Episode 74 — Jim Lynch


Jim Lynch is today’s guest.  He’s the author of three novels, the most recent of which is Truth Like the Sun, now available from Knopf.  It was the May selection for the TNB Book Club.

Janet Maslin of the New York Times raves:

Enveloping and propulsive….Lynch’s twosome, a 30-ish newspaper reporter and the much older bon vivant who is known unofficially as “Mr. Seattle” are such fine creations that they can’t be reduced thumbnail descriptions….There is much marveling to be done as Truth Like the Sun unfolds.  Lynch captures the excitement of a fair that proudly showed off the world of tomorrow but inadvertently revealed more than it should have.

Great to have Jim on the program.

Topics of conversation include:  journalism, Alaska, politics, Washington, Tom Foley, nonfiction vs. fiction, persistence, failure, resilience, discipline, Tom Robbins, Ken Kesey, Washington, pacing, intensity, frugality, momentum, access, detachment, buying elections, groups, group-think, investigative journalism, lone wolfism, the internet bubble, The Highest Tide, Olympia, sailing, World’s Fair, Seattle, Microsoft, outlines, time, marination, stock options, Where the Red Fern Grows, oral tradition, Wilson Rawls, and getting unplugged.

Monologue topics:  fascinating, bleak, The Map and the Territory, Michel Houellebecq, and pity-spooning.