Take a look at our latest LIVE event with Dick Cavett and George Saunders  this past Tuesday.

Stay tuned for the audio file of their conversation… 
Cavett: “Do you find writers more fun to hang out with than others?” Saunders: “No! Writers are more fun to email with.” #SaundersLIVE

I think the degree to which this resembles a sexual confession is not entirely coincidental. Learned (two-syllable pronunciation) papers and studies exist on the sexuality of guns, focusing always on the rather obvious phallic resemblance of the hand-held gun and the male organ; comfortable grip, extension, ejection, consequences of improper use … the list goes on.

The gun-confiscation paranoid mind-set is seen in these studies as — what else? — castration fear. And there’s the unfailing potency of the gun as a substitute for the failing potency of, well, you know. As Gore Vidal said, you can always get your gun up.

— Legendary talk show host and upcoming guest Dick Cavett ruminates on his former ardor for guns and the weapon’s latent equation with sexuality, via the NYTimes

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A rave from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times for George Saunders’ new book, The Tenth of December. Make sure to check out his remarkable other works, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, The Braindead Megaphone, In Persuasion Nation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.

(And come see Saunders LIVE on February 26 with Dick Cavett! More information and tickets here…)