Yesterday I had a chance to speak with our old friend George Saunders, who came down from Syracuse to read at Cornell. Saunders is the author, as I'm sure you know, of the story collections In Persuasion Nation, Pastoralia, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, the short novel The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. He lives in Syracuse, New York, where he teaches in the Syracuse Creative Writing program; last year he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship for his work.
We talked about Dubai; imitating other people; whether irony is inevitable, or even real, or what; and what totalitarians do to language. Check it out at the Writers At Cornell Blog.