Critics

Episode 466 – Gil Roth and Aaron Finkelstein

Virtual Memories Show 466: Gil Roth and Aaron Finkelstein “Once you start stripping away the things you were using to distract yourself, and you’re stuck with what’s left, you see what really matters & what you reinvent to start distracting yourself again.” Our final guest of the year is . . . me! I invited…

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Episode 462 – Edward Sorel

Virtual Memories Show 462: Ed Sorel “My wife convinced me that when someone compliments your work, you say, ‘Thank you,’ and don’t explain to them why the drawing is actually lousy.” Legendary artist, illustrator, cartoonist, & author Ed Sorel joins the show to celebrate the publication of his memoir, Profusely Illustrated (Knopf). We get into…

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Episode 461 – Matt Madden

Virtual Memories Show 461: Matt Madden “One of the things I love and value about comics is the plasticity of it and the elasticity of visual representation.” With his new book, Ex Libris (Uncivilized Books), cartoonist Matt Madden takes readers on a post-modern, formalist dive into comics. We talk about the challenge of tinkering with…

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Episode 460 – Rutu Modan

Virtual Memories Show 460: Rutu Modan “I don’t feel that I finished everything I want to say with comics. I feel like comics are my way to express myself and tell my stories.” With TUNNELS (Drawn & Quarterly, tr. Ishai Mishory), Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan has created a fantastic, thoughtful, wonderful, hilarious, complex, cinematic thrill-ride…

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Episode 459 – Tess Lewis and Alta Price

Virtual Memories Show 459: Tess Lewis & Alta L. Price “‘Turn And Face The Strange’ is a pretty ideal theme not just for the era we’re living, but the particular books we chose for the festival.” They were among the last people I recorded with before lockdown, and now translators Tess Lewis and Alta L….

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Episode 458 – Robert Emmet Meagher

Virtual Memories Show 458: Robert Emmet Meagher “As I grew as a thinker, as a scholar, as a teacher, I took Camus with me, and my appreciation of him grew as I did.” With Albert Camus and the Human Crisis (Pegasus Books), professor Robert Emmet Meagher distills a half-century of reading and teaching Camus’ work…

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Episode 457 – Dash Shaw

Virtual Memories Show 457: Dash Shaw “With all of the things that I do, the form and the content have to feel like they’re perfectly synced, that they’re each boosting each other up. It also has to be connected with how they’re made.” Cartoonist and animator Dash Shaw joins the show to celebrate his new…

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Episode 456 – Zoe Beloff

Virtual Memories Show 456: Zoe Beloff “I’m a story scavenger. I’m not like a novelist who comes out with stories from scratch. I find stories, whether of real people, or just a scrap of film or old postcards. They’ll tell you stories. I think of myself as a voice through with people speak. They’re my…

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Episode 455 – Charles Bivona

Virtual Memories Show 455: Charles Bivona Writer, poet, professor, editor and old friend Charles Bivona returns to the show for a wide-ranging conversation about art, depression, anxiety, midlife health crises (his diabetes, my CLL), Buddhism, Vietnam & contagious trauma, writing his autobiography on Patreon, and more. Our 20+ years of friendship yield an intriguing conversation…

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Episode 454 – Anne Cattaneo

Virtual Memories Show 454: Anne Cattaneo “Most people want to be on the stage, but I don’t.” Lincoln Center Theater‘s dramaturg Anne Cattaneo joins the show to celebrate her new book, The Art of Dramaturgy (Yale University Press). We answer the pivotal question, “What does a dramaturg DO, exactly?” and explore the tradition of dramaturgy…

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Episode 453 – Nadine Sergejeff

Virtual Memories Show 453: Nadine Sergejeff “What you see when you enter the Philip Roth Personal Library are about three-thousand, seven hundred and twenty books* that have marginalia, are presentation copies, or are otherwise special.” [* Librarians are very exact] It’s part 2 of a 2-part show about the new Philip Roth Personal Library at…

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Episode 452 – Rosemary Steinbaum

Virtual Memories Show 452: Rosemary Steinbaum “His reading and his writing are intertwined. That’s the main theme of the Philip Roth Personal Library: a writer at work reading and a reader at work writing.” It’s part 1 of a 2-part show about the new Philip Roth Personal Library at the Newark Public Library! This week,…

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