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Episode 456 – Zoe Beloff

With , artist has created a panoramic history painting documenting the depths of the Trump years. We get into the impetus for that project, its enormous scale (140 feet long), its Brechtian roots, and its reproduction as a 19-foot accordion book ()….

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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 455 – Charles Bivona

Writer, poet, professor & editor 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 , and more….

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Episode 454 – Anne Cattaneo

Virtual Memories Show 454: Anne Cattaneo “Most people want to be on the stage, but I don’t.” Lincoln Center Theater‘s dramaturg Anne Cattaneo joins the show to celebrate her new book, The Art of Dramaturgy (Yale University Press). We answer the pivotal question, “What does a dramaturg DO, exactly?” and explore the tradition of dramaturgy…

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Episode 454 – Anne Cattaneo

‘s dramaturg joins the show to celebrate her new book, (Yale University Press). We answer the pivotal question, “What does a dramaturg DO, exactly?” and explore the tradition of dramaturgy in Europe and America, while diving into the phenomenon of…

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Episode 453 – Nadine Sergejeff

Virtual Memories Show 453: Nadine Sergejeff “What you see when you enter the Philip Roth Personal Library are about three-thousand, seven hundred and twenty books* that have marginalia, are presentation copies, or are otherwise special.” [* Librarians are very exact] It’s part 2 of a 2-part show about the new Philip Roth Personal Library at…

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Episode 453 – Nadine Sergejeff

It’s part 2 of a 2-part show about the new at the Newark Public Library! This week, Supervising Librarian joins the show to talk about the process of going through 300+ boxes of Philip Roth’s books to figure out . We talk about the challenges of…

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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 452 – Rosemary Steinbaum

It’s part 1 of a 2-part show about the new at the Newark Public Library! This week, NPL trustee talks about working with Philip Roth over the years and helping convince him to donate his books and belongings to the PRPL. We get into her friendship…

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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 451 – Jacques Berlinerblau

Professor joins the show to celebrate his new book,  (UVA Press)! We get into a deep dive on All Things Roth: #metoo, reverse-biography, metafiction, rage merchants, Rothian Path Dependency, literary legacy & reputation, the changing…

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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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