George Saunders on Lincoln in the Bardo and spending time with Trump supporters.

George Saunders on How the Disdain for Art Explains Trump’s Rise

George Saunders on How the Disdain for Art Explains Trump’s Rise

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
June 8 2017 9:30 AM

I Have to Ask: The George Saunders Edition

The author of Lincoln in the Bardo on summoning the ghost of past presidents and writing about our current one.

George Saunders
George Saunders

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia.

George Saunders is a short story writer and essayist who has just written his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what he learned while researching Abraham Lincoln, why spending time with Trump supporters is important for progressive writers, and the necessity of art in a society under siege.

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Podcast production by Audrey Dilling.