...