Essayists

Episode 394 – Henri Cole

Virtual Memories Show 394: Henri Cole “My poems are a kind of transcript of life as it is lived.” Poet Henri Cole joins the show to celebrate his brand-new collection, Blizzard: Poems (FSG). We get into his evolution as a poet over the 10 volumes he’s published to date, the transformative year he spent in…

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Episode 390 – Kurt Andersen

Virtual Memories Show 390: Kurt Andersen “Almost all of the things that I say the evil geniuses did — discredit the idea of government, discredit the idea of progress, disbelieve science, make short-term profits and stock prices the lodestar of American society — all of that we see in how this administration and the right…

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Episode 387 – Benjamin Taylor

Virtual Memories Show 387: Benjamin Taylor “I had a reverent feeling about the writers of that generation. They were little children in the Great Depression, and they saw fear in their parents’ eyes, and it made workhorses of them.” Author, editor & memoirist Benjamin Taylor joins the show to talk about his wonderful new memoir,…

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Episode 381 – Zena Hitz

Virtual Memories Show 381: Zena Hitz “The forms of learning for its own sake that happen in ordinary life are more fundamental than the professional versions.” Author & St. John’s College tutor Zena Hitz joins the show to talk about her wonderful new book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Princeton…

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Episode 375 – Arthur Hoyle

Virtual Memories Show 375: Arthur Hoyle “What really was hammered home by the stories in my book was the persistence of injustice in our society, the ongoing struggle make this country live up to its ideals.” Author Arthur Hoyle joins the show to talk about his new book, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the…

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Episode 367 – Whitney Matheson

Virtual Memories Show 367: Whitney Matheson “Music, film, TV, books: those are the things that tell you when you’re a kid that there’s a world out there.” It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine! A few weeks before the COVID-19 lockdowns began, pop culture writer and REM maniac…

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Episode 364 – Stoya

Virtual Memories Show 364: Stoya “Coming from porn you deal with a small slice of human emotion: lust, arousal, maybe some basic things. It’s a lot like sketch comedy: it runs on stereotypes and tropes.” Writer, actress and adult performer & producer Stoya joins the show to talk about her upcoming NYC theater appearance in…

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Episode 359 – Joan Marans Dim and Antonio Masi

Virtual Memories Show 359: Joan Marans Dim & Antonio Masi “Immigration is the central meaning and purpose of the Statue of Liberty.” In a time where immigration is under attack, Joan Marans Dim and Antonio Masi demonstrate the history and importance of immigration in America with Lady Liberty: An Illustrated History of America’s Most Storied…

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Episode 358 – Daniel Mendelsohn

Virtual Memories Show 358: Daniel Mendelsohn “Achilles is a hero who is mesmerizing without being penetrable, whereas Odysseus I think I understand (perhaps hubristic to say that).” His wondrous new collection, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (NYRB), brings a dizzying array of Daniel Mendelsohn‘s critical-essayistic-memoir pieces together. We sat down…

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Episode 355 – The Guest List 2019

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2019 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2019’s pod-guests and asked them about the favorite book(s) they read in the past year, as well as the books or authors they’re hoping to read in 2020! More than two dozen…

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Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service – Dec. 14, 2019

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service, Dec. 14, 2019 “I had an amazing life, and my love for my family is unsurpassed, followed nearly as much as the love for my closest friends. Be kind to yourselves, and live in laughter as much as possible. I love you. Thanks for everything.” This special episode…

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Episode 347 – Kevin Huizenga

Virtual Memories Show 347: Kevin Huizenga “I have a split in my writing life. Part of my brain plans everything out, but I know enough now not to listen to that too much, and that I should be more open to improvising.” Cartoonist Kevin Huizenga joins the show to talk about his new graphic novel,…

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