TagGeorge Saunders

Saunders on Trump, and writing

This is from George Saunders’ latest New Yorker piece, chronicling his days on the campaign trail talking with Trump supporters and protestors: The tragedy of the Trump movement is that one set of struggling people has been pitted against other groups of struggling people by someone who has known little struggle, at least in the material sense, and hence seems to have little empathy for...

Irrational inspiration

Recently Abbe and I went to the beach for the week.  It was wonderfully and kind of terrifyingly remote.  A good place to write, I hoped (although it was really a working vacation). Sometimes I think I’m a loon.  Three years ago we went to the Outer Banks and I wrote one story (“Jellyfish”) and came up with the idea for another (“Grandfather Vampire”).  They...

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