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Diet Soap Podcast #206: How to Occupy Time
March 06, 2014 01:29 AM PST
The guest this week is Dr. Jason Adams. Jason Adams is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Global Center for Advanced Studies and the author of the book Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy, and Resistance after Occupy Wall Street, a book that came out from Palgrave late last year. Jason and I discussed the difference between what is happening now and what is instantaneous or immediate, we talked about resistance as opposed to revolution and, at my insistence, we talked about time travel.
I want to thank Andy Marshall, Jacob L, John L, Ted F and John Spillane for donating as regular subscribers. John Spillane just signed up as a subscriber or recurring donor and Andy Marshall donated both as a subscriber and with a one time generous donation. And if you're listening and haven't given to the podcast before but like what you hear and would like to donate you can find the paypal buttons and dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, as Andy will tell you, the continuing Hegel workshops are doing just that, continuing, and becoming a regular or recurring donor is the best way to get an invite to join in. In fact, I need to make sure John Spillane is invited aboard.
Speaking of reading I recently finished a new short story and I thought I'd share it with the first five or so people who ask for a copy either through Facebook or by email.
The music you're listening to right now is the Pennsylvania Polka from the movie Groundhog's Day. The comic actor and film director Harold Ramis died a few days back and this week's podcast is dedicated to him and his masterpiece. Groundhog's Day, as a movie about Repetition and Difference, would be a great movie to watch as a follow up for this episode I think. So you might check to see if it's streaming on Netflix or somewhere, but right now get ready to listening to Jason Adams and I discuss How to Occupy Time.Pop the Program #1: Waking Life
February 20, 2014 01:22 PM PST
This week marks the death of the podcast "Pop the Left" and the birth of a new podcast called "Pop the Program." Varn has grown tired of the left, profoundly tired of it, but he enjoys conversing about all manner of subjects with me, and in an effort to keep the conversation going we've renamed our joint effort. What you can expect in the future are conversations about literature, art, music, philosophy, and perhaps even conversations about dead white dudes like Marx or Guy Debord, but "the Left" will no longer be our primary subject.
This week, at the outset, we discuss the revolutionary ideas in Richard Linklater's 2001 film "Waking Life," and as such this first episode is a transitional podcast. It was recorded for "Pop the Left" but edited as the first episode of "Pop the Program."
Back in 2001 Roger Ebert celebrated Linklater's film and its release: "Waking Life" could not come at a better time. Opening in these sad and fearful days after Sept. 11, it celebrates a series of articulate, intelligent characters who seek out the meaning of their existence and do not have the answers. At a time when madmen think they have the right to kill us because of what they think they know about an afterlife, which is by definition unknowable, those who don't know the answers are the only ones asking sane questions.Former People Film Podcast: Slacker and Dazed and Confused
February 13, 2014 12:47 AM PSTThis is the second episode of the Former People Film Podcast, a production of the literary journal Former People and the Diet Soap podcast. The conversation was edited on Saturday, February 8th, 2014. This month you'll be listening to a conversation about the Richard Linklater movies "Slacker" and "Dazed and Confused." It's a conversation between Douglas Lain, C Derrick Varn, and Steven Michalkow. In 1991 Linklater captured a moment in the history of American bohemia with his first film "Slacker" and then, 1993, he captured a moment in the history of American high school with "Dazed and Confused." When asked to explain his first feature, the experimental film "Slacker" Linklater reportedly said: It’s the way my brain works, I guess. This is how I feel about the world. I’m looking for a new way to tell a story... You'll hear three different perspective. For one thing, when it comes to "Slacker" I was the one who liked the movie. Varn and Michalkow had a different reaction. Diet Soap Podcast #205: Rats and Meat Cigars
