Season 3, Episode 12
Jonathan Lethem + Tift Merritt

Bestselling author Jonathan Lethem returns for another episode, reading from his novel The Arrest. Jonathan describes the novel as a “dystopian pastoral," about a small farming community coping with the worldwide collapse of technology. Jonathan also speaks about his long history of writing lyrics for bands including They Might Be Giants and the Silos.

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Photo by Leonardo Cendamo

Songwriter Tift Merritt talks about parenting in the pandemic, and performs a song called “Asylum in a Mad, Mad World.” The song was written in response to Jonathan's novel, but also reflecting the history of a former asylum in her hometown.

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Photo by Alexandra Valenti

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