~post by Ben
I’ll admit, the first fifteen minutes after reading this announcement was spent gargling in my excitement, until I realized I don’t live in upstate New York. BUT if you do, a new, half-hour documentary on American short story master, George Saunders, will air tomorrow night, 5/16 at 9:30PM (EST) on WCNY TV. Titled, The Book of Saunders, this production of Syracuse University Electronic Media Communications is sure to be a great feature about a great author from the university which knows him best.
A graduate of Syracuse University and a professor in the Creative Writing Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, George Saunders is author of the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December, Pastoralia, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; a bestselling children’s book; and an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone. In 2006, he was awarded the Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and was included in Time’s 2013 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Also, he’s a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. See? Certified genius. And if you don’t believe me, find a way to watch this documentary tomorrow (and don’t forget to tell me where I can watch it here in Texas) or wait until the film emerges from the depths of the Internet.
Or, read The Brief and Terrifying Reign of Phil. I love that doggone book.