Friday, July 07, 2006

A Tale of Two Saunders

Keith Gessen in n+1 #4: "George Saunders, the great short story writer and my advisor at Syracuse, told me he knew only two non-teaching writers in his generation (born around 1960): Donald Antrim was one and I forget the other."

Curious the contrast between George Saunders and the ULA's Jack Saunders (no relation). Jack has lived a life opposite to that of the teaching writer. His struggle to survive as a writer outside the system is described in his LitVision/ULA novel, Bukowski Never Did This. The independent writer's struggle is the theme of the work, which looks like no novel ever written, is unique to itself, yet filled with clarity and truth.

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