Academia

Episode 410 – Phillip Lopate

Virtual Memories Show 410: Phillip Lopate “This book is like a tracing of American history through the essay. The essay is way to process ideas. All these problems we face in America I came to realize we had cycled through again and again: immigration, racism, sexism, disabilities. All of these questions of inclusion and exclusion…

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Episode 408 – Celia Paul

Virtual Memories Show 408: Celia Paul “I’ve got rid of paintings I was very pleased with but which I knew needed to go deeper. It’s an extremely painful process; I’ve been kept awake at night, driving myself insane with remembering what I’ve lost. Images that I’ve painted over remorselessly come back to haunt me.” With…

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Episode 407 – Virginia Postrel

Virtual Memories Show 407: Virginia Postrel “The history of textiles engages with the history of technology and science in interesting ways; it engages with economics and culture similarly.” Journalist and scholar Virginia Postrel rejoins the show to celebrate her brand-new book, The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made The World (Basic Books). We get into…

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Episode 406 – David Shields

Virtual Memories Show 406: David Shields “So much of American history has been a fairy-tale children’s history, and so much of Trump’s dealing with COVID was a Norman Vincent Peale ‘think positively and it’ll all go away.’ So much of the connection is an absence of reality hunger, not to name-check my own work.” In…

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Episode 405 – Jeff Trexler

Virtual Memories Show 405: Jeff Trexler “When you think about what law has meant to comics, it isn’t just about censorship. A lot of it is about access, about personal freedom. People want to be able to express themselves, and they want their work to be out there for other people to read.” Lawyer, ethics…

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Episode 404 – Michael Shaw

Virtual Memories Show 404: Michael Shaw “The Elements of Stress is the perfect gift for the person who HAD everything.” Got the election / pandemic / climate change / midlife / inexplicable rash blues? Then listen to me and cartoonist & humorist Michael Shaw talk about his new book, The Elements of Stress and the…

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Episode 402 – Darryl Pinckney

Virtual Memories Show 402: Darryl Pinckney “The vote has to be rethought in our American hearts as a radical act, because so many people don’t want you to vote. We have to think about the vote as the center of American culture and American purpose, that cuts across lines of identity that people have drawn…

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Episode 401 – John Keene

Virtual Memories Show 401: John Keene “How do we think about the past in this country? What tends to be erased? Once we start to dig deeper into a story, we don’t wind up just in one rabbit-hole, but a warren of sorts.” Author, translator, professor and MacArthur Fellow John Keene joins the show to…

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Episode 399 – Sheila Williams

Virtual Memories Show 399: Sheila Williams With her new fantastic short story anthology, Entanglements: Tomorrow’s Lovers, Families, and Friends (MIT Press), editor Sheila Williams brings together a panoply of voices to explore how technology and scientific advances have on the deepest human relationships. We talk about Sheila’s nearly 40 years editing science fiction stories at…

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Episode 397 – Daniel Mendelsohn

Virtual Memories Show 397: Daniel Mendelsohn “Each of my four books is secretly exploring a genre: lyric, epic, novel, and I’m not even sure what this one is, but I wrote it entirely to please myself.” With Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (UVA Press), Daniel Mendelsohn has written one of my…

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Episode 395 – Derf Backderf

Virtual Memories Show 395: Derf Backderf “There have been a lot of stories written about Kent State, but I was going to tell it through the eyes and the experiences of the four people we lost that day.” With Kent State: Four Dead In Ohio (Abrams ComicArts), Derf Backderf not only creates a graphic history…

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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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