George Saunders – Fiction is a kind of…

Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life…


“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 – The best thing that ever…

The best thing that ever happened to me is that nothing happened in writing. I…


“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 – I’m finding, as I get…

I’m finding, as I get older, that I’m not much of a believer in redemption…


“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 – I turned 54 this year…

I turned 54 this year and I find myself feeling like I’m in a bit…


“I turned 54 this year and I find myself feeling like I’m in a bit of a race to get down on paper the way I really feel about life – or the way it has presented to me. And because it has presented to me very beautifully, this is hard. It is technically very hard to show positive manifestations.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – My habit would have been…

My habit would have been to veer towards the dark – to prove I was something…


“My habit would have been to veer towards the dark – to prove I was something edgy, or maybe to prove that I was cognisant of the dark side. Now, with age and confidence, I can say, yeah, that’s true, but I am cognisant of the fact that people can do things well. And can be more loving than you expect.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – The scariest thought in the…

The scariest thought in the world is that someday I’ll wake up and realize I’ve…


“The scariest thought in the world is that someday I’ll wake up and realize I’ve been sleepwalking through my life: underappreciating the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to neuroses, fear, and the habitual.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – When I was a kid…

When I was a kid, I took ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘The Partridge Family’ very…


“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