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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...

Zambra’s Camilo

Just read Alejandro Zambra’s “Camilo” in The New Yorker. Wonderful story.  In some ways it doesn’t seem to have much of a narrative structure; it’s episodic, and reads like a compressed memoir.  You’d think that would rob the story of its urgency, but the voice is so strong, and the writing so compact and honest, that it feels perfect.  The story doesn’t...


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