a philosophy podcast from zero books
Diet Soap Podcast #36: The Mechanism that I Am
December 16, 2009 02:47 AM PST
Cyberpunk author and Fourth Way practitioner John Shirley is the guest this week on the podcast, and we discuss his new novel Bleak History along with the teaching of the mystic Gurdjieff, Situationalist ideas (whatever those are), and our Star Trek future. This week's podcast also features clips from Videodrome, Johnny Mnemonic, Meetings with Remarkable Men, and a BBC documentary about Postmodernism and the Bonaventure Hotel. A reading from the Coming Insurrection is also included. This week Miriam talks about the dogs on the Titanic.
Diet Soap Podcast #35: Are We Nobodies?
December 09, 2009 02:57 AM PST
Freelance journalist and author John Bowe discusses his book Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy on this week's podcast. This week also features the collaged voices of Slavoj Zizek, Noam Chomsky, Groucho Marx, and Frank Rottering. Miriam chimes in with a Titanic Factoid. Send email to douglain at dietsoap dot org, or call 971-285-4604 and leave a voicemail.
Diet Soap Podcast #34: How to Cut Your Life to Pieces
December 02, 2009 11:24 AM PST
This week's episode does not feature an interview, but instead features my short story "How to Cut Your Life to Pieces," which was originally published at Farrago's Wainscot. Also this week we hear from Scott from Tokyo on the Surrealist Project. Kevin G sent me a link to an art exhibit at Yale last week called "The Postwar Avant-Garde and the Culture of Protest", and Terry I sent a link to the All in the Mind Podcast. Music this week includes Wendy Carlos' theme from Tron, pop songs from Nirvana, Janes Addiction, Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Wilder, Steve Reich's composition for 18 musicians, and Moog Synthesizer music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Send email to douglain at dietsoap dot org, or call 971-285-4604 and leave a voicemail.
Diet Soap Podcast #33: Indigo Springs
November 25, 2009 01:12 PM PST
Novelist AM Dellamonica is the guest this week. Alyx's first book "Indigo Springs" is out from Tor Books this month and we discuss magic, perception, gender, and the wonders of the female phallus. Her website is www.amdellamonica.com. Also featured this week is Ben Burgis' short story/Thanksgiving Parable "The True Meaning of K-Day," as well as songs such as "Think of All the Things You Can Do with a Chair" from Chris "Isto" White, "Penis Envy" by Uncle Bonsai, "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon, and many different versions of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." Also featured this week is Miriam's Titanic factoid. Happy Thanksgiving! (Remember to email me at douglain at dietsoap dot org, or call 971-285-4604 and leave a voicemail to contribute your voice to the podcast.)
Diet Soap Podcast #32: The New Normal
November 18, 2009 01:54 PM PST
This week's conversation is with 911 Truth Activist Jon Gold. We discuss what Jon considers the best evidence suggesting that elements within the US Government should be investigated as possible suspects in the crime of 911, the reasons behind some of the disinterest in examining this evidence, problems inside the Truth movment, and the possibility that the 911 Truth movement has been infiltrated by agents of disinformation and disruption. Gold's essay The Facts Speak for Themselves is frequently referenced and worth checking out. There are also two listener voicemail messages included this week, collaged material, a reading from Guy Debord's "Comments on the Society of the Spectacle," and a Titanic factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #31: Surrender, Self, and Stormy Weather
November 11, 2009 03:16 AM PST
This episode features an interview with Jason Horsley, host of the Warty Theorems podcast, leader of the Stormy Weather Existential Detective Agency (SWEDA), and proponent of paranoid awareness. Jason and I discuss whether the Universe needs us to create social change, whether or not we can shut down the factory or tear down the wall, the story of Osho Rajneesh, John De Ruiter, and what it means to surrender. A segment from this podcast was posted as a youtube video called "A Conversation about Gurus." Chris "Isto" White is back with a song entitled "The Incredible Shrinking Isto," and I read from Larry Law's chapbook "Revolutionary Self Theory." Also there is a factoid about cold water and the Titanic from Miriam.
Diet Soap Podcast #30: A New Logic?
November 04, 2009 02:07 AM PST
This week I talk about resistance to the capitalist order and the possibility of a new logic for society with KMO who is the host of the C-Realm podcast. KMO and I discuss his recent interview with Frank Rotering whose economic work aims to go beyond the logic of capitalism and instigate and conceptually support humankind's shift to a new mode of civilization-one characterized by sustainability and global well-being. KMO and I also discuss Alex Jones, conspiracies, and the pros and cons of the paranoid perspective. Chris "Isto" White sings "Clockwork Isto," "The Sky is not a Ceiling," and covers "Young at Heart." Also the Diet Soap phone number is given out. Leave a message at 971-285-4604 and let me know what you think of our collective situation.
Diet Soap Podcast #29: Lightbreaker
October 28, 2009 03:29 PM PDT
This week's podcast features a conversation with the fantasist and novelist Mark Teppo on the subject his book Lightbreaker, and the occult themes to be found in his book. Mark's Codex of Souls series starts with the two books Lightbreaker and Heartland, both of which are out now from Night Shade Books. Also this week Miriam reads Barbara Tannert's story "OOGA-BOOGA AND THE WRITING LIFE" from the Diet Soap website, and the voices of Jason Horsley, Alan Watts, Noam Chomsky, Ariana Huffington, and others are juxtaposed in yet another podcast collage.
Diet Soap Podcast #28: Better Bad News
October 21, 2009 01:37 AM PDT
This week's podcast features an interview/panel discussion with the fine people at Better Bad News. It also features a podcast sound collage with Slavoj Zizek, Jason Horsley, Robert Scheer from Truthdig, and his holiness Osho Rajneesh. Mother Teresa should jump in a lake. Also there is Gracie Coates singing Twisted Truths, Chris "Isto" White singing Black Orpheus, and a Titanic factoid from Miriam.
Diet Soap Podcast #27: The Bardo of Waking Life
October 14, 2009 02:32 AM PDT
This week's podcast features an interview with author and publisher Richard Grossinger, and we discuss his books Waiting for the Martian Express, and the Bardo of Waking Life. We also discuss President Obama, President Bush, Yeats, the American Avant Garde of the 40s and 50s, and Zest Soap. This week also features a voicemail from listener and organic dairy farmer Terry I, music from Negativland, and a Titanic factoid. Check out the new dietsoap youtube videos. Oh. And France.
Zero Squaredis a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of zero books. He is also a novelist and podcaster. His novel “Billy Moon” tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, and was published by Tor Books in 2013.
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