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7th story

Episode 64:
The 7th Story

Published On Jan 14,2015

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A few F.A.Q.

Q: Are you still making episodes?
A: Absolutely.
Q: When’s the next one coming out?
A: Soonish.
Q: But, this is just a static FAQ, so soonish is completely relative.
A: That’s technically not a question but, sure, it’s completely relative. Put it this way: I am always working on a new episode. Sometimes they take forever. Sometimes it’s because there’s a lot of other things going on in my life but, more often than not, it’s just that they can take me forever. I care a lot.
Q: Wouldn’t you be better off, like, professionally if they came out every other monday or whatever?
A: Absolutely. But I’m also pretty sure they wouldn’t be very good if they did. So, it’s kind of a wash I suppose.
Q: I really wish they came out more often and on a regular schedule. That’s the way podcasts work. I know that’s not a question. I’m just saying.
A: Yeah. for what it’s worth, me too. But, isn’t it kind of nice that you don’t know when it’s coming and then all of a sudden it’s there? Like some band you like just dropped a new track?
Q: No.
A: Oh. I kind of hoped you were on board with that. That’s the way I think of it anyway.
Q: No. Sorry. Get back to work.
A: On it. Look for a new episode soonish.

Published On Jan 12,2015 | Posted In Blog >>

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-If you hear a Memory Palace piece on the radio (they pop up on public radio now and then, here and there) write to the station or program on which you heard it. Tell them you liked it. Tell them you’d like to hear more.

-Write an review and rate it on iTunes. iTunes rankings work not off raw numbers of downloads or listens or whatnot but off activity (I’m told). The more people are downloading and subscribing and rating and writing reviews the higher a podcast moves up the rankings. The higher a podcast moves, the more prominently it gets displayed, the more just-curious listeners it gets. Virtuous circles and all that.

-Donate. On this site or over on the Maximum Fun site.

-Follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook. There are gatekeepers out there for whom how many followers someone has really, really matter.

-Hire me to create a Memory Palace audio-tour for your museum or historic site. If you happen to have one lying around. It’s just something I’ve wanted to do. That’s all.

Published On Jul 31,2012 | Posted In Help >>

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Back

Hiatus over.
The Memory Palace is back in business.

Published On Jul 05,2011 | Posted In Blog >>

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Hiatus

Hi there. The Memory Palace has been on a bit of a hiatus. It’ll be over soon. For real.

nate

Published On Jun 01,2011 | Posted In Blog >>

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An article

I wrote an article for the public radio site, Transom.org. It’s a way-inside, inside look at the podcast. How it works (and doesn’t). Why things take a long time. It gets pretty deep into the public radio weeds, at times, but, if you want to go behind the curtain, it’s as good a place (until we get the permits and insurance worked out for the guided monorail tour of the Palace interiors, anyway) as you’ll find.

Published On Apr 07,2011 | Posted In Blog >>

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Some news.

Proud to report that the memory palace will be, albeit briefly, in the mix of Slate’s fine podcasts. Three episodes will roll out on three mondays here in March. Do check out their other podcasts. I am a particular fan of their sports talk show, Hang* Up and Listen. If you are into that kind of thing.

Now, some of you have been asking what the hold up has been with the new episodes.

A: Thanks for asking.
B: Sorry about that.
C: I’ve been spending most of my time writing much of this book (oddly enough). It is due to come out in October. It is funny. And weirdly memory palace-y in several parts.
D. More episodes soon.

*An earlier version of this post referred to the show as “Shut up and Listen.” It was a mistake. But a much better name.

Published On Mar 07,2011 | Posted In Uncategorized >>

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dazed, confused

was pleased to stumble upon the fact that the guy who did this…that became this… …also wrote this… …and this.

Published On Jan 11,2011 | Posted In Blog >>

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a housekeeping note

I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking why the podcast assembly line has slowed here at the Palace. First, it’s awfully heartening to know that people care enough to have noticed. Really.

Anyway, the podcast is still up and running, but has in fact been gummed up a bit by a couple of (paying) projects with looming deadlines. Both of which you will likely enjoy, assuming that you like the podcast, but neither of which I can talk about at the moment. Mysterious.

I will keep you posted and will continue to post here on the blog and poke away on new podcast episodes.

thanks
nate

Published On Nov 20,2010 | Posted In Uncategorized >>

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cleaning out the drawers

My favorite moment in the (underrated) James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (the one with the so-much-worse-than-Sean-Connery-it’s-bananas-but-better-in-hindsight-than-Moonraker-era-Roger-Moore, George Lazenby) is the scene after Bond has lost his Double O status and has to clear out his desk.* As he’s cleaning, he comes across all of these gadgets and souvenirs–some we remember from earlier adventures, others speak to these undocumented adventures beyond what we’ve been allowed to see. It is oddly moving.

Anyway, cleaning out some drawers here at The Memory Palace, I came across a CD of a radio documentary I did a few years ago about the history of music programming on the radio that I hadn’t thought about in awhile. It is no exploding pen, but some of you might like it. Link is here.

*Yes. This is my favorite moment in the movie. Even considering the ski chase.

Published On Nov 07,2010 | Posted In Uncategorized >>

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WWI Memorial, II.

I’ve been re-reading Tender is The Night and A: holds up, and B: there’s this passage from when Rosemary and Abe and Dick are walking around the WWI battlefields in France (in 1925; the book came out in 1934) that kills me. Because I am, in equal measure, both nerd and sap.

“See that little stream — we could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind. And another empire walked very slowly backward a few inches a day, leaving the dead like a million bloody rugs. No Europeans will ever do that again in this generation.”
“Why, they’ve only just quit over in Turkey,” said Abe. “And in Morocco —”
“That’s different. This western-front business couldn’t be done again, not for a long time. The young men think they could do it but they couldn’t. They could fight the first Marne again but not this. This took religion and years of plenty and tremendous sureties and the exact relation that existed between the classes. The Russians and Italians weren’t any good on this front. You had to have a whole-souled sentimental equipment going back further than you could remember. You had to remember Christmas, and postcards of the Crown Prince and his fiancée, and little cafés in Valence and beer gardens in Unter den Linden and weddings at the mairie, and going to the Derby, and your grandfather’s whiskers.”
“General Grant invented this kind of battle at Petersburg in sixty- five.”
“No, he didn’t — he just invented mass butchery. This kind of battle was invented by Lewis Carroll and Jules Verne and whoever wrote Undine, and country deacons bowling and marraines in Marseilles and girls seduced in the back lanes of Wurtemburg and Westphalia. Why, this was a love battle — there was a century of middle-class love spent here. This was the last love battle.”
“You want to hand over this battle to D. H. Lawrence,” said Abe.
“All my beautiful lovely safe world blew itself up here with a great gust of high explosive love,” Dick mourned persistently.

Published On Nov 04,2010 | Posted In Uncategorized >>

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