Win Tickets: George Saunders at the DMA on Friday Evening

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Illustration by Louise Z Pomeroy, from And Here's the Kicker http://www.louisezpomeroy.com
David Sedaris refers to George Saunders as his writer's block go-to. He says Saunders paints life so brilliantly that you get excited about words. He's so, very correct. The characters filling the pages of a Saunders book weigh in at a magical density, tweaked by a pixelated richness and a complete verbal DNA. They are alive. And if you think you can pick them up for a quick, emotionless fling, you're in for it. Soon, you care. You're invested. You worry for these just-materialized characters and their fates. Even the schmucks'.

He's speaking at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday at 7 p.m. as part of their Fresh Ink series, and tickets are sold out. For Saunders fans that's no big surprise, especially after the New York Times Magazine dedicated an entire cover to Tenth of December, calling it "The best book you'll read in 2013."

Don't panic: We've got two pairs of tickets for an evening with George Saunders and you can win 'em. Drop a comment below, noting your favorite Saunders story. You don't have to remember the name, a quick description works.We'll do a random selection on Thursday at 3 p.m. and contact the winner. (Make sure your comment is linked to an active account -- Twitter, Facebook, email -- so we can holler at you when you win.)



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Realization
Realization

I remember the very evening I discovered the joy of reading George Saunders...
"There were approximately fifteen hundred gappers living in the sea near Frip. Each Frip family had about ten goats. Therefore, there would normally be about five hundred gappers per yard, or fifty gappers per goat."
What is a gapper?
Well, it is this baseball-like, Velcro-type crustacean with multitudinous eyes, that crawls out of the ocean at night along with (give or take) 1,499 of its buddies, all intent upon attaching themselves to local goats in a burr-like fashion. Side effects? Serious immediate goat-lassitude followed by actual withering, and depletion of milk supply!
Exactly! Of course!
It's fabulous.
Oh man... it's been a long while since I got so caught up into one of these child/adult books

rsw0011
rsw0011

"Bohemians."  sweet, lovely, tender.

ashlrich23
ashlrich23

"CommComm" is one of my absolute favorites not only to read, but also to teach to my 11th grade students!

obstinox
obstinox

It's an easy go-to, but the people pretending to be cavemen at a museum. First thing of his I read and I've enjoyed pretty much everything since.

MichaelJaynes
MichaelJaynes

The story that got me into Saunders and is still one of my favorites is "Fox 8". My friends in grad school and I all passed that story around when one of us discovered it, and then we walked around quoting, "Because I am a fox!" repeatedly. I'd love to see him speak!

ChrisMosley
ChrisMosley

I enjoyed the one where the boss is chewing out his employees in a very passive aggressive manner. 

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