Death & Dying

Episode 386 – Judy Gold

Virtual Memories Show 386:Judy Gold “Don’t tell me what I’m allowed to talk about. There’s no growth without discourse. When you start shutting people up, that’s the end of evolution.” Comedian, actress and Emmy-winning TV writer Judy Gold joins the show to celebrate her brand new book, Yes, I CAN Say That: When They Come…

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Episode 383 – Everett Glenn

Virtual Memories Show 383: Everett Glenn “My motivation? Kinda cookie-cutter: Desperate person doesn’t want to die of alcoholism, writes instead. That’s the blurb.” Artist, cartoonist, and clotheshorse Everett Glenn joins the show from Berlin to talk about how narrating his life as a story helped him make (some) sense of his fragmented, chaotic upbringing (he…

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Episode 373 – Kathe Koja

Virtual Memories Show 373: Kathe Koja “Chaos is its own engine.” Writer, performer, director and producer Kathe Koja rejoins the show to talk about her new story collection, VELOCITIES (Meerkat Press). We talk how she’s coping with the pandemic, the importance of having a good working relationship with chaos, and why Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker…

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Episode 372 – Tom Hart

Virtual Memories Show 372: Tom Hart “For my next book, I’m looking for a new form. Everything feels like the old form. I’m giving myself that luxury. I don’t owe this to anybody but my own creative satisfaction.” Cartoonist and educator Tom Hart joins the show to talk about how the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW)…

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Episode 366 – Sato Moughalian

Virtual Memories Show 366: Sato Moughalian “I’m not a historian. I’m a musician who’s obsessed by cultural history, and environment, and filling in gaps.” The phenomenal new book, Feast of Ashes: The Life and Art of David Ohannessian (SUP/Redwood Press), traces the history of an Armenian family from the mountainous woods of Anatolia to suburban…

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COVID-19 Bonus Mini-Episode

Virtual Memories Show: COVID-19 Bonus Mini-Episode “I’m not one to rely on outside aids, but this time I felt like that jungle rat William Burroughs mentions in Naked Lunch, just responding to a hopeless situation by dropping dead on the spot.” No conversation this time. Instead it’s me rambling on about the effects & fallout…

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Episode 360 – Otto Penzler

Virtual Memories Show 360: Otto Penzler “Writing is hard. I’d rather do yard work than write. But this memoir was the least onerous writing I’ve done.” The great publisher, editor, anthologizer, retailer and collector of crime fiction, Otto Penzler, joins the show to talk about his wonderful new book, Mysterious Obsession: Memoirs of a Compulsive…

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Episode 358 – Daniel Mendelsohn

Virtual Memories Show 358: Daniel Mendelsohn “Achilles is a hero who is mesmerizing without being penetrable, whereas Odysseus I think I understand (perhaps hubristic to say that).” His wondrous new collection, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (NYRB), brings a dizzying array of Daniel Mendelsohn‘s critical-essayistic-memoir pieces together. We sat down…

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Episode 355 – The Guest List 2019

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2019 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2019’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 2020! More than two dozen…

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Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service – Dec. 14, 2019

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Memorial Service, Dec. 14, 2019 “I had an amazing life, and my love for my family is unsurpassed, followed nearly as much as the love for my closest friends. Be kind to yourselves, and live in laughter as much as possible. I love you. Thanks for everything.” This special episode…

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Tom Spurgeon Birthday Memorial Episode

Virtual Memories Show: Tom Spurgeon Birthday Memorial Episode “The thing about Tom was, he wasn’t necessarily interested in everything you were interested in, but he was interested in learning about WHY you were interested in it. That sort of curiosity is rare, and it’s part of what made him a special person.” Today (Dec. 16)…

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Clive James Bonus Episode

Virtual Memories Show: Clive James Bonus Episode “Culture makes the world tolerable. It makes it possible to live in a world that would drive you mad if you saw it in an uninterpreted way.” “I should have led a more balanced life, but that’s easy to say at the end of things. When you’re caught…

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