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Wow.  Just … wow.

I’ve loved George Saunders ever since I read CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and when I told him (at his Politics and Prose reading last night), he said that I must have been about four when I read it.  “Between 14 and 24,” I said — not trying to be cagey about my age but because I was so happy to be talking with him that I got a little math-addled.  (I was much closer to 24.)

George Saunders reading at Politics & Prose.

George Saunders reading at Politics & Prose.

It was a terrific reading.  He (more…)


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During yesterday’s visit to the Folger Shakespeare Library (after seeing “Very Like a Whale,” an exhibit that showcased, among other things, a narwhal tooth, an enormous chained book and an etching of a saint saying mass on top of a whale), I learned that if I were living in Tudor England, today would be Plough Monday.  (Perhaps it still is.)  On Plough Monday you put the revels of Christmas and New Year’s Day and Twelfth Night behind you and set your hand to the plow.  After at least twelve days of lying fallow, it’s time for me to do the same.

During my writing hiatus, I did a lot of reading.  I read Thinking Like Your Editor (which helped me frame my biography project) and The Forest for the Trees (which helped me think my long-term writing plans in general).

I also read a terrific article in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about George Saunders, his work, his life, and the way he thinks about American culture.  I’ve enjoyed his short stories ever since CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and now I want to read his collection of essays (how did I miss it?) The Braindead Megaphone.  I love the way Saunders pushes the extremes of our cultural needs (for entertainment, for drugs, for money, for stories) to show us what might lie ahead.

So that’s a lot of name-dropping, and book-title-linking.  But what I’m really thinking about is (more…)

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