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Diet Soap Podcast #140: The Reality of Economic Abstractions
April 17, 2012 12:49 PM PDT
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The guest this week is Marxist youtube star and pianist Brendan Cooney and we discuss real abstractions, fetishes, the Greek economic crisis, Late Capitalism, and the superpowers of Karl Marx.

The podcast has been on a temporary hiatus as I've struggled to revise a novel as quickly as possible, but we return this week despite the fact that I haven't quite finished yet. I've been up to my eyeballs in dreams, Christopher Robin Milne, cats that turn into toys, and the strikes of May 1968, but the podcast continues.

I want to thank all of the subscribers to the podcast who are participating in the Diet Soap philosophy writers workshop and urge you to either subscribe or donate. I currently have 12 copies left of my book "Wave of Mutilation" and even more copies of my surrealist memoir on urban foraging entitled Pick Your Battle, and a subscribing or donating $6 or more entitles you to a copy of one of these books.

I should point out that this week marks the third year for the Diet Soap podcast. The very first episode was produced on April 16th, 2009. This is also the last week that Diet Soap will feature a Titanic Factoid. Sunday was the 100 year anniversary of the sinking and Miriam has decided to commemorate April 15th, 1912 with a sinking of the factoid. So, this week we say goodbye to the Titanic, but I look forward to seeing what Miriam comes up with next and she promises that she'll continue in some way or another.

My conversation with Brendan Cooney went on for a good while and wandered, so this may be a two parter. We'll see. I've currently got at least five weeks of interviews in the archive. So in coming weeks we'll hear conversations with Paul Shetler on surrealism, with KMO and Olga on Zombies, with Ross Wolfe on Taylorism or Fordism, with Jon Meade on the Production of Space, and with the bizarro writer Bradley Sands on why he's Sorry He Ruined Your Orgy.

Diet Soap #103: My Chicken Believes in the Revolution
May 12, 2011 01:37 AM PDT
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The returning guest this week is the philosopher and psychoanalyst Adrian Johnston, and we discuss his book Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations. This is part two of a two part conversation.

Thank you Andrew M, Kurt O, Penny R, Michael S, and Lukas M for donating to the podcast and getting the Pick Your Battle book. The book is at the printers now and should be arriving here around the 26th. Those of you who haven't already ordered a copy can get one by donating to the podcast. The minimum donation is $6 to receive the book in the mail, but I should tell you the book is now available in the Amazon Kindle store for $5.95 as well, so if you prefer to read on a Kindle and save a nickle that's an option too.

I should also announce that my second short story collection entitled "Fall Into Time" was recently released from Eraserhead Press and is also available on Amazon.

Diet Soap Podcast #102: How to Act In Case of an Event
May 05, 2011 01:05 AM PDT
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The philosopher and psychoanalyst Adrian Johnston returns this week to discuss his book Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations. The conversation lasted two hours so this episode will be part one of a two part examination of the act, the event, and how to strive for both.

Also, in case you're wondering, Osama bin Laden is still dead.

The Pick Your Battle guide to Urban Foraging, Critical Theory and groping towards a Praxis is still available to everyone who donates $6 or more to the podcast, and I want to thank Andrew M, Sami R, Richard B, and James L for making a donation in exchange for a copy of the book.

Diet Soap Podcast #97: Capitalism's Cycles of Crisis
March 31, 2011 12:33 AM PDT
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Brendan Cooney returns for the second part of a two part conversation about the economic crisis, the declining rate of profit, underconsumption, and the economic philosophy of our best pal Karl Marx. We also discuss Net Neutrality and the great Comcast/Apple Computer conspiracy (the name of that conspiracy is of course Capitalism.) We say goodbye to Joe Bageant this week. Joe was taken by cancer, and I like to think he's up in heaven tripping balls with Tim Leary and Terence McKenna. Joe was a true working class hero and a terrific writer. His books Deer Hunting With Jesus and Rainbow Pie put the Red in Red Neck, while his spirit and humor put heart and soul back into politics. Listen for a homage sound montage at the end of the podcast. I'll miss you, Joe. There is a Counter-Counter Insurgency Convergence at Reed College this weekend. That's my neighborhood so if you're in Portland and want to meet up for this contact me through douglaslain.com.
Diet Soap Podcast #96: Marxism and Value
March 24, 2011 01:07 AM PDT
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The Marxist autodidact, youtube star, and blogger Brendan Cooney discusses the economic philosophy of that big German guy Karl Marx. Cooney is a very accessible and entertaining thinker and pedagogue.
In other Lain related news my short story "The Last Apollo Mission" is available at flurb. What is flurb? It's an online 'zine of astonishing tales usually edited and published by Rudy Rucker but, this month, edited by Eileen Gunn.
Also there are Cooney clips about Kapitalism this week, and Miriam warns us about the card sharps on the Titanic.

Diet Soap Podcast #80: Zizek's Ontology (pt. 2)
October 21, 2010 12:12 PM PDT
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This week you'll be hearing the second half of a conversation with Professor Adrian Johnston the author of Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity. We'll discuss the various ways philosophy can intersect with and help reshape everyday life and attempts to change it. Part two of my essay on the ontology of Project Blue Beam, which is an excerpt from the Pick Your Battle book project, some excerpts from Zizek's lectures, along with a Titanic factoid can also be heard.

Diet Soap Podcast #79: Zizek's Ontology
October 14, 2010 12:49 AM PDT
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The guest this week is Professor Adrian Johnston the author of the book Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity. We discuss Zizek's ontology, along with the ontological and epistemological ideas in the works of John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Bishop George Berkeley, and that big German guy Hegel. My son Benjamin appears briefly to discuss the movie Tron, and Miriam presents the Titanic factoid.

Diet Soap Podcast #70: Boundary Dissolution
August 12, 2010 10:08 AM PDT

Musician and podcaster Jon Meade is the guest this week and we discuss his ideas about boundary dissolution, psychedelics, black bloc politics, being a teenager after the events of 911, and the pros and cons of dualisms. A different edit of this same conversation will be featured on his Boundary Dissolution podcast in the near future.
On another note, don't forget to check out my new podcast with my 13 year old son Benjamin: One Thousand Words where we'll be discussing the history of avant garde art and modern art painting every week.

Diet Soap Podcast #69: Fighting the Control System with a Northern Song
August 05, 2010 12:17 PM PDT

Neil Kramer of the blog the Cleaver is the guest this week and we discuss class, accents, the Transitional Alchemy tour, and the control system. The music this week includes Art Tatum's Ain't Misbehavin', Daft Punk's Around the World, a mantra to Ganesh, the Beatles song Only a Northern Song (with vocals removed), Bang on a Can's "Stroking Piece," and the Kronos Quartet's "Four for Tango."

One Thousand Words: Episode One
July 26, 2010 02:01 PM PDT

I'm posting this premiere on the Diet Soap RSS feed in order to let you know about this new podcast called One Thousand Words. Ben and I explore the entirety of art history starting with cave paintings and running through to a statue of George Washington.

Benjamin will be helping with a podcast focusing on Art History. Starting next week we'll pick a new painting every week and talk about the meaning and context around each work. The aim is to cover 100 years of Avant Garde or modern art. From the Paris Commune to the birth of postmodernism. (1870-1970)

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