The Brain-Dead Megaphone

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A&C Black, May 14, 2012 - Humor - 272 pages
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In this, his first collection of essays, Saunders trains his eye on the real world rather than the fictional and reveals it to be brimming with wonderful, marvellous strangeness. As he faces a political and cultural reality saturated with lazy media, false promises and political doublespeak, Saunders invokes the wisdom of American literary heroes Twain, Vonnegut and Barthelme and inspires us to re-examine our assumptions about the world we live in, as we struggle to discover what is really there.
 

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User Review  - doryfish - LibraryThing

A real mixed bag of essays, not just in quality but in tone. There is straight-up satire, travel writing, praise for other authors, and a couple pieces that read like Saunders' lesser short stories ... Read full review

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User Review  - jgrann - LibraryThing

A book of non-fiction essays must be special if read a decade later they still delight. By combining smart with funny, Saunders tours the American psyche through literature, politics, and ... Read full review

Contents

The Braindead Megaphone
1
The New Mecca
21
Thank You Esther Forbes
57
A Survey of the Literature
65
Mr Vonnegut in Sumatra
73
A Brief Study of the British
85
Nostalgia
97
Ask the Optimist
103
A Plea of Sorts
123
The Great Divider
127
Thought Experiment
169
Reading Barthelmes The School
175
Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
187
Buddha Boy
211
A Press Release from PRKA
251
Acknowledgments
255

Proclamation
119

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About the author (2012)

George Saunders is the author of the novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil and three short story collections, In Persuasion Nation, Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, as well as the children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work has received four National Magazine Awards, and has been selected for the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories collections. In 1999, Saunders was recognized as one of the 20 best young American fiction writers by the New Yorker. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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