Saunders and Sympathy

Even before the New York Times Magazine declared The Tenth of December the best book of the year, George Saunders was a popular guy. Maybe not quite Bestseller-popular, but certainly beloved by writers and readers. There are plenty of reasons Saunders’s fiction is such a pleasure to read: the language, the humor, the genuineness of the characters. He writes with sympathy–which is the way he tries to live.

“That’s what I’m doing 24/7 – trying to figure out a way to be decent,” he says in a recent interview with Salon. Lots of great insights from a great writer.