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Diet Soap Podcast #220: Karl Marx's Reluctant Idealism
September 01, 2014 06:42 PM PDT
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Karl Marx and Hegel are the subjects this week as I talk to my friend Andy Marshall about Marx's Critique of Hegel's Philosophy in general. This conversation comes on the heels of a Facebook row with C Derick Varn wherein Varn took the widely accepted position that Marx was a materialist and Hegel was an idealist, while I argued that Marx was too enamored with Hegel's dialectical logic and the unity of subject and object to really escape the Platonic Realm entirely.

I'd like to thank Andy Marshall, Penny R, Reagan S, and Shane S, for their generous one time donations to the Diet Soap podcast, and to thank Andy Marshall, Ted F, John Spillane, Jacob L, and John L for their recurring donations. I urge regular listeners to the podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

In the words of the Marxist Humanist Raya Dunayevskaya Marx's humanism was neither a rejection of idealism nor an acceptance of materialism, but the truth of both, and therefore a new unity.

Talking Art: Conceptual Art
August 26, 2014 11:57 PM PDT
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Conceptual art is the subject Miriam and I discuss as I try to work on my novel and create a podcast at one and the same time.

We start with John Baldessari's "A painting by Pat Nelson" and with the ideology of the polaroid camera, where the goal was to eliminate the barrier between the photographer and his subject so that all that was left was the simple decision. This is the ideology of art that is on display in these paintings. The artist is the man pointing, and in fact John took polaroids (or at least photographs) of his artist friend pointing at things that interested him enough to point at them. But what we're given isn't a series of these photographs, but a series of paintings. What John did was take the photos to different "sunday painters" who were then given the instruction to realistically paint what they saw in the photos. They were told not to embellish or make art, but just to render the photos in paint. What we were left with is an erasure of the act of painting (because what makes these paintings interesting isn't the painterliness of the painting) and also the erasure of that immediate act of decision (the subject matter isn't interesting either) and instead we have paintings of what polaroid wants to ignore. The mediating step. But what John wants to give us is that mediating step in itself and without mediation. He wants to make it transparently apparent. Paradoxically what he has to do in order to make the mediation of our experience of his work apparent is to create an aesthetic of irony rather than no aesthetic at all.

Soap Zero #1: Film Stills and Unreality
August 17, 2014 09:51 PM PDT
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Zero Books will be the focus of this new new line of Diet Soap specials. Which means this is episode 218 for Diet Soap but it is also episode one of Soap Zero, a podcast dedicated books published by Zero Books. The guest this week is Nicholas Rombes and we discuss his book 10/40/70. The premise of the book is that one can learn about a film by analyzing stills from it,specifically stills lifted from the ten, forty, and seventy minute mark. We take a close look at the Cronenberg's 1999 film eXistenZ. I'd like to urge regular listeners to the podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review of at iTunes in lieu of a donation. Music and sound clips on this episode include Otto Luening's "Low Speed" circa 1952, Delia Derbyshire's "Love Without Sound," clips from eXistenZ, and a lecture about Deleuze's Film Theory set to the song Skokiaan as played in the film Slacker.
Diet Soap Podcast #217: What's Missing in Psychoanalysis?
August 10, 2014 07:46 AM PDT
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Psychoanalysis and Lacan are the subjects this week and Joshua Cohen is the guest. We specifically discuss the object relation theory of the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and the knotty theories of Jacque Lacan. Psychoanalytic terms such as splitting, psychic destitution, and the big Other are tossed around as Joshua Cohen is a therapist working in Seattle with training in Kleinian therapeutic techniques, and an interest in Lacan.

I'd like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review of at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

The music is this episode includesMozart's The Marriage of Figaro (a work Freud claimed to enjoy despite being, in his own words, "completely unmusical") as performed by Babette Dorn. Also included are clips of Zizek discussing coffee and cream, Annette Hanshaw singing "You're the Cream in my Coffee," a clip from The History of Philosophy without any Gaps, Louis CK on Parmenides and Parenting, and Mister Rogers autotuned.

Diet Soap Podcast #216: Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Class War
August 02, 2014 02:17 AM PDT
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Andrew Kliman is the guest this week as we discuss back and forth exchange of essays written by Andrew Kliman and Sam Gindin for Jacobin and The New Left Project and I give Kliman a chance to refute the prevailing mythology of wage suppression under neoliberalism once again. More importantly we discuss the need for metanarratives, the failure of leftist ambition, and what we mean when we say the words "class" and "war." Andrew Kliman is the author of "The Failure of Capitalist Production."

