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George Saunders

What Exactly is a Man Crush?

Steven Petite | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Steven Petite

If you are a female reading this, chances are your significant other has a man crush on at least one male or more. These crushes do not mean that your man desires his man crush in the way he desires you, though.

Chipotle Just Got A Whole Lot More Highbrow

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

Starting Thursday, the massive demographic that comprises both burrito-lovers and literary aficionados will find a real treat at Chipotle: Cups and ba...

WARNING: You Will Definitely Tear Up While Watching This Commencement Speech

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.24.2014 | Books

In 2013, celebrated author George Saunders delivered the convocation address at Syracuse University's commencement. Saunders's advice to the class of ...

Pulitzer Prize Preview: First a Rant, Then Some Predictions

Scott Porch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Scott Porch

Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There is only Announcement Day.

Top 10 Best and Worst Books of 2013

Valerie Stivers-Isakova | Posted 02.22.2014 | Books
Valerie Stivers-Isakova

Welcome to my first end-of-year roundup. I have read a lot of good contemporary literature this year -- more than usual, because I've been doing some official reviewing -- though I don't claim to have an exhaustive sample.

How George Saunders Helped Me Find My Intellectual Life

Larissa Zimberoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Larissa Zimberoff

But for some, for many just a bit older than I, there was really real programming in the form of The Dick Cavett Show: live television that featured the great literary and cultural personalities of the time.

The Best Graduation Speech You'll Read All Year

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.02.2013 | Books

Stop what you're doing right now and read the commencement speech that's fixing to break the internet please. It was delivered this summer by the mast...

Let's Do Away With Anonymous Posting

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Anthony Hatcher

The current decline in civil discourse comes from many quarters. People decry the lack of common courtesy in debates large and small. I maintain that anonymity on the Web is one factor in this decline, and if everyone with an opinion to share had to back up that opinion with a signature, there might be more restraint.

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.

Getting to We

Bob McKinnon | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Bob McKinnon

President Obama will give his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. And while the state of our economy may be improving and the state of our standing in the world strong, if he is truly honest he should admit that the state of our union is not where it should be.

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...

The Geek's Guide the Writing Life: Write What Only You Can Write

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

If you put in the time and the energy and, instead of worrying about the competition, celebrate the fact that someone else is doing wonders with words, wonders that will continue to build a reading and writing future for all of us, you'll find that sweet spot too.

Egg in My Beer: Reading Short Stories for Long Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Pull up a chair, draw a beer, and throw in the egg of inspiration: In other words, find a quiet place to read and open up a book of short stories. The satisfaction will last longer, much longer, than any beer (egged or not).

Surprising Day Jobs Of Famous Authors

Posted 12.18.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire All you struggling artists and writers out there, take heart. It may seem like you’re just spinning your wheels at that random jo...

Life Advice From Your Favorite Authors

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.25.2011 | Books

One of our go-to Monday morning reads (seriously, bookmark it) is The Days of Yore, a stellar blog that interviews artists of all stripes about the ti...

The Best Books To Help You Enjoy The Apocalypse

npr.org | Victor Gischler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I've never been much of a joiner, but I am a member of a Facebook group called "The Worst Part of a Zombie Apocalypse will be Pretending It's Not Awes...

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.

Journeys With George (Saunders), or Why Magazines Should Hire More Fiction Writers

Joshuah Bearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joshuah Bearman

Like David Foster Wallace, Saunders appears in his own journalism as the bumbling journalist, but Saunders is more believable, which is to say that he is a bumbler, which is part of the charm.

Sick of Sarah Palin's Book? Let's Talk About Writing And The Writers' Writer

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

These last two weeks seem to be all about books by non-writers and we felt it was time to change the conversation. We asked writers--colleagues and fr...