George Saunders – The best thing that ever…


“The best thing that ever happened to me is that nothing happened in writing. I ended up working for engineering companies, and that’s where I found my material, in the everyday struggle between capitalism and grace. Being broke and tired, you don’t come home your best self.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – Fiction is a kind of…


“Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life kind or cruel? Yes, Literature answers. Are people good or bad? You bet, says Literature. But unlike other systems of knowing, Literature declines to eradicate one truth in favor of another.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – We have that illusion that…


“We have that illusion that we are ‘deciding’ what to make a character do, in order to ‘convey our message’ or something like that. But, at least in my experience, you are often more like a river-rafting guide who’s been paid a bonus to purposely steer your clients into the roughest possible water.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – I’m finding, as I get…


“I’m finding, as I get older, that I’m not much of a believer in redemption. I mean, I believe in redemption in real life – redemption does happen, and it’s cool when it does – but I find myself getting leery of my desire for it in stories (especially my own).”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – When I was a kid…


“When I was a kid, I took ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘The Partridge Family’ very seriously. It was a world to me in the same way that the Greek myths would have been had I read them. You know, Marcia is Athena and Mr. Brady is Zeus.”
-George Saunders