You'll notice that about a quarter of the way into the interview the sound quality for Andrew's side of the conversation declines. Unfortunately what happened was that his Skype connection started to break up and so we had to continue on his landline.

I'd like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review of at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

The music in this episode includes Boris Tihomirov's Electronic Alarm-Clock and Delia Derbyshire's Love Without Sound.

Double Feature Podcast #4: Wild Women and Queens
Explicit
July 27, 2014 03:17 PM PDT
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The Wild Women of Wongo along with Colossus and the Amazon Queen make up the double feature for this month's Double Feature Review podcast. Also featured in this episode are comments on the television program House MD, the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the invention of pornography.

The one time stand-up comic and screen writer Jim Farris begins the episode by complaining that he is too often introduced with a list of his accomplishments from years gone by whereas he'd prefer to be introduced with a mention of his current endeavor to enact the Statler Brother's 1969 Flowers on the Wall in real time via webcam. Most of Farris' complaining has been cut from this episode.

Douglas Lain is available by appointment only.

Diet Soap Podcast #215: Columbo and Confession
July 12, 2014 11:10 AM PDT
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Peter Falk's Columbo is the subject this week and Steven A. Michalkow returns. Steven is an editor at Former People and a podcaster in his own right as the Former People film podcast continues.

On the subject of Columbo and psychoanalysis Slavoj Zizek wrote: In the TV-series Columbo, the crime (the act of murder) is shown in detail in advance, so that the enigma to be resolved is not that of "whodunit?", but of how the detective will establish the link between the deceitful surface (the "manifest content" of the crime scene) and the truth about the crime (its "latent thought"), how he will prove to the culprit his or her guilt. The success of Columbo thus attests to the fact that the true source of interest in the detective's work, is the process of deciphering itself, not its result (the triumphant final revelation "And the murderer is…" is completely lacking here, since we know this from the very outset).

It's Saturday, July 12th, 2014, and I'm Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

I'd like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is also available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

Diet Soap Podcast #214: The Religion of Identity
July 05, 2014 02:33 PM PDT
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Amber A'Lee Frost is the guest this week and we discuss her essay "Bro Bash" which was recently published in Jacobin magazine. The essay created quite a stir in twitter social justice circles as a criticism of Sarah Kendzior was mischaracterized and this led to false accusations. Here's a link to an infographic explaining the debacle. This week I'd like to thank Daniel A and David for their one time donations, and also thank Ted F, Jacob L, Andy Marshall, John Spillane, and John L for their regular monthly donations. And I'd like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is also available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review at iTunes in lieu of a donation.
Double Feature Review Podcast #3: Sex is a Catch 22
June 27, 2014 09:02 PM PDT
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Joseph Heller's screenplay Sex and the Single Girl and the movie version of his novel Catch 22 are put under the microscope in this episode of the Double Feature Review. Jim Farris and Douglas Lain are the hosts of what is sure to become the most important film review podcast of all time.

Back in 1964 AH Weiler, writing for the New York Times, declared that Sex and the Single Girl was "not the worst picture ever made, girls and boys. No kidding." While in 1970 Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times that "Mike Nichols' "Catch-22" is a disappointment, and not simply because it fails to do justice to the Heller novel."

Jim and Doug appreciated these movies considerably more than Weiler or Ebert appreciated the films originally. As a Double Feature the films highlight Heller's vision despite the differences in style, mood, theme and intent.

Coming in July: The Wild Women of Wongo and Colossus and the Amazon Queen. Both are available on youtube.

Diet Soap Podcast #213: The 666ties
June 20, 2014 09:13 PM PDT
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Robert N Lee is the guest this week as we discuss his 666ties series of independent novellas. Robert N. Lee is an author, an editor, and a graphic designer, his website is Awesomedome.com and the cover art for this week's episode is his work and I urge you all to take a look at the image with this week's show notes.

I should also point out that the final collage is taken from youtube. The youtube star FarOff created the mashup you hear at the end. Here's a link to The Bealtes vs LCD Soundsystem vs The Kinks.

This week I want to thank Daniel W for his generous donation to the podcast and urge all of you who are listening to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, twitter, and send me an email through my blog which is douglaslain.com.

In upcoming episodes of Diet Soap I'll be discussing Lacan and Melanie Klein with a psychoanalyst, analyzing Columbo, discussing Feminism, Marxism, and twitter character assassinations, and, as always talking about Star Trek and Value theory.

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