Maybe you’ve read George Saunders absurdist stories in The New Yorker—Saunders regularly contributes there carrying the post-modern torch passed off to him by the likes of Donald Barthelme and Leonard Michaels—or maybe you only vaguely recognize his name from a crumbled Chipotle bag.
Either way, Saunders is one of 25 writers who contributed to The New York Times Magazine feature “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” for which he wrote an essay examining Wilco’s “One Sunday Morning.”
Saunders refers to the song as “Wilco’s 12-minute opus” and talks about the healing quality it has on him. Other songs covered in the roundup include ‘06” by Vince Staples, “Blue Boy” by Mac DeMarco, “I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same” by Sun Kil Moon, “The Blacker the Berry” by Kendrick Lamar, “Consideration” by Rihanna and more. Worth mentioning is the fact that only three of the 25 songs are performed by women.