Month: August 2020

Episode 393 – Betsy Bonner

Virtual Memories Show 393: Betsy Bonner With her new memoir The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing (Tin House), author Betsy Bonner explores her sister’s mysterious death by overdose in a Tijuana hotel. We talk about how she knew she was ready to write this story, what it was like…

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Episode 392 – David Mikics

Virtual Memories Show 392: David Mikics “The thing about Kubrick is that the more you see the movies — they’re tantalizing, they entice you to come back to them again and again — the more you come back, the more you see.” With his new book, Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Yale University Press), David Mikics…

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Episode 391 – Christopher Brown

Virtual Memories Show 391: Christopher Brown “Utopia is not a place; it’s a decision. It’s a decision to try to live a better life, to craft a more wholesome community.” Can there be economic justice without environmental justice? With his new novel, FAILED STATE (Harper Voyager), Christopher Brown returns to the alternate America of Tropic…

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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 389 – Woodrow Phoenix

Virtual Memories Show 389: Woodrow Phoenix Who’s driving whom? With Crash Course (Street Noise Books), British cartoonist, artist and designer Woodrow Phoenix examines what cars do to us: physically, mentally, and environmentally. We talk about the evolution of Crash Course, the stint in LA that inspired it, the visual and design choices that make it…

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Episode 388 – Margot Mifflin

Virtual Memories Show 388: Margot Mifflin “It’s especially odd for Miss AMERICA to have a crown, because if it’s a pageant that represents America and American values, then the symbolism is off, and has been for a long time.” With her new book, Looking for Miss America: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood (Counterpoint),…

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