Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Semplica-Girl Diaries
This week's issue of The New Yorker has an incredible new story by George Saunders called "The Semplica-Girl Diaries".
I read an interview with Saunders once where he said that when he started out as a writer, he mostly created bleak, realistic worlds about human resources departments and other mundane realities.
He said he was inspired by Hemingway's minimalism, but eventually abandoned it for something more unique.
Saunders said he realized that if he transplanted his themes into strange, Dystopic, absurd worlds, it ending up being a much more pleasurable/accessible read.
(Didn't Mary Poppins say something about that? Spoon full of sugar or whatever?)
Anyways, this story is about a struggling middle-class family who win a small lottery and decide to buy a set of Semplica-Girls–impoverished foreign women who get paid to be lawn ornaments.
Anyways, I was also excited to see Saunders' has a new book of short stories called Tenth of December coming out in January. It's going on my list.
That's it for now.