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Mining the Freak: J. Robert Lennon’s ‘Subdivision’ and ‘Let Me Think’

J. Robert Lennon next topictures of his books 'Subdivision' and 'Let Me Think'
J. Robert Lennon

This week on The Write Question, Lauren chats with J. Robert Lennon about peculiarity—in his new novel, Subdivision, his new collection of short stories, Let Me Think, and in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks—and encouraging student writers to find the peculiarities in their own experiences, to mine their inner freak.

About John:J. Robert Lennon is the author of nine novels, including FamiliarBroken River, and Subdivision, and the story collections Pieces for the Left HandSee You in Paradise, and Let Me Think. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

J. Robert Lennon recommends:

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage Books)

Duplex by Kathryn Davis (Graywolf Press)

The Locals by Jonathan Dee (Penguin Random House)

Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Cardinal and Other Stories by Alex Higley (Tailwinds Press)

Later by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)

Lauren Korn recommends:

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage Books)

Pastoralia: Stories and a Novella by George Saunders (Riverhead Books)

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

Lanny by Max Porter (Graywolf Press)

The Remainder by Tom McCarthy (Vintage Books)

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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