The Braindead Megaphone

The Braindead Megaphone

Essays

eBook - 2007
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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 ofDecember
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781101217474
1101217472
9781429545778
1429545771
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill.
Contents: The braindead megaphone
The new Mecca
Thank you, Esther Forbes
A survey of the literature
Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra
A brief study of the British
Nostalgia
Ask the optimist!
Proclamation
Woof: a plea of sorts
The great divider
Thought experiment
The perfect gerbil: reading Barthelme's "The school"
The United States of Huck: introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Buddha boy
Manifesto: a press release from PRKA.
Summary: 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 ofDecember

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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 18, 2017

This is terrific-valuable, sardonic insight on the art of writing and current Geo-politics!

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empbee
Sep 17, 2016

Funnily good, seriously funny. Good satirical essays.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 05, 2013

George Saunders was interviewed on the CBC Radio program "Writers and Company" on the Sunday, March 3, 2013 program. To listen to the interview go to the CBC Radio web site and the "Writers and Company" page where a podcast is available for this date.

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