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

George Saunders – The cool parts – the parts…

The cool parts – the parts that have won Dubai its reputation as ‘the Vegas of…


“The cool parts – the parts that have won Dubai its reputation as ‘the Vegas of the Middle East’ or ‘the Venice of the Middle East’ or ‘the Disney World of the Middle East, if Disney World were the size of San Francisco and out in a desert’ – have been built in the last ten years.”
-George Saunders

George Saunders – We have that illusion that…

We have that illusion that we are ‘deciding’ what to make a character do, in…


“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 still believe that capitalism…

I still believe that capitalism is too harsh and I believe that, even within that…


“I still believe that capitalism is too harsh and I believe that, even within that, there is a lot of satisfaction and beauty if you happen to be one of the lucky ones, although that doesn’t eradicate the reality of the suffering. It’s all true at once, kind of humming and sublime.”
-George Saunders