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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 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 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 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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Episode 450 – Robert McCrum

Virtual Memories Show 450: Robert McCrum “People should be free to do Shakespeare anyway they like: in 5 minutes, 5 seconds, 5 days, 5 hours, underwater, in a desert, on a mountain. It’ll always work; he’s indestructible, in that sense.” With his new book, Shakespearean: On Life and Language in Times of Disruption (Pegasus Books),…

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Episode 447 – Peter Schjeldahl

Virtual Memories Show 447: Peter Schjeldahl “My job is to give people something to read that is enjoyable and in some other way perhaps worth reading. It’s almost not about the art; it’s about the concentration, the absorption.” I traveled up to the Catskills this weekend for a round of Rip Van Winkle-themed putt-putt golf,…

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Episode 446 – Heywood Gould

Virtual Memories Show 446: Heywood Gould With his compulsively entertaining new book, Drafted: A Memoir of the ’60s (Tolmitch Press), author, screenwriter, and director Heywood Gould takes his reader on a rollicking tour of New York City in America’s most turbulent decade as he explores his draft-dodging days in the buildup of the Vietnam war….

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Episode 445 – Heather Cass White

Virtual Memories Show 445: Heather Cass White “I’m sure that my obsessive focus on reading, as much as it is anything else, is a sign of a wound, or a lack.” Author & professor Heather Cass White joins the show to celebrate her wonderful new book. Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life…

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