Month: September 2019

Episode 341 – Chris Ware

Virtual Memories Show 341: Chris Ware “Something in comics allows the concretization of the weird shifting and changing of our memories and senses of selves. It comes out organically in the drawing of a story.” With the publication of part 1 of Rusty Brown (Pantheon), Chris Ware joins the show to talk about how he…

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Episode 340 – Sylvia Nickerson

Virtual Memories Show 340: Sylvia Nickerson “You go along in the world and you experience a lot of people, but how deeply do you experience them, or know them, or connect with them?” With Creation (Drawn & Quarterly), Sylvia Nickerson explores the decay and renewal of the Rust Belt city of Hamilton, Ontario, tying the…

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Episode 339 – Simon Critchley

Virtual Memories Show 339: Simon Critchley “What are the plays telling us that philosophy is not telling us, and that we need to attend to?” In his amazing new book, Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us (Pantheon), Simon Critchley explores how Ancient Greek tragedy captures the eternal crises and tensions of human life, and how philosophy…

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Episode 338 – Simon Doonan

Virtual Memories Show 338: Simon Doonan “Drag has been the wallpaper in my life forever.” Author, fashionista, creative ambassador, and recovering window-dresser Simon Doonan takes us on a guided tour of gender non-conformity with his latest book, Drag: The Complete Story (Laurence King)! Simon & I talked through his personal history with drag, how drag…

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Episode 337 – Amor Towles

Virtual Memories Show 337: Amor Towles “In the back of my mind I knew that if I didn’t write a book that I felt proud of by the time I was 50, I’d probably end up bitter in my old age.” After a 20-year sojourn in the investment world, Amor Towles returned to his first…

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Episode 336 – Dawn Raffel

Virtual Memories Show 336: Dawn Raffel “I think Couney understood that no one else was going to save these children if he didn’t.” Baby incubators and boardwalk sideshows: not exactly a natural fit nowadays, but once upon a time, the best way to save premature babies in America was to bring them to Dr. Couney’s…

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Episode 335 – David Shields

Virtual Memories Show 335: David Shields returns! “What the movie tries to do is shut up and listen to Marshawn Lynch’s silence.” He’s just here so he won’t get fined: David Shields joined the show earlier this year to talk about his book-length essay, The Trouble With Men. Now he’s back to talk about his…

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