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“The 400 Pound CEO”

George Saunders


I have a sense that God is unfair and preferentially punishes his weak, his dumb, his fat, his lazy. I believe he takes more pleasure in his perfect creatures, and cheers them on like a brainless dad as they run roughshod over the rest of us. He gives us a need for love, and no way to get any.

We read it in CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.

Originally published in Harper's, Feb 1993.