Stefan Zweig

Episode 418 – Sven Birkerts

Virtual Memories Show 418: Sven Birkerts “Rather than try to think of a book to write about, why don’t I try to think about where I am in the world, in my life, and my preoccupations, and see if an author announces him- or herself?” Is it unhip to search for a meaningful pattern in…

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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 392 – David Mikics

Virtual Memories Show 392: David Mikics “The thing about Kubrick is that the more you see the movies — they’re tantalizing, they entice you to come back to them again and again — the more you come back, the more you see.” With his new book, Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Yale University Press), David Mikics…

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Episode 368 – Tess Lewis

Virtual Memories Show 368: Tess Lewis “Oblivion works its way through the world.” Translator Tess Lewis joins the show to talk about co-curating the 2020 (now 2021) edition of Festival Neue Literatur, why editing a bad translation is much tougher than just translating it yourself, the book she’s proudest of translating (Maja Haderlap’s Angel of…

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Episode 297 – Shachar Pinsker

Virtual Memories Show 297: Shachar Pinsker “This is the story of Jewish migration through the lens of coffeehouses.” Jews have a long tradition with coffee (I can attest!). In A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (NYU Press), Professor Shachar Pinsker explores the intersection of modernistic Hebrew literature and coffee. We get into…

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Episode 261 – Robert Weil

Virtual Memories Show 261: Robert Weil “Translation editing is all about the idiom.” Liveright Publishing editor-in-chief Robert Weil joins the show on the eve of this year’s Festival Neue Literatur to talk about editing translations, why great translators are heroes (and ought to get credited on book covers), and his admiration/adoration for Barbara Perlmutter, winner…

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Episode 249 – The Guest List 2017

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2017 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories Show tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2017’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 2018! Three dozen responded with a dizzying array…

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Episode 216 – George Prochnik

Virtual Memories Show 216: George Prochnik “Scholem teaches us that the Jewish tradition is so capacious it could embrace its own subversion.” George Prochnik returns to The Virtual Memories Show to talk about his new book, Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem (Other Press). (We talked about Stefan Zweig back in…

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Episode 148 – The Guest List 2015

Virtual Memories Show: The Guest List 2015 It’s time for our year-end Virtual Memories tradition: The Guest List! I reached out to 2015’s podcast 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 2016! More than 30 responded…

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Podcast 112 – Clive James – Remainder

Virtual Memories Show: Clive James – Remainder “I should have led a more balanced life, but that’s easy to say at the end of things. When you’re caught up in what you’re doing, it’s very hard to be reasonable. And art isn’t really made out being reasonable.” Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia and emphysema several years…

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Podcast 108 – Anthea Bell – From Asterix to Zweig

Virtual Memories Show: Anthea Bell – From Asterix to Zweig “There were a lot of books in the school library, and they weren’t in English, and I was mad keen to get at them.” Renowned literary translator Anthea Bell joins the show to talk about getting her start in foreign languages, the schisms in the…

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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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