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Persistence of Vision

32 episodes - English - Latest episode: 8 months ago - ★★★★★ - 5 ratings

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Episode 31: Robert Faires on Something Wicked This Way Comes

March 09, 2020 15:11 - 51 minutes - 58.8 MB

Lance and L.B. welcome Austin Chronicle arts editor and Texas legend Robert Faires to discuss a book he's loved since he was a kid: Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. 

Episode 30: Jody Seaborn on Tristram Shandy

February 18, 2020 16:24 - 42 minutes - 48.2 MB

Arts and entertainment editor and book critic Jody Seaborn comes on board to discuss the Lawrence Stern masterpiece The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. It’s a pre-modern postmodern novel of wit, style, humor and feeling. 

Episode 29: Beth Burns on Arden of Faversham

February 11, 2020 03:31 - 37 minutes - 43 MB

The astonishing woman of the theater Beth Burns leads Lance and L.B. through the history and meaning of Arden of Faversham, an Elizabethan true-crime tragicomedy likely penned, at least in part, by none other than William Shakespeare. 

Episode 28: Owen Egerton on Breakfast of Champions

January 09, 2020 03:24 - 51 minutes - 70.5 MB

Author, comic, filmmaker, showman and genius Owen Egerton comes on board for a live interview about Kurt Vonnegut's novel Breakfast of Champions. 

Episode 27: L.B. Deyo on The God-Damn Fool

January 09, 2020 03:18 - 45 minutes - 61.8 MB

Guest hosts David Moses Fruchter and W. Joe Hoppe interview L.B. Deyo about his novel, The God-Damn Fool.

Episode 26: Web Jerome on A Song of Ice and Fire

January 09, 2020 03:15 - 48 minutes - 66.3 MB

Austin stage star Web Jerome shares her obsession with George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, the books that inspired the HBO show Game of Thrones. 

Episode 25: Kaci Beeler on her plays

December 09, 2019 00:21 - 43 minutes - 60 MB

Kaci Beeler isn't one to limit herself to a genre, a medium, or a subject. Lance and L.B. had her on to discuss her plays, including Killer Girls and Subject to Control, but inevitably the interview touched on her painting, her design, her acting, improvisation, direction, and much more. 

Episode 24: Daniel Mennega on The Silmarillion

December 06, 2019 04:01 - 37 minutes - 51.5 MB

The Silmarillion is the Bible of Middle Earth, and Daniel Mennega is our guide through the rarified heights and terrifying depths of Tolkien's mythology. L.B. is joined by special guest host Union Brooks. 

Episode 23: Kelli Bland on the Unbearable Lightness of Being

November 18, 2019 01:40 - 38 minutes - 53.2 MB

Philosophy, love, history, love, betrayal, tyranny, art, weight, and lightness. These and other themes, torn from the pages of Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, animate Lance and L.B.'s discussion with theater star Kelli Bland.

Episode 22: Wild Bill on The Alchemist

November 10, 2019 23:35 - 40 minutes - 56.1 MB

Can a person evolve? Does true love ever stop a man from pursuing his destiny? Is there gold in them thar hills? Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist raises these and other questions. But for the answers, Lance and L.B. turn to none other than Wild Bill, Austin's preeminent rock 'n roll impresario, composer and performer. 

Episode 21: Mocha Washburn on A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

November 04, 2019 01:59 - 34 minutes - 47.7 MB

Sometimes the hippest novel of the year is actually an innovative, devastating memoir. Philosopher, shoot fighter and rock hero Mocha Washburn talks about Dave Eggers' legendary debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Episode 20: Mocha Washburn on A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

November 04, 2019 01:59 - 34 minutes - 47.7 MB

Sometimes the hippest novel of the year is actually an innovative, devastating memoir. Philosopher, shoot fighter and rock hero Mocha Washburn talks about Dave Eggers' legendary debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Episode 20: Mike O'Connor on A Theory of Justice

October 29, 2019 01:00 - 45 minutes - 62.6 MB

President Bill Clinton called John Rawls "perhaps the greatest political philosopher of the twentieth century" because of the ideas contained in Rawls' book A Theory of Justice. Author, Legislative Director and master showman Mike O'Connor shares his expertise on the book and pulls back L.B. and Lance's veil of ignorance. 

Episode 19: Elizabeth Doss on Independent People

October 14, 2019 17:52 - 46 minutes - 63.7 MB

Recorded live at the North Door Bar Lounge. Halldór Laxness' Nobel-prize winning novel Independent People is the subject of the Persistence of Vision Interview with actor, director and playwright Elizabeth Doss. How much fun can you have with a book about impoverished shepherds in the frozen wastes of Iceland? Plenty. 

Persistence of Vision Episode 18: Brenner on The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

September 30, 2019 01:02 - 37 minutes - 51.8 MB

The Austin Chronicle's legendary arts editor Brenner joins Lance, L.B. and Union to discuss Charlie Huston's neo-noir showstopper, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. 

Persistence of Vision Episode 17: L.M. Elliott on Suspect Red

September 24, 2019 02:19 - 38 minutes - 52.9 MB

It's 1953, and the United States has just executed an American couple convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Everyone is on edge as the Cold War standoff between communism and democracy leads to the rise of Senator Joe McCarthy and his zealous hunt for people he calls subversives or communist sympathizers. Suspicion, loyalty oaths, blacklists, political profiling, hostility to foreigners, and the assumption of guilt by association divide the nation. Lance and L.B. welcome L.M. Elliott to ...

Persistence of Vision Episode 16: Tim Stegall on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

September 08, 2019 22:15 - 42 minutes - 58 MB

"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

September 03, 2019 14:12 - 35 minutes - 48.8 MB

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

August 27, 2019 02:28 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

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

August 19, 2019 00:35 - 43 minutes - 60.3 MB

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

August 14, 2019 02:36 - 39 minutes - 54.9 MB

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

July 29, 2019 17:52 - 42 minutes - 57.7 MB

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

July 23, 2019 02:30 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

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

July 10, 2019 02:00 - 40 minutes - 36.7 MB

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

June 30, 2019 22:46 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

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

June 10, 2019 23:20 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

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

June 04, 2019 00:56 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

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

May 06, 2019 01:21 - 39 minutes - 54 MB

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 @le...

Episode 4: Shannon McCormick on Infinite Jest

April 24, 2019 03:10 - 36 minutes - 50.4 MB

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

April 15, 2019 00:14 - 40 minutes - 46.9 MB

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

March 25, 2019 02:08 - 51 minutes - 69.2 MB

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

March 18, 2019 00:00 - 46 minutes - 52.8 MB

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.