Video: Michael Chabon on The Role of Fiction in These Political Times

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On November 21, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon joined The Leonard Lopate Book Club to discuss his career in fiction, and the real-life family events that inspired his latest novel, Moonglow. He also took the time to speak with us about his fascination with WWII, the current state of politics, and the role of fiction in political life. On that final point, Chabon says:

I mostly turn to fiction to feel that I'm getting outside of the prison of my own skull, of my own consciousness, and I'm being given the opportunity... to live someone else's life. To know what it would be like to be somebody else. And actually, to me that exercise - the exercise of the imagination, to put yourself in someone else's shoes, to see the world through someone else's eyes, someone potentially very different from you...  that's the fundamental thing that we ought to be trying to do in our political lives as well.

Watch the full video above, and listen to Leonard's on-air interview with Michael Chabon here.