Sven Birkerts

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 416 – Wendung

Virtual Memories Show 416: Wendung “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves,” said George Orwell, but he died at 47, so what does he know? To celebrate turning 50, I use an obscure Woody Allen movie to talk about why I can’t take stock of my life. Then the good part: I ask nearly…

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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 231 – Sven Birkerts

Virtual Memories Show 231: Sven Birkerts “There are thresholds or shelves where we go from having incremental change to systemic moments of transformation.” In the ’90s, Sven Birkerts cautioned us about the impact of technology on reading with The Gutenberg Elegies. In 2017, we mute our iPhones to talk about his new book, Changing the…

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