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Persistence of Vision Episode 15: Tim Stegall on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether." Texas Punk musician and journalist Tim Stegall describes the epochal sensation that is Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and also touches on his own personal journey into the heart of the American dream.


Persistence of Vision Episode 15: Olive Balla on Jillie

Jillie is a tale of horror-tinged high adventure, brought to life by Dickensian characters and high-velocity pacing. It's the story of an 11-year-old girl on the run from her brutal step-family in the New Mexico desert. Novelist Olive Balla discusses her Jillie, and also the process of finding a publisher and releasing the book.


Persistence of Vision Episode 14: Carl King on his creative process

What's the next step after inspiration? How do you bridge the gap between a concept and its execution? Writer, filmmaker, musician and creative dynamo Carl King takes Lance and L.B. to school.


Persistence of Vision Episode 13: Richard Guerrero on Our Band Could Be Your Life

Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life is a deep investigation into a cultural movement that swept the U.S. in the 80s and 90s and had influence far beyond its most immediate listenership: Hardcore punk rock. It tells the story of this movement through profiles of its leading artists, from Black Flag and Minor Threat to the Bad Brains, Fugazi, Mudhoney and many others. Richard Guerrero is a veteran punk fan and musician who loves the book and the world that inspired it.


Persistence of Vision Episode 12: George Musser on Spooky Action at a Distance

What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time: nonlocality-the ability of two particles to act in harmony no matter how far apart they may be. It appears to be almost magical. Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn't come to terms with it, describing it as...


Persistence of Vision Episode 11: David Moses Fruchter on the Illuminatus! Triology

David Moses Fruchter is a poet and expert commentator on that masterpiece of conspiracy fiction, the Illuminatus! Trilogy. The book is immensely complex and challenging, and Fruchter walks us through its mysteries, depths, and absurdities with characteristic charm.


Persistence of Vision Episode 10: Mike Saenz on Moby-Dick

Mike Saenz is a filmmaker whose work has appeared in the Sundance Festival. He was an assistant editor on Boyhood, which was nominated for a best picture Oscar. Very obviously, Lance and L.B. wanted to hear everything he had to say about the world's most notorious leviathan, the white whale Moby-Dick.


Persistence of Vision Podcast episode 9: 50 Years After Vietnam with Bill Lord

Bill Lord came back from the Vietnam war and put it out of his mind for 50 years. Now in his new book he tells his firsthand account of life as a soldier in the notorious Mekong Delta.


Persistence of Vision Episode 8: David Peters on Christ Walk Crushed

Iraq War veteran, Episcopalian Priest and moral injury therapist David Peters talks about the book he co-authored with Anna Fitch Courie, Christ Walk Crushed. What are the personal consequences of guilt? What can we do to overcome shame? Peters brings vast personal experience and knowledge to the problems of war and peace.


Episode 7: Author Neal Pollack on David Carr's Night of the Gun

Author, media sensation and Jeopardy! champion Neal Pollack joins the Persistence of Vision podcast to discuss The Night of the Gun and other addiction memoirs, including his own forthcoming book.


Episode 6: Graham Reynolds on Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei

Composer, bandleader and superstar Graham Reynolds talks about the book Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei. The book offers 19 different translations of an classic Chinese poem with comments on each version by Eliot Weinberger and an afterword by Octavio Paz. The conversation touches on poetry, translation, the limits of language and the philosophy of mind.


Episode 5: Lewis Weil on Darwin and the Barnacle

What was Charles Darwin doing in the years before he published On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection? As Rebecca Stott explains in her book Darwin and the Barnacle, he was studying those tiny sea creatures almost no one had ever paid attention to before. On this episode, Lance and L.B. host Lewis Weil, biologist, Money Positive entrepreneur and former Nerd Nite boss, as he tells them all about Darwin, Barnacles, and Darwin and the Barnacle. Look for Lewis on Twitter and Instagram...


Episode 4: Shannon McCormick on Infinite Jest

Actor, improviser, and writer Shannon McCormick talks to Lance and L.B. about the greatest of the postmodern novels, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.


Episode three: Writer Timothy Braun on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Writer and writing professor Timothy Braun has been a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan since he was five years old. In this episode, Lance and L.B. grill Timothy on Douglas Adams' comic-sci-fi masterpiece, touching on related works by Kurt Vonnegut, Woody Allen, and others.


Episode two: Journalist and novelist Atia Abawi on her book A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes takes the reader on an odyssey from ISIS-controlled Syria through Turkey and across the Aegean sea. Atia Abawi, the daughter of refugees and a Middle East correspondent for CNN and NBC, leads us through the story of her novel and the reporting, research and imagination that produced it.


Episode one: Poet W. Joe Hoppe on the Iliad

The Iliad is one of the foundational works of Western literature, a mythical story of the Trojan War whose poetic force and genius has never since been excelled. Hosts L.B. Deyo and Lance Fever Myers welcomed poet and college instructor W. Joe Hoppe to talk about the Iliad's plot, poetical technique, history, and much more.