He was the second consecutive American writer to win the prize.
If we take apart the motivations and rationales and biographies of some of the leading exponents of plastic realism, we find that their official personas match the ideal neoliberal subject being constituted in their works.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. It is an event that made hardly a blip on the radar of international news back then, and its remembrance four decades on is likely to make even less of one.
"Hugo House is such an important community resource, and it's fittingly named in honor of Richard Hugo, a Seattle writer who had a national impact. He's the perfect namesake for a writers' center."
Each submission has “Two Minute” in the title, which, according to Chipotle, refers to the approximate amount of time it
In 2013, celebrated author George Saunders delivered the convocation address at Syracuse University's commencement. Saunders's
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.
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.
His advice? Do whatever you must -- "the ambitious things." But, above all, "err in the direction of kindness." Accomplishment
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.
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.
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.
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.