1999 New Yorker photo from a piece on the 20 best writers under 40. George Saunders had this up on his office wall for years. Featuring, from left to right: Junot Díaz, Rick Moody, Edwidge Danticat, David Foster Wallace, George Saunders and Jeff Eugenides.
« He [Kerouac] was an athletic prose writer and he was tremendously honest. He gave himself to his art and I think he was one of the great prose writers in America. Perhaps in America, itself, the single greatest in the twentieth century. His breakthrough to a realization of spontaneous mind and the enormous inventive perceptive capacity of raw mind—“first thought is best thought-is something so noble that only a few great Buddhist poets have achieved that.» - Allen Ginsberg (x)