Podcast – The Hollow Man

Virtual Memories Show:
The Hollow Man

It’s the ONE-HUNDREDTH EPISODE of The Virtual Memories Show! And they said it would never last! To celebrate hitting the century mark, I asked past guests, upcoming guests and friends of the show to interview me this time around!

The sorrow of the lonely podcaster

This special episode includes questions and recorded segments with Maria Alexander, Ashton Applewhite, John Bertagnolli, Lori Carson, Sarah Deming, Paul Di Filippo, Michael Dirda, Robert Drake, Aaron K. Finkelstein, Mary Fleener, Drew Friedman, Josh Alan Friedman, Kipp Friedman, Richard Gehr, Ben Katchor, Sara Lippmann, Brett Martin, Zach Martin, Seth, Jesse Sheidlower, Ron Slate, Tom Spurgeon, Levi Stahl, Maya Stein, Rupert Thomson, Peter Trachtenberg, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, Frank Wilson, and Claudia Young.

Find out about my reading childhood, my dream list of pod-guests, my best practices for productivity (don’t have kids!), my favorite interview question, my top guest in the afterlife, the book I’d save if my house was on fire, what I’d do if I won a Macarthur Grant. and more! Give it a listen!

Enjoy the conversation! Then check out the archives for more great episodes!

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About our Guest

Gil Roth is the host of The Virtual Memories Show and the president of the Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association.

Credits: This episode’s music is Stupid Now by Bob Mould. Several of the conversations were recorded on a pair of Blue enCORE 200 microphones feeding into a Zoom H5 digital recorder. I recorded the intro and outro and the self-interview segments on a Blue Yeti USB Microphone. Processing was done in Audacity and Logic Pro. Photo of me by Aaron K. Finkelstein.

What It Is: 2/2/09

What I’m reading: The Montaigne. The Clive James.

What I’m listening to: Soul Mining, by The The

What I’m watching: It was movie-watching week for me! Monday: Charlie Wilson’s War (the Steve Martin strength of the opening scenes didn’t carry through, sadly, but it was pretty entertaining), Tuesday: The King of Comedy (my favorite Scorsese/Deniro movie), Wednesday: Quick Change (I was transfixed by the c. 1990 version of NYC, and also by Geena Davis), Thursday: Human Nature (with the weirdly talented Miranda Otto) and Annie Hall (it’s been almost a year! This time, I really focused on the amazing job done by Diane Keaton). Oh, and there was some football game.

What I’m drinking: Miller’s (Westbourne Strength) and Q Tonic, and a bunch of Yuengling & Killian’s.

What Rufus is up to: Praying for springtime. I can tell.

Where I’m going: No plans. Got any ideas?

What I’m happy about: Getting down to Philadelphia this weekend to see my pal Drake for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of his horrendous beating (that is, a celebration that he’s survived the experience).

What I’m sad about: Everything he lost.

What I’m pondering: Whether to help Drake out by becoming a trustee for him.


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