As books in general and fiction in particular reputedly fade in cultural importance, George Saunders is receiving a splash of media attention once standard for literary figures.
Saunders' "Tenth of December" has garnered him a New York Times Sunday magazine profile and TV appearances on "The Morning Joe" and "Up With Chris Heys," where he sat with a panel of three other fiction writers, including Michael Chabon. Now, lead New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani pulls out her toolbox of review speak to praise Saunders.
The attention given Saunders is even more astounding given that "Tenth of December" is a short story collection, a supposedly dead form although publishers keep putting them out. Saunders, with his absurdist postmodern take on America in decline, has apparently captured the zeitgeist. How many folks outside of literary insiders like Kakutani really read Saunders is open to question. But the flurry of attention given his book is thrilling, like sighting a bird thought extinct.