Comics

Episode 415 – Jerome Charyn

Virtual Memories Show 415: Jerome Charyn “Any great work is a shove to the incomprehensible, but it’s JUST on our side instead of the other side. You have to take tremendous risks in order to find your language.” With his amazing new novel, Sergeant Salinger (Bellevue Literary Press), Jerome Charyn evokes and explores J.D. Salinger’s…

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Episode 412 – The Guest List

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2020 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2020’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 2021! Thirty guests responded with…

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Episode 409 – Rian Hughes

Virtual Memories Show 409: Rian Hughes “In graphic design, if you define the problem clearly, the solution is almost immediately apparent. And if you can’t find a solution, it’s likely because you haven’t defined the problem well.” With his amazing new book XX (Overlook Press), Rian Hughes gets to add “novelist” to his titles of…

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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 403 – Merrill Markoe

Virtual Memories Show 403: Merrill Markoe (+ Emily Flake) “What you find when you look at your old writings is that you’re a completely different person until you’re about 13 or 14.” Comedy legend Merrill Markoe returns to the show to celebrate her new graphic memoir, We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe…

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Episode 398 – R Sikoryak

Virtual Memories Show 398: R. Sikoryak “I really wanted to make a book where anyone could pick it up and say, ‘That’s something I know!’, whether it’s something from a bumper sticker or a comic that they avidly read.” Cartoonist R. Sikoryak rejoins the show to talk about his new book, Constitution Illustrated (Drawn &…

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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 396 – Keith Knight

Virtual Memories Show 396: Keith Knight “There have been plenty of woke moments throughout my life, but the police incident in San Francisco made me double and triple down the work I did about it.” To celebrate the launch of WOKE, his fantastic new comedy series on Hulu, Keith Knight rejoins the show! A lot…

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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 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 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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