COVID Check-In with Ron Hogan

Virtual Memories Show
COVID Check-In: Ron Hogan

Writer and editor Ron Hogan checks in from Queens (near Elmhurst Hospital). We talk about why you don’t need to write King Lear while in quarantine (or finish War & Peace, although he’s hoping to do that), how to handle bad writing days regardless of whether there’s a pandemic on, keeping up with his writing-development e-mail, Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives, and a key lesson from Thomas Merton to find the core of one’s writing. We also get into how he officially joined a Quaker meeting via Zoom, his binge of season 3 of Castlevania, his deep-dive into the Psalms, having Korean baseball games as occasional TV-wallpaper, enjoying The Anarchist’s Tool Chest (as part of his goal of minimizing his engagement with capital), and more! Give it a listen! And go subscribe to Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives!

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About our Guest

Ron Hogan is a freelance essayist and developmental editor who works with novelists and narrative non-fiction writers. Follow Ron on Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to his writing development e-mail, Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives.

Credits: The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Ron & Yojimbo (“Jimmy”) by someone else, probably his wife. Photo of cat & Tolstoy by him, I bet. The former is on my instagram.

3 Replies to “COVID Check-In with Ron Hogan”

  1. Thanks, Gil! I can confirm that my wife took the photo of me and Jimmy, and the picture of his sister Sanjuro (“Sandy”) with Tolstoy is my doing.

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