Working: Novelist Jonathan Lethem Likes to Be Surprised by His Own Stories

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This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist Jonathan Lethem about daily writing rituals, teaching writing, and the process behind Jonathan’s latest novel, The Arrest, which imagines a world where most advanced technology stops working.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss the improvisational way that Jonathan plots out his novels.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jonathan talks about how he managed to find time to write when he was a young aspiring novelist working full-time jobs that didn’t involve writing. He also talks about a recent piece of Zoom theater that he loved.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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