When: Sept. 19 & 20
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Lannan literary series
$6 General Public
$3 with Student ID
George Saunders has written, “The land of the short story, is a brutal land, a land very similar, in its strictness, to the land of the joke.” His story collections, including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia, feature characters who speak in a strangely futuristic language, often abbreviated, part sales pitch, part self-help, and are found in environs like twisted amusement parks and ridiculous theme restaurants. Saunders’ unflappable humanity for his characters, the haves and the have-nots, no matter how wretched they may be, leaves the reader hopeful. He said, “I think our brains basically came off the same assembly line, and that this is maybe one of the ways that fiction does what it does, even though we are all different people, different genders, with different backgrounds.” Saunders’ most recent story collection is Tenth of December.
Joel Lovell is deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine where his story on George Saunders was a cover feature in early 2013. Prior to joining The New York Times, Lovell wrote a column for GQ called “Men + Money,” described as “an angry little wound of class anxiety amid the men’s magazines’ celebrations of four-figure shoes…” He has also written for the radio program This American Life with stories on subjects such as taxation, the fear of sleep, and working in a mental institution.