"There’s something wonderful about the spontaneity of social media, but I
think at this point it’s becoming 100% toxic for people to be firing
off the top of their brains. One of the things [my new] book
says is that the deeper parts of our brain are actually more empathic.
If you revise something 20 times, for a mysterious reason, it becomes
more social, empathic and compassionate. With Chekhov, you feel he’s always saying: “Well, what else?”, “Is there
anything else I should know?”, or “Maybe I’m wrong.” And all of that
seems to be designed to foster love, or at least some kind of relation
to the other that’s got possibility. So I’m not a fan of social media.
I’m not on it. And I won’t be, because I think it’s killing us,
actually. I really do."
Read the rest of what Saunders has to say in The Guardian.
And you can pre-order his new book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, from Mac's Backs.