Tales from Suburbia: Readings by George Saunders, Sean Pravica, and Patrick Roche
From Micro, a Podcast for Short But Powerful Writing
Micro is a podcast for short but powerful writing. Each episode features a few short pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry read by the author.
Love, death, and Halloween decorations. This episode is an homage to—and a cautionary tale—of time passing in the suburbs.
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This first piece is both brief and vivid, emphasizing the proximity of everyday life to death. It’s called “Sign of Life.” It was written by Sean Pravica and published in The Citron Review.
Our second piece encapsulates childhood in suburbia, filled with memory and juxtaposition between then and now. It’s called “Suburbs in July.” It was written by Patrick Roche and appears in his book A Socially Acceptable Breakdown, out now from Button Poetry.
In our final piece, a son‘s perspective offers insight into a father‘s growing obsession, the result both comedic and a little heartbreaking. It’s called “Sticks.” It was written by George Saunders and appears in his collection Tenth of December, published by Penguin Random House.
Sean Pravica is a Californian writer and the author of Hold Still Fast, a collection of stories 50 words and under, and Stumbling Out the Stable, a novel.
Patrick Roche is a queer poet, mental health advocate, and Carly Rae Jepsen enthusiast from New Jersey.
George Saunders is the author of 11 books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction in English.
Micro is edited and curated by Dylan Evers and produced and hosted by Drew Hawkins. Theme song is by Matt Ordes. Follow the show on Twitter at @podcastmicro.