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Zero Squared #112: Reframing Trump
May 31, 2017 03:28 PM PDT
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Chris Cutrone is founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” and he recently led a panel discussion entitled “The Crisis of Neoliberalism” as part of the Platypus Affiliated Society’s third European Conference and will be leading a panel discussion at the Left Forum entitled Marx in the Age of Trump. And today he is the guest on this week’s Zero Books podcast.

If you’re in NYC you should turn up for the Left Forum. Zero Books will be hosting two panels. The first will be for the upcoming book by Michael Roberts entitled “World in Crisis" and the panel is titled Capitalism Gets Knocked Down (but then gets up again). This panel will present information about the long economic crisis and ask what political lessons can be drawn from the evidence that capitalism is inherently prone to crisis? The panel is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, from 12:00pm-1:50pm.

The second Panel is entitled Kill All Normies and will feature a discussion on the rise of the racist and proto-fascist right led by Angela Nagle. This panel is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th, from 3:40pm - 5:40pm.

The Left Forum will be held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at 524 W 59th St in New York City but if you miss it don't worry, our panels will be featured as audio podcasts in upcoming episodes.

If you’re a Zero Books club member, however, you should know that the Inside Zero Books podcast will be delayed, possibly for a full week.

Zero Squared #111: Michael Tracey on Russia Collusion and Obstruction
May 24, 2017 03:21 PM PDT
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Michael Tracey is a reporter for TYT politics and a freelance journalist who has written for Vice, The Nation, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, The Intercept, and The New Republic, along with many other publications. He has also been a skeptic of what he calls Trump hysteria and the Russia conspiracy and on this week’s episode of the Zero Books podcast we discuss the possibility of a Trump impeachment, whether Trump should be considered a fascist, and how the dangers of the Russia collusion narrative. I want to remind you that Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies and Brian Willem’s novel Henry Henry is available for pre-order through Amazon. Henry Henry is an experimental novel comprising two alternating stories: one a factually inaccurate pseudo-biography of 17th-century composer Henry Purcell and the other the story of Purcell’s mid-20th-century biographers. If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.
Zero Squared #110: Dark Matters
May 17, 2017 07:39 PM PDT
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Nick Dunn is a professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University. He is formerly of the Manchester School of Architecture where he was Principal Lecturer.

His book Dark Matters: A Manifesto of the Nocturnal City, published by Zero Books last November, explores the city at night as a place and time within which escape from the confines of the daytime is possible.

Nicolas Diaz of NetGalley described the book this way: A must read for anyone who's starting with hauntology, dérive or urbanism in general. It's short, urgent and written with poetic sensibility.

I want to remind you that Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies and Brian Willem’s novel Henry Henry is available for pre-order through Amazon. Henry Henry is an experimental novel comprising two alternating stories: one a factually inaccurate pseudo-biography of 17th-century composer Henry Purcell and the other the story of Purcell’s mid-20th-century biographers.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests and sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #109: The Overculture Bites Back
May 10, 2017 12:24 PM PDT
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David Auerbach is a freelance columnist and gadfly who has written for publications such as the LA Review of Books, Slate, the American Reader, and many other publications. He is a former software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at the think tank New America and we discuss his recent blog posts entitled Trump Diaries as well as the concepts of an underculture and an overculture on this week’s podcast.

I want to remind you that Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies is available for pre-order through Amazon and to let you know that there will be a link to both the US and UK editions in the show notes at the Zero Books blog.

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #108: The Subject of Capitalism
May 02, 2017 07:27 PM PDT
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Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in the theory. In this episode of Zero Squared, Postone discusses whether the working class is the true subject of capitalism and history, the particular particularity of today’s left, and the new Black Lives Matter visa card.

Angela Nagle’s book Kill All Normies is now available for pre-order through Amazon and to let you know that there will be a link to both the UK and US editions in the show notes.

