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The Brain-Dead Megaphone: Essays
by George Saunders
Aug. 18, 2017 - Aug. 19, 2017

Done

Saunders, G. (2010). The Brain-Dead Megaphone: Essays. Bloomsbury Publishing.


Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010. 257 pages.

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p.224
crèche »
British: a nursery where babies and young child...
p.195
skeins »
a length of thread or yarn, loosely coiled and ...
p.97
prelapsarian »
(adjective) characteristic of or belonging to t...
p.94
paucity »
the presence of something only in small or insu...
p.81
verities »
(noun) the quality or state of being true or re...
p.243
the physical comes to dominate us
Because we feel ourselves first and foremost as...
p.210
in a country as violent and stupid as ours
[...] _Huck Finn_ is a great book because it te...
p.206
racism in Huckleberry Finn
The questions about race in _Huck Finn_ tend to...
p.203
the United States of Tom or the United States o...
[...] Huck and Tom represent two viable models ...
p.172
we could withdraw from judging mode
If, at the moment when someone cuts us off in t...

1

The Braindead Megaphone

a polemic about the dumbing-down of media, cus the person with the loudest voice forces everyone else to react, plus the profit motive makes media drift away from its original purpose. I agree with the sentiment but I didn't really like the way it was written (too heavy-handed)

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1

The Braindead Megaphone

a polemic about the dumbing-down of media, cus the person with the loudest voice forces everyone else to react, plus the profit motive makes media drift away from its original purpose. I agree with the sentiment but I didn't really like the way it was written (too heavy-handed)

1 / 0
21

The New Mecca

about Dubai. there were some good moments but the overall tone was annoying

1 / 3
21

The New Mecca

about Dubai. there were some good moments but the overall tone was annoying

1 / 3
57

Thank You, Esther Forbes

some nun at his primary school gave him a Newbery-winning book by Esther Forbes, who wrote things like "On rocky islands gulls woke"

0 / 0
57

Thank You, Esther Forbes

some nun at his primary school gave him a Newbery-winning book by Esther Forbes, who wrote things like "On rocky islands gulls woke"

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65

A Survey of the Literature

I hated this. honestly felt like something I would have been proud to write when I was 12. about "fluid-nations" (most notably People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction, but a bunch of other Annoyingly Capitalised Terms)

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65

A Survey of the Literature

I hated this. honestly felt like something I would have been proud to write when I was 12. about "fluid-nations" (most notably People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction, but a bunch of other Annoyingly Capitalised Terms)

0 / 0
73

Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra

about his general admiration for Vonnegut and what he had accomplished with Slaughterhouse-Five

1 / 0
73

Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra

about his general admiration for Vonnegut and what he had accomplished with Slaughterhouse-Five

1 / 0
85

A Brief Study of the British

about his trip to the Hay literary festival. classic overly American satire. mostly crap. like one good line

1 / 1
85

A Brief Study of the British

about his trip to the Hay literary festival. classic overly American satire. mostly crap. like one good line

1 / 1
97

Nostalgia

another satirical piece about too much porn and violence in the media etc

1 / 1
97

Nostalgia

another satirical piece about too much porn and violence in the media etc

1 / 1
103

Ask the Optimist!

hated this one too (like the letter-writing scene in Bleak Expectations, but replace the dry British humour with onanistic American chortling)

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103

Ask the Optimist!

hated this one too (like the letter-writing scene in Bleak Expectations, but replace the dry British humour with onanistic American chortling)

0 / 0
119

Proclamation

a really tasteless one about declaring a jihad on the English language? weird

0 / 0
119

Proclamation

a really tasteless one about declaring a jihad on the English language? weird

0 / 0
123

Woof: A Plea of Sorts

a stupid one from the POV of a dog

0 / 0
123

Woof: A Plea of Sorts

a stupid one from the POV of a dog

0 / 0
127

The Great Divider

pseudo-investigative journalism piece about the US-Mexico border. He rides with Minutemen for a bit. Not as crisp as the Mother Jones piece but there are some good moments

0 / 1
127

The Great Divider

pseudo-investigative journalism piece about the US-Mexico border. He rides with Minutemen for a bit. Not as crisp as the Mother Jones piece but there are some good moments

0 / 1
169

Thought Experiment

in which George Saunders discovers that a lot of one's character + prospects in life are determined by luck and circumstance

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169

Thought Experiment

in which George Saunders discovers that a lot of one's character + prospects in life are determined by luck and circumstance

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175

The Perfect Gerbil: Reading Barthelme's "The School"

pretty good. his serious takes on literature are a lot better than his satires

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175

The Perfect Gerbil: Reading Barthelme's "The School"

pretty good. his serious takes on literature are a lot better than his satires

0 / 0
187

The United States of Huck: Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

about the complexities of huckleberry finn. really good

1 / 3
187

The United States of Huck: Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

about the complexities of huckleberry finn. really good

1 / 3
211

Buddha Boy

i'm mixed on this one ... he makes some interesting meta-points, but the rest felt unfocused and pointless and even kinda vapid

1 / 1
211

Buddha Boy

i'm mixed on this one ... he makes some interesting meta-points, but the rest felt unfocused and pointless and even kinda vapid

1 / 1
251

Manifesto: A Press Release From PRKA

more about People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction

0 / 0
251

Manifesto: A Press Release From PRKA

more about People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction

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