George Saunders

Jeff VanderMeer • October 25th, 2007 @ 8:56 am • Book Reviews

The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders has what I can only describe as a cleansing effect. Most of the essays are so clear, crisp, and interesting that it literally helps clean the white noise out of your brain. His essay on the importance of sentences in fiction should be required reading for all creative writing students. There’s also a ton of funny stuff in the book, including his exploration of the British.

Reading this in combination with Tin House: Fantastic Women is stimulating, energizing, and, hey, fun!

Jeff

4 Responses to “George Saunders”

  1. Andrew says:

    Jeff, I think that the essay to which you refer is at GS’s site, as well as in his new book.
    http://www.georgesaundersland.com/precision

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Yes–that’s the one! I didn’t see it on the site, but that’s it! Thanks!!
    Jeff

  3. John Coulthart says:

    See also Politics and the English Language by another George:

    http://www.protrainco.com/info/essays/politicsandenglishlang.htm

  4. Freddie Kienitz says:

    If we take your advice and pursue a path towards early retirement, who will the government tax to pay for its ever increasing deficit and annual budget? As a boomer myself I find myself conflicted with the thought of my children having to pay higher taxes to fund my early retirement. Dont we all, as Americans, have some shared responsibility to rescue our country from the decades of mismanagement? Or do we punch out early and suck what littles left in the coffers dry?

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