The Virtual Memories Show

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
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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

Guest Ann Rivera talks about Housekeeping in the first Secondhand Books conversation.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_3_-_Good_Housekeeping.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Host Gil Roth talks about burning libraries, Geoff Dyer, and Norah Jones

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_2_-_Burning_libraries.mp3
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Host Gil Roth talks about Bach, Piers Anthony and the escapism of being a geek.

Direct download: Season_2_Episode_1_-_Pale_horses_at_the_burger_joint.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT