George Saunders

in Amarillo, Texas, The United States
December 02, 1958




George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysics crew, as a doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a guitarist in a Texas country-and-western band, and a knuckle-puller in a West Texas slaughterhouse.

After reading in People magazine about the Master's program at Syracuse University, he applied. Mr. Saunders received an MA with an emphasis in creative writing

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"Ask the Optimist!" – A (completely insane) puppet-perf...

"Ask the Optimist!" – A (completely insane) puppet-performed excerpt from The Braindead Megaphone, featuring the vocal stylings of John Hodgman, Andy Daly, and an even more star-studded cast. Brought to you by The Sound of Young America.

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“Don't be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”
George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone

“Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.”
George Saunders

“That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been....Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”
George Saunders



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