February 06, 2014 01:44 PM PSTThe guest this week is an old friend of mine and an author. David Friedman lived in Portland in the early 90s, and I met him at the now mythic Telecafe.At the time he was recovering from his rock star status and writing fiction. Today he has a book out, a novel, called Rat House. This is a cool novel, a bleak novel, a rock and roll novel. As one reviewer at Amazon put it, "If you ever wanted to know what it's like to have nothing left to lose, what it's like to dream of turning this nothing into rock and roll, then this book is for you. David Friedman, of Meat Cigars fame, remembers the depravity and debauchery of almost rock godhood so you don't have to." Diet Soap relies on donations, and I want to thank Hylton L for donating and John L for his regular subscription to the podcast. If you'd like to donate to Diet Soap you can find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or send me an email through my website: douglaslain.com. Here's an excerpt from David Friedman's book: I'd been drinking for three days straight. The tour had taken a lot out of me and I didn't want to be in the same room with the band. Unfortunately, Eugene wanted to talk about our upcoming gig. I slouched down in my seat and sucked on a beer to try to kill my hangover. "The Northwest Music Association showcase gig is at The Vogue next week," he said standing in the living room, our instruments and amps forming a sei-circle around the drums. I looked at each of my band mates, in turn, to see their reactions. There were nods from each, although those nods signified nothing, more like a conditioned reflex. They didn't know what was on the line. "This gig is our make or break moment. It is sink or swim," he said. In this episode you'll hear The Meat Cigars' "Mister Squiggly," "Underground,"and "Brain Death." You'll also hear a clip from Frank Zappa's cover of the Led Zeppelin hit "Stairway to Heaven,"the Ukulele Clan's cover of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing," and a string quartet cover of Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit." Diet Soap Podcast #204: Breaking Bad All the Way
January 30, 2014 01:24 AM PSTThe guest this week is Mark Fisher. Fisher is the author of the book Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life (writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures). Fisher is also the author of an essay on the hit television show Breaking Bad for the New Humanist magazine and it's this essay which will be the subject of this week's podcast. I want to thank my subscribers Jacob L and Andy M for their recurring donations and remind you that if you'd like to support the podcast you can find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. To set up this interview I thought I'd paste in an excerpt from Mark Fisher's essay: Who needs religion when you have television? On soap operas, unlike in life, villainous characters almost always face their comeuppance. TV cops may now be required to have “complicated” private lives and dubious personal ethics, but we’re seldom in any serious doubt about the difference between good and evil, and on which side of the line the maverick cop ultimately falls. The persistence of the fantasy that justice is guaranteed – a religious fantasy – wouldn’t have surprised the great thinkers of modernity. Theorists such as Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Marx argued that atheism was extremely difficult to practise. It’s all very well professing a lack of belief in God, but it’s much harder to give up the habits of thought which assume providence, divine justice and a secure distinction between good and evil. Diet Soap Podcast #203: That Bill Murray Moment
January 23, 2014 10:32 AM PST
The guest this week is David Blacker whose book The Falling Rate of Learning is currently out from Zero books. Blacker is a philosophy professor at the University of Delaware and this is part two of a two part conversation. This half is less focussed and more speculative. You'll hear me trying to articulate my own peculiar understanding of Zizek and Marx, or what C Derick Varn would call my Marxist Gnosticism. Bill Murray is mentioned.
I want to thank Brad P for his very generous one time donation as well as thank Ted F for being a subscriber to the podcast. If you'd like to donate you can find the Paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Or you can send me an email through my website, that's douglaslain.com
In this episode you'll hear a rerun of an essay/collage I originally wrote for Thought Catalog and included in episode one hundred and four (which also included an interview with the mystic and theatre director Antero Ali). The essay/collage is called The Symbiopsychotaxiplasm of Adam Sandler's Click. You'll also hear an excerpt from episode eight of Robert Hughes "The Shock of the New," and a minute or so from the movie Ghostbusters.
Right now you're listening to the band The Bill Murray Experience performing "Heebie Jeebies." But in just a moment you'll be listening to David Blacker and I discuss "That Bill Murray Moment."
