George Saunders – Self-Googling in Hell – Think Again Podcast #89

Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. NY Times bestselling author George Saunders on cyborgs, ghosts, ego and loving your enemy. 

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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

George Saunders' new book - his first novel, after many acclaimed collections of short stories including the NY Times bestselling 10th of December – is called Lincoln in the Bardo. A kind of play for voices about the death and afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie, who died at age 10. It's a strange, wise, funny and beautiful book about impermanence and the tenacity of the self. 

In this episode, George and Jason talk cyborgs, writing, death, and how much easier it is to talk about kindness than to live it. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips:

Marc Goodman on cyborgs and medical enhancement and Robert Thurman on loving your enemy

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.

 

 


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