I also want to remind you that, if you enjoy this podcast you should consider joining the Zero Books Club. The Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations with Zero Squared guests, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Zero Squared #107: Deconstructing Dirty Dancing
April 26, 2017 08:04 PM PDT
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Stephen Lee Naish's writing explores film, politics, and popular culture and the places where they converge. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including The Quietus, Empty Mirror, and 3:AM and his book Deconstructing Dirty Dancing is out now from Zero Books.

Liza Palmer, Managing Editor of The Moving Image, reviewed the book this way:

Dirty Dancing has quietly evolved from a film to enjoy, to one you can admire -- helped along by Stephen Lee Naish's Deconstructing Dirty Dancing. A model of detailed textual analysis, Deconstructing Dirty Dancing reveals what Dirty Dancing’s devoted fanbase has known for years: that the film tackled sophisticated, progressive themes with dignity, courage, and a catchy soundtrack. Rest assured, the political can indeed be pleasurable

If you enjoy this podcast consider joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books Club members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

Right now you’re listening to is Trot the Fox performed by the Cologne Ballroom Orchestra, but in just a moment Stephen Lee Naish and I will discuss and deconstruct Dirty Dancing.

Zero Squared #106: Contrary Points on Identity
April 19, 2017 12:13 AM PDT
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Nick is also the guest on this week’s podcast.

This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think about joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes features the second half of conversations from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

You might also stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. Recommended titles include Uncertain Futures, Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat, and the late Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism.

In this episode you’ll hear The Struts covering David Bowie’s hit Rebel Rebel, some controversial statements on transgender politics from Slavoj Zizek, and a sped up clip of Justin Bieber’s Love Me. Right now you’re listening to an instrumental cover of the Kinks hit Lola, but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Nick and I discuss Contrary points on identity.

Zero Squared #105: Examining the Black Bloc
April 12, 2017 06:19 PM PDT
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This is part one of a two part conversation. If you’d like to hear the second half think about joining the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to a Saturday podcast entitled Inside Zero Books which sometimes consists of unedited or full length interviews from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. Zero Books members are also invited to participate in youtube workshops with Zero Books authors and others.

You might also stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. Recommended titles include Uncertain Futures, Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat, and the late Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism.

Zero Squared #104: Uncertain Futures
April 05, 2017 07:51 PM PDT
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Edmund Berger is the guest this week. Berger is an independent writer, researcher, and activist living in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs intermittently at Deterritorial Investigations Unit and Synthetic Zero, and his first book, entitled Uncertain Futures, provides a detailed look into the economic and political conditions of our present moment from a Marxist perspective.
David Winberg columnist for the Straight Dope reviewed the book this way: Berger says “Fascism is nothing less than the intensification of every regressive sentiment to be found in the whole of society, mobilized and put on the march by elements in the ruling class.” And “To reform capitalism at this stage is a revolutionary act.” That’s how far we’ve fallen.
Thanks should go out to members of the Zero Books Club. Zero Books Club members receive access to the Inside Zero Books which sometimes consists of unedited or full length interviews from the Zero Squared podcast, sometimes features conversations with Zero Books readers about the state of the left, and sometimes features public lectures from Zero Books authors or staff. This week the Inside Zero Books podcast will feature the second half of this conversation with Edmund Berger on Marx and Trump.
I should also take a moment to ask you to stop by the Zero Books website and purchase a book on critical theory. You might pick up Uncertain Futures or Alfie Bown’s interview with Srecko Horvat.

Symptomatic Redness: Tribalism
March 29, 2017 09:55 AM PDT
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The Symptomatic Redness podcast presents conversations on political economy and history. Hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu, the program was an independent project for several years but is now hosted by Zero Books on the Zero Squared podcast feed. This first podcast of Symptomatic Redness hosted by Zero Books features Amogh Sahu interviewing C. Derick Varn on the history and prehistory of human societies.

Thanks goes out to Zero Books Club members. This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast will feature the second part of this conversation from Symptomatic Redness.

If you find this podcast helpful you might subscribe to the Zero Books podcast feed and keep listening or leave a review of the podcast on iTunes.

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