January 16, 2014 10:44 AM PSTThe guest this week is David Blacker whose book The Falling Rate of Learning is currently out from Zero books. Blacker is a philosophy professor at the University of Delaware and a regular guest on Diet Soap. This time we discuss his book and the notion of fatalism. This is part one of a two part conversation. I want to thank David W for his very generous one time donation as well as thank John L, Jacob L, and Andrew M for being subscribers. Right now I'm working on a new short story about Lucid Dreaming, a time travel birthday cake story, a rewrite of an old novel, the first chapter of a new novel, and I'm waiting for word on a book proposal for a nonfiction book about Marxism and Star Trek. When I manage to finish off any one of these projects I'm hoping to make advance copies available to you, my loyal listeners. In the meantime you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Or you can send me an email through my website, that's douglaslain.com In this episode you'll hear a reading of Nietzsche's madman parable, a clip from the Matrix, and the movie Reds. From the Madman Parable: How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whoever is born after us---for the sake of this deed he will belong to a higher history than all history hitherto. Diet Soap Podcast #201: Rick Roderick and the Political Unconscious
January 09, 2014 12:20 AM PST
It's Thursday, January 9th, 2014, and I'm Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.
There were no new donations this week and if you'd like to correct that you can find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. I should also tell you to follow me on Twitter, facebook, linkedin, netlog (does anybody understand what that is?), stumbleupon, and google plus. My email is douglain at gmail dot com. You should read my blog at douglaslain.com, look for the Diet Soap facebook page, and buy all of my books on Amazon.com.
You'll hear a lot of clips of Rick Roderick in this episode as well as music from the Art of Noise, the theme from the motion picture The Candyman, Charles Ives 3 Quarter Tone Pieces, and Luc Ferrari's Societe II.
Diet Soap Podcast #200: The Myth of the Doctor
January 02, 2014 02:36 PM PST
The guest this week is one of my co-editors at the journal Former People Steven A. Michalkow discusses the myth of Doctor Who. Both of us are fans of the show, both of us were excited about the anniversary of the program, and both of us enjoy thinking too much. The conversation covers such subjects as Jung's notion of myth, Roland Barthes idea of mythology, what it means to be a detective, and the City of Death.
Preparing for this episode I was looking for a nice quote about the Doctor, something that would set the tone for the rest of the episode. While I don't think I succeeded, I did manage to fine this from Tom Baker:
"It's funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory."
There are several sound clips worth mentioning here at the outset, you'll here a clip from the Doctor Who episodes "The Pyramind of Mars," "City of Death," "Family of Blood," and the "Day of the Doctor." You'll also here a clip from the Columbo episode "A Deadly State of Mind," a reading of Roland Barthes essay "Einstein's Brain," and at the end of the episode you'll find a conversation with my lovely wife Miriam. Miriam returns for this episode to discuss Laurie Anderson's song "The Dream Before" and to start what I hope will be a recurring new segment on Diet Soap that I'm calling Miriam's Art Idea.Former People Movie Podcast #1: Solaris
December 24, 2013 11:35 PM PSTA Co-production from Diet Soap and Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers this film podcast will focus on both contemporary and canonical films in an attempt to explore the development of film aesthetics. Our first episode focuses on Tarkovsky's Solaris and the intersection of science fiction and religion. To put the conversation into context at the outset here is a quote from Andrei Tarkovsky: The artist is always the servant, and is perpetually trying to pay for the gift that has been given to him as if by a miracle. Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice. We are gradually forgetting about this, and at the same time, inevitably, losing all sense of human calling.
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Douglas Lain is a fiction writer, blogger, copywriter, and most recently a “pop philosopher” for the popular blog Thought Catalog. His work has regularly appeared in nationally distributed literary magazines and journals such as Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Amazing Stories since 1999, and his first book Last Week’s Apocalypse was a collection of these stories published by Night Shade Books. His second short story collection is entitled Fall Into Time and was published by Fantastic Planet Press (an imprint of the Bizarro publisher Eraserhead) in June of 2011. A novella entitled “Wave of Mutilation“is due out from Fantastic Planet Press in October of 2011. His surreal nonfiction book “Pick Your Battle” was published in July of 2011 with Kickstarter funding. Finally, Lain’s first novel, entitled “Billy Moon: 1968,” tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, is due out from Tor Books in 2013. His wife Miriam Lain, who is somewhat reluctantly also involved with the podcast, knows a great deal about the Titanic.
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