George Saunders tells Stephen about his writing process, the nun in his head and sings a song about winning (sort of).
“I’m a little intimidated, it’s like having sex in front of porn stars.” Internal Nun: *raises eyebrow*
George Saunders is a buddhist john steinbeck.
The song they sang in this segment could be the theme song for the Republican Party, most all the members of which seem to operate on the “I’ve got mine, too bad for you” philosophy, including refusing to provide a helping hand up to those in need based on the often faulty assumption that the other person’s disadvantage is solely due to their own mistakes and lack of effort. The message of the song seems to be totally at odds with the viewpoint Saunders claims is held by the main character in the book, who gets ahead in life, but then looks back to help those who did not get ahead.
This is why I like Colbert. He can interview someone I’m completely unfamiliar with and it will still be interesting.
Saunders reaction to “That’s disappointing, George,” was hilarious – he almost flew off the couch XD
many animals can be touchy feely, only we are rational like we are. Surely a mixture of both is what we need. They aren’t mutually exclusive.
Looks and sound like a mythbuster
George and Stevenfuncle
One of the greatest contemporary American writers. Funny guy. And a damn great songwriter. This dude has it all!
(I wish they could have talked about “Tenth of December”, though. That book is amazing!)
Loved this interview. Now I feel compelled to check out the works of George Saunders.
George is absolutely fantastic! You should all pick up Tenth of December and In Persuasion Nation.
Excuse my musical ignorance but what did he put along the side of his guitar?
I really liked his idea of ’empathy on training wheels’ and was waiting for him to elaborate and address Stephen’s question but tbh I have no idea where he was going with the bob thing…
This genius doesn’t know brown shoes and a black jacket are a no
Saunders has a nun in his head! Saunders has a nun in his head! Saunders has a nun in his head, And he keeps it there all day! – Laurie Berkner
I love this guy.
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