The Braindead Megaphone

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-04
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"-not to mention an official Genius-a trade paperback original and his first nonfiction collection ever. George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.

Author Biography

George Saunders is the author of several books and writes regularly for The New Yorker, Harper's, and GQ. He is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards. He teaches at Syracuse University. Author websites: inpersuasionnation.com, reignofphil.com, georgesaundersland.com.

Table of Contents

The braindead megaphone 1
The new Meccap. 21
Thank you, Esther Forbesp. 57
A survey of the literaturep. 65
Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatrap. 73
A brief study of the Britishp. 85
Nostalgiap. 97
Ask the optimist!p. 103
Proclamationp. 119
Woof : a plea of sortsp. 123
The great dividerp. 127
Thought experimentp. 169
The perfect gerbil : reading Barthelme's "The school"p. 175
The United States of Huck : introduction to The adventures of Huckleberry Finnp. 187
Buddha Boyp. 211
Manifesto : a press release from PRKAp. 251
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