Review of George Saunders’ CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

This certainly wasn’t one of my best or most articulate vlogs, but I attempt to express what I liked about George Saunders’ CivilWarLand in Bad Decline without giving away the endings to all of the stories contained therein. I also try to encourage watchers and readers alike to go out and pick up a copy of the book. It’s not much of a review, considering I spent most of the video not thinking enough about what I was saying and worrying too much about the flatness of my half-wet hair. But I figured I hadn’t posted one of these in a while, so why not?

When Lee McQueen, the founder of the Alexander McQueen clothing company, was found hung in his closet February 11th, fashion lovers everywhere mourned the death of not only a man, but a genius designer. The McQueen brand is well-known for creating innovative show-stopping clothing that are so finely made they could be called art. The outfits often appealed to celebrities who had a taste for the dramatic and avant-garde, such as Lady GaGa and Bjork. The question on everyone’s mind after McQueen’s death was “How is the company going to go on without Lee’s mind behind it?” Well this link shows fashion shots of the newest McQueen collection, the first designed without Lee overseeing the line. Personally, I think the pieces are beautiful. I love outfit numbers 9, 10, 14, and 15.

Between Angels by Stephen Dunn
This collection of poetry is a must-read!
Stephen  Dunn is well-acquainted with the inner workings of both himself and  others. As you’re reading, you find yourself continually saying “I know  exactly what he means” or “Wow, I’ve had moments just like this.” Dunn  touches heavily upon feelings of isolation, especially in the context of  the modern world, and the fleeting nature of happiness. He takes these  thoughts we have daily involving the agonies of life, the beauties of  life, the in-betweens, and places them into a short, sweet package.
The  simplicity of his language fascinates me, because he still manages to  express himself eloquently and convey his ideas without too much fluff.  Perhaps it is this straightforwardness that makes his poetry have so  much impact.
I particularly enjoyed the poems “The Guardian  Angel,” “Sweetness,” “Between Angels,” “To a Terrorist,” “Urgencies,” and  so many others. It’s difficult to pick favorites. They are all pretty  excellent.

Between Angels by Stephen Dunn

This collection of poetry is a must-read!

Stephen Dunn is well-acquainted with the inner workings of both himself and others. As you’re reading, you find yourself continually saying “I know exactly what he means” or “Wow, I’ve had moments just like this.” Dunn touches heavily upon feelings of isolation, especially in the context of the modern world, and the fleeting nature of happiness. He takes these thoughts we have daily involving the agonies of life, the beauties of life, the in-betweens, and places them into a short, sweet package.

The simplicity of his language fascinates me, because he still manages to express himself eloquently and convey his ideas without too much fluff. Perhaps it is this straightforwardness that makes his poetry have so much impact.

I particularly enjoyed the poems “The Guardian Angel,” “Sweetness,” “Between Angels,” “To a Terrorist,” “Urgencies,” and so many others. It’s difficult to pick favorites. They are all pretty excellent.