The Virtual Memories Show (general)

Guest Bob Sikoryak talks about Masterpiece Comics, mashing up high and low culture, the '80's art scene in NYC, the mainstream acceptance of comics, cartoonists and performance art, and why he can't stand the term "Graphic Novels".

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_14_-_Classic_Pop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

Pulitzer-winning book critic Michael Dirda joins us to talk about the role of negative reviews, the value of book reviews in the internet age, breaking out of the genre ghetto, his path into Book World, and more! [This one is a re-mastered edition of the Oct. 2012 episode.]

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_13_-_The_Correction_of_Taste.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Guest Tom Spurgeon of comicsreporter.com talks about losing half his body weight, gaining perspective, and how junk culture eats itself. This episode is sponsored by Out Of Print Clothing!

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_12_-_Comic_Sans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

Guest Boaz Roth talks about rebuilding his library after a house fire, the joys of Bleak House, the influence of Orwell's essay, Inside the Whale, superhero movies, the merits of Lost, and what he's learned over 18 years of teaching literature.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_11_-_Fire_and_Bleak_House.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Guest Lyn Ballard talks about her gateway books, the metaphysical poets, reading Huck Finn at the age of 5, an embarrassing Stanley Elkin anecdote, the importance of making literary pilgrimages, and more.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_10_-_Four_Quartets_and_Other_Pilgrimages.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53am EDT

Guest Jane Borden talks about how debutante training did not prepare her for life in New York, how a night at UCB changed her life, how she built her writing career, and her 2011 memoir, I Totally Meant To Do That.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_9_-_New_York_and_Old_South.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

Gil Roth talks with Diana Renn about her new YA novel, Tokyo Heist, then has a long conversation with science fiction writer/critic Paul Di Filippo about what it's like to be a Steampunk icon, how to make it as a writer, and Before Watchmen.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_8_-_Manga-loids_and_Steampunks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Gil talks with Tom May, a tutor at St. John's College, about his path to the school, how the place has changed over the years, and how he had to get a note from his priest to read books from the Vatican's Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_7_-_Here_at_the_Western_World.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Gil gets back from "vacation" and chats with St. John's College tutor David Townsend about the transcendence of good conversation, and the possibility of adding comic books to the Great Books curriculum.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_6_-_My_Old_School.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Guest John B. talks about his 10-minute death last year and how he's looked at his life since then, and Gil talks about Robert Caro and the publicity-industrial complex. Trust me; it's good!

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_5_-_Look_in_Your_Heart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT