“That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.”

George Saunders

Happy 56th birthday, George Saunders! The big-hearted American writer’s short stories concentrate on the beautiful, the weird, and the profound. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant.**

**Just an FYI that David Foster Wallace was also a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient (at age 35 to friend, Saunders’s 48).

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