Gutkind sees Jerusalem through a writer’s eyes


In the following podcast, author Lee Gutkind, whose most recent book is “Almost Human: Making Robots Think,” speaks with JTA Israel correspondent Dina Kraft about seeing Jerusalem through a writer’s eyes.

Gutkind, who has been dubbed “the godfather of creative non-fiction” by Vanity Fair, has performed as a clown for Ringling Brothers, scrubbed in with heart transplant surgeons, traveled with a crew of baseball umpires, and seen the U.S. on a motorcycle — all as research for his more than a dozen books, and numerous profiles and essays.

In Jerusalem, he says, “there are stories everywhere.” He was in Israel this month to teach a writing seminar hosted by Bar-Ilan University’s Shaindy Rudoff graduate program in creative writing.

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