Episode 27 - George Saunders

Episode 27 - George Saunders

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George Saunders is as famous as contemporary literary fiction (let alone short-story) writers get, to the extent of being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013. His first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” comes out February 14th, 2017 and is receiving glowing reviews. The audio version of the novel is read by truly star-studded cast of 166, including Susan Sarandon, Jeff Tweedy, David Sedaris, Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham, Keegan Michael-Key, and Julianne Moore, and Saunders’ parents.

He’s also one of my favorite writers ever. I’ll let the short autobiography on his site tell you some more about him.

We talked about fame’s perks and pitfalls, artmaking, humility, kindness, the president (just for a minute, promise), and beans.

(Here's a very nice kudo!)


Here are the two nonfiction pieces of his we referred to in our conversation:

“Congratulations, by the Way” (a graduation speech on kindness - also available as a lovely audio minibook on Audible)


“Who Are All These Trump Voters?”  - Saunders’ New Yorker piece from pre-election time last year.

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Here's cohost Mec being photobombed by Mom and Dad!


(photo of George Saunders by Chloe Aftel)

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