If you enjoy George Saunders stories and you like hearing pragmatic writers talk about the technical aspects of their work process, then you will certainly enjoy this podcast interview with the author himself by The Sound of Young America’s Jesse Thorn. I’ve already linked to a Saunders-on-writing interview in the short lifespan of this site, but fact is the man is just hugely insightful on the subject, which he views in a pleasingly cold and alienated way. As if writing is the act of identifying and negating all his natural tendencies.
Plus, George Saunders is just an interesting guy to hear interviewed. (I solemnly pledge to work up a post with links to all his online stories in the near future. For now, if you haven’t lately, please see “Sea Oak,” one of the funniest stories I’ve ever read. Certainly the hands-down best ever about male strippers working in an aviation-themed club.)
On a non-Saunders side note, if you’re the kind of person looking for a compelling interviewer in podcast form — say, a Terri Gross figure, but one that you’re parents don’t also listen to — I’d encourage you to check out America’s Radio Sweetheart right away. Jesse Thorn has a throwback radio voice, a ton of goofy, eager enthusiasm and great taste in interview subjects, particularly the kind of creative folks you don’t see interviewed all over the place.