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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 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 381 – Zena Hitz

Virtual Memories Show 381: Zena Hitz “The forms of learning for its own sake that happen in ordinary life are more fundamental than the professional versions.” Author & St. John’s College tutor Zena Hitz joins the show to talk about her wonderful new book, Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life (Princeton…

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Episode 333 – Gil Roth

Virtual Memories Show 333: Gil Roth AMA Because of a last-minute guest cancellation, I had no show lined up for this week! Rather than take a second week off this summer, I decided it was time for another Gil Roth AMA episode, since the last one was almost 5 years ago. Thirty-two past and upcoming…

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Episode 197 – The Guest List 2016

Virtual Memories Show #197: The Guest List 2016 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2016’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 2017! More than 30 responded…

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Episode 195 – Thanksgiving 2016

For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to eschew the regular interview-based podcast and ask all of my past guests what they’re thankful for. Since it’s a mere couple of weeks from the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, responses were all over the spectrum. Listen to the show via MP3 download or on iTunes! Here’s everyone who…

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Episode 173 – Christopher Nelson

Virtual Memories Show #173: Christopher Nelson “If virtue can be taught, it’s only by learning to ask the types of questions that make you a thoughtful person.” My two-year term at St. John’s College’s Graduate Institute was the most important part of my life. During my recent trip back to Annapolis, I sat down with…

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Episode 151 – Harold Bloom

Virtual Memories Show #151: Harold Bloom I visited Harold Bloom in New Haven and we recorded a podcast. He recited poetry, and we talked about his new book, The Daemon Knows, the weight of age, the intifada of the young, and the epigraphs of his life. You should give it a listen! Here’s some of…

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Podcast – The Hollow Man (#100)

Virtual Memories Show: The Hollow Man It’s the ONE-HUNDREDTH EPISODE of The Virtual Memories Show! And they said it would never last! To celebrate hitting the century mark, I asked past guests, upcoming guests and friends of the show to interview me this time around! This special episode includes questions and recorded segments with Maria Alexander, Ashton Applewhite,…

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Peter Kalkavage – From Billiards to Bach

Season 4 Episode 24 Peter Kalkavage – From Billiards to Bach “No one can be deeply affected by this course of study and not want to go beyond it. It gets you excited about ideas, questions and authors. To read one author is to lead you to another.” How does a man go from being…

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