17 September, 2005

George Saunders

Go and read everything George Saunders has ever written or said. I did, after reading this post by Dave Schwartz at Mumble Herder.

Just my cup of tea.

I truly really was going to post about this anyway, even before Dave swore at my poem hereunder.


Blogger chance said...

I've been waiting with bated breath for this to come in the mail for a week and a half now.

Stupid postman.

17 September, 2005 22:12  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

I discovered that I actually owned a George Saunders book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, which I bought for my son Harry. But the short stories are what I'm after. If I don't hunt them down at Galaxy here in Sydney, I'll have to get them online - and I've never bought books online before. I'm a bit worried that if I start, I may never stop. I may discover that it's just too, too easy. And I'm addicted to getting mail, too, so it would appeal to the worst in me...

17 September, 2005 22:48  
Blogger chance said...

I love The Very Persistent Gapper of Frip! (Though I don't have a copy - Just Civilwarland in Bad Decline and Pastoralia

And here is some Saunders to tie you over. and here And this is not fiction, but worth reading, too. And one more

(Wow I hadn't realized I'd bookmarked so much of his fiction.)

I am firmly addicted to ording books of f the internet - it's so convenient for ording out of print stuff, and like you say mail!

17 September, 2005 23:35  
Blogger chance said...

oops tide you over ...

17 September, 2005 23:35  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Hi Chance!

Thanks for those links. I had read (and loved) the first two, but not the Chicago Christmas one (brrr! I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't fiction) or "Red Bow", which was also chilling in the best way possible.

I've also been reading all the interviews he has given over the years, and he talks so much sense in such an interesting way. I'm just 'Yeah, what he said'-ing all the way through.

Discoveries like this make the nearly-full-time writing life feel a little less odd and solitary. (Thanks, again, Dave!) All hail the Internet!

Now, where's that credit card? :)

21 September, 2005 07:08  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

PS Chance, where's your blog gone?

21 September, 2005 07:09  
Blogger Dave said...

You're very welcome! :-) I discovered Saunders a few years ago through my now-roommate, who reports that he is not only talented but also extremely gracious in person. (She went to a reading and had her book signed; he was very kind.)

I think "Red Bow" was in last year's Best Fantasy and Horror annual--the Datlow/Link/Grant one, I believe you've heard of it?

21 September, 2005 07:56  
Blogger chance said...

I relocated it to for various reasons. (and drat that postman, he's still reading my copy of Phil)

21 September, 2005 09:15  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Hi Dave, Yes, he gives the impression of being gracious and kind in his interviews. He just says too many apt and wise things for me to copy down and keep them all, that's the problem. How can I get them to my desert island?

Tee-hee about the anthology. I'd never actually read any year's best anthologies until Bill Congreve/Michelle Marquardt's Australian one arrived in the post. I'm expecting my copy of #18 to arrive any minute, and then I may start exploring the others.

Chance, Dave has HIS copy of Phil, have you got YOUR copy of Phil yet? (I think this is a Lane Smith joke, from the flap copy of The Happy Hocky Family - "I have a Carnegie Medal, do YOU have a Carnegie Medal?" I will check and report back.)

24 September, 2005 22:39  
Blogger chance said...

yes! finally today (after an attempt to get it from the post office where they claimed they "couldn't find it" on Friday -guess some evil nomailman wanted to read it over the weekend.)

27 September, 2005 03:41  

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