Friday, February 15, 2013

George Saunders, An Old Friend As It Turns Out

Next week's guest, bestselling short story writer George Saunders used to visit the Writers Institute office from time to time in the 1980s, when Toni Morrison shared our space in the Humanities Building. Here's why (via an interview in the New Yorker):

"When we had our first daughter, Paula was on a fellowship, studying with Toni Morrison at SUNY Albany, and I had just started working for a pharmaceutical company as a tech writer. But then her fellowship ended and that job played out, and, at the same time, it started to dawn on us that this writing thing might take longer to pay off than we’d expected."

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