Death & Dying

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 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 456 – Zoe Beloff

Virtual Memories Show 456: Zoe Beloff “I’m a story scavenger. I’m not like a novelist who comes out with stories from scratch. I find stories, whether of real people, or just a scrap of film or old postcards. They’ll tell you stories. I think of myself as a voice through with people speak. They’re my…

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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 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 451 – Jacques Berlinerblau

Virtual Memories Show 451: Jacques Berlinerblau “I think what’s different about Roth is the wink and the nod and the game; he’s signaling to us in his fiction that he’s writing about events and people that are very close to him, and yet repeatedly denied doing so. No one else engaged in that gamesmanship with…

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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 448 – Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

Virtual Memories Show 448: Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn “The cultivation of the inner life is a way of looking at the self as though the inner sanctum isn’t a lonely, isolating chamber of echoes, but can be transformed into a rich inner garden.” With Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts…

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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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