Literature

Maya Stein – The Stars Have Anemia

Season 4 episode 10 The Stars Have Anemia “There’s a sort of romance in riding a bicycle across the country. It’s something that some people would fantasize about, and when they saw me ride into their town, it brought them back to their own dreams, their own wishes about what they wanted to fill their…

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Nathan Fox & Sheila Keenan – Semper Fido

Season 4 episode 9 Semper Fido “We move through a human-centric world as if that is reality, but we’re surrounded by other species, and their species is centric to their world. I’m interested in how that works, not in humanizing other animals.” In honor of K-9 Veterans Day, our guests are Sheila Keenan and Nathan…

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Bruce Jay Friedman – The Slippery Animal

Season 4 episode 8 The Slippery Animal “I’m always in the middle of a struggle with a short story. You’d think I’d have the hang of it by now. It’s a slippery animal.” Literary legend Bruce Jay Friedman joins the Virtual Memories Show for a fun conversation about his literary career, which encompasses six decades…

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Bean Gilsdorf – The Realm of the Possible

Season 4 episode 6 The Realm of the Possible “Being an artist and talking about being an artist is a lot about trying to suss out your audience: how much do they know about art, how much do they care, is a casual question, or are they deeply invested in the answer?” How did Bean Gilsdorf go…

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Josh Alan Friedman – Crackers & Bagels

Season 4 episode 4 Crackers and Bagels “Among the many things that writing does, it gives you the chance for revenge, clarification; there are a lot of basic human emotions that you can address by being able to write about them.” Josh Alan Friedman, author of Black Cracker, is the third Friedman brother I’ve interviewed,…

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Rachel Hadas – The Consolation of Poetry

Season 4 episode 3 The Consolation of Poetry “Poetry chose me at an early age. I think it was connected to the fact that poetry is emotional, pretty, and short.” Rachel Hadas, author of Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia and Poetry (Paul Dry Books), lost her husband to early onset dementia. We talk about…

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Emily Raboteau – A Place To Rest

Season 4 episode 2 A Place To Rest “We reach for stories to be able to take risks.” Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora (Atlantic Monthly Press), joins the Virtual Memories Show to show to talk about the many notions of “home” for black people. Along the…

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