The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"--not to mention an official "Genius"--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.

From the author of Tenth of December...
 

About George Saunders

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George Saunders is the author of Tenth of December; In Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."
 
Published September 4, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 276 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Though the magazine pieces that Saunders (In Persuasion Nation, 2006, etc.) has written for the likes of the New Yorker, Harper’s and GQ provide an inviting introduction to the unique stylist, devoted fans of his fiction will find their appreciation (and understanding) deepened as the author anal...

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The New York Times

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The short-story writer George Saunders apparently has a Thing for Capital Letters.

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The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders Bloomsbury £10.99, pp257 Since the publication of his first story collection in 1996, George Saunders has been carving out a reputation as one of the leading American comic writers of the McSweeney's generation.

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Entertainment Weekly

In The Braindead Megaphone, his collection of funny essays and long journalism, the affable author patrols the Mexican border, visits the Buddha Boy in Nepal, and, in the title essay, ribs America's loudmouth TV culture: ''Is all our media stupid?

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San Francisco Chronicle

You'll find the work of George Saunders frequently described as "funny," but that's like calling a nuclear detonation "warm" - it's true, abundantly so, but it fails to accurately convey the forces unleashed.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

George Saunders' award-winning fiction uses the absurd to get at the real, and makes the real absurd.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Working with language, exercising thus our minds, as writers and then as readers, is the solution Saunders proposes to the most dangerous phenomenon of our times: the proliferation of false thinking and speaking-dissembling, abstract, and infantilising rhetoric - in the media and in politics.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In his first collection of essays, award-winning short story writer George Saunders has created something of a grab bag;

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Shelf Awareness

A lawsuit objecting to new federal Bureau of Prisons guidelines limiting religious books and materials available to prisoners in chapel libraries has been taken on on a pro bono basis by a major New York City law firm and refiled in federal district court in the Southern District of New York, acc...

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In ‘A Survey of the Literature’ – riddled with Komic Kapitals – Saunders proposes ‘fluid-nations’ made up of people with particular attributes, such as Men Who Fish, Farmers Who Mumble Soundless Prayers While Working in their Fields, and – you can see where he’...

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