Podcast: New York and Old South

Virtual Memories – season 2 episode 9
Jane Borden – New York and Old South

It’s time for a new episode of The Virtual Memories Show!

This one marks yet another milestone! (There’ll be plenty of those, since we’re still early days with this show.) I managed to interview someone I’d never met before (as opposed to past shows, where I talked with friends and college acquaintances)!

My guest this time is Jane Borden, a writer and standup comic who published her first book, I Totally Meant To Do That, in 2011. Jane’s book is about her experiences living in New York City after being reared (not raised; chickens are raised) in a proper southern environment. As her book jacket puts it

Like Cerberus, a griffin or one of those joints near Port Authority that’s both a Pizza Hut and a Taco Bell, Jane is a hybrid too horrifying to exist: a hipster-debutante. She was reared in a proper Southern home, and sent to boarding school, then a sorority. She next moved to New York and discovered that none of this grooming meant a lick to anyone. In fact, she hid her past — it was easier than explaining what a debutante “does” (answer: not much).

It’s a fun read and Jane was a hoot to interview. I even got a high-five once we were done recording (read the book; it’ll make sense)!

Now go listen to the new show!

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Credits: This episode’s music is New York by U2. I recorded the intro on a Blue Yeti mic into Audacity, and the conversation with was recorded on a pair of Blue Encore 100 mics, feeding into a Zoom H4N recorder. The picture gives you a nice idea of my on-site setup. Have mics, will travel!

3 Replies to “Podcast: New York and Old South”

  1. (And special thanks go out to Cecily Craighill, for connecting me and Jane when I first put out the call for “good guests who can talk about books and make for good conversation.”)

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