The Persistence of Vision Podcast Books Your Life Up Right
Austin-based audio series brings lively lit-talk from local lights
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
8:00AM, Mon. Mar. 16, 2020
They’re telling you to stay the fuck home, citizen. “Binge some video,” they’re telling you. “Read some books, listen to podcasts,” they’re saying.
Well, good for them, the ubiquitous them, telling you that. And us, we’ve addressed that first thing with some off-kilter rom-com recommendations right here. And now we’ve got the second and third thing covered locally for you, too.
The Persistence of Vision podcast has been going for months and months already (since March of 2019, so, ah, happy anniversary!) to bring you recommendations and exhortations and discussions of literature that’s popular and obscure and thoughtful and thrilling, and sometimes the conversations are about written works that embody all those adjectives at once. (That last one's certainly true in the case of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, as hyped by Shannon McCormick on PoV, at the very least.)
The Persistence of Vision podcast, hosted by those indefatigable Dionysium dudes L.B. Deyo and Lance “Fever” Myers, covers anything that’s between published covers, pretty much, and provides much food for thought and sufficient provocation for dissenting opinion. (Because tastes vary, after all, and one needn’t be Tim Doyle to really enjoy arguing.)
You could even get charged up with the idea of Vast Media Conspiracy here – not from the books covered on Persistence of Vision, but because two of the many guests thus far have been your reporter Wayne Alan Brenner (waxing rhapsodic about Charlie Huston’s The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death) and Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires (holding joyously forth on Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes).
(Although, tbh, a couple of journos from an Austin alt-weekly fomenting published culture with a pair of creative professionals who work a podcast in addition to their usual day jobs? That particular Media Conspiracy … well, it isn’t quite so Vast as others, is it? Get real, citizen.)
But the point being, if you’re stuck in splendid isolation and looking for some clever distraction right about now, this Persistence of Vision series will do you up right. There's Owen Egerton on Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, Web Jerome on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Kelli Bland on Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Neal Pollack on David Carr's The Night of the Gun, and on and on, in lively proliferation throughout 31 episodes. And, seriously? We recommend all of ’em.