“Be a good and proactive and even somewhat desperate patient on your own behalf—seek out the most efficacious anti-selfishness medicines, energetically, for the rest of your life. Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous, and unafraid version of you—and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because, actually, nothing else does.”
A highly accomplished literary writer with award-winning essays and short story collections, George Saunders shows off his experimentation with language, witty humor, and thought-provoking material in all of his published works.
Despite his unconventional jump into an MFA at Syracuse University (where he teaches today) from a past of studying and working in geophysical engineering, Saunders sites this early career shift as a helpful tool that allowed him to think differently about the way he approaches his writing projects.
His recent publication and first full-length fiction novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has gone on to be a New York Time’s Bestseller as of February 2017.