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SAL/on air is a literary podcast featuring the best author talks from over thirty-five years of Seattle Arts & Lectures’ programming.

Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, whose award-winning novels have been described as “witty, intelligent and passionate” by the Independent, and as possessing “shrewd and playful humor, luscious sexiness and kinetic pizzazz” by the Chicago Tribune. At the time of her visit, Ozeki had written three novels, most recently A Tale for Time-Being (2013), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In this episode, we hear from Ozeki, who joined us in November 2014 at Town Hall Seattle for a self-reflective, humorous talk about the writer’s relationship with time, and the ways in which we can learn to cultivate patience and find time to become better writers and better human beings. How did Ozeki’s time in a “neo-Luddite enclave” help her redefine her relationship with technology and birth her most successful novel? How do ideas from the 13th century priest, Dogen Zenji, remain relevant in our lives today? Listen and find out why Ozeki believes that “practicing patience is the most deeply subversive thing you can do.”

Season One
Air Date: May 2, 2018
Audio from lecture: Ruth Ozeki
Recorded November 20, 2014
at Town Hall Seattle—The Great Hall

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