a philosophy podcast from zero books
Diet Soap Podcast #61: A Post-Traumatic Age?
June 10, 2010 03:11 AM PDT
Artist and activist Daniel Shea is the guest this week and we discuss the Vietnam war, post-traumatic stress, and the need for social change. You'll also hear the themes from the Mickey Mouse Club, MASH, and Foxtrot Tango Alpha. Jane Fonda and Slavoj Zizek can be heard in this podcast. I also read aloud the names of those who have pledged to the writing of my psychogeographic, foraging, (anti)self-help book and Kickstarter campaign, and I show up for the Titanic factoid and describe our overdetermined Titanic dream.
Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Ideology and Fruit Trees
June 06, 2010 11:34 PM PDT
In this Diet Soap supplemental podcast I talk to Bob Hatton from the Portland Fruit Tree Project and edit together a collage featuring talk of manufactured consent and ideology. I want to encourage people to pledge to my kickstarter campaign for the writing, printing, and distribution of a radical self-help book on how to "Pick a Battle."
Diet Soap Podcast #60: Romanticism is a Noun
June 03, 2010 09:58 AM PDT
Short story writer Brett Cox is the guest this week as we discuss publishing, 'zines, and romanticism. Also this week is music from Steve Reich and theme music from the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow and the BBC's Rainbow. The voices of Philip K. Dick, Robert Crumb, and Isaiah Berlin can be heard. In the end I thank those who have pledge to my Kickstarter campaign in Romper Room fashion, and introduce Miriam with her Titanic Factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Ideology and Nature
May 30, 2010 11:31 AM PDTUrban Scout is the guest on this Pick Your Battle Supplemental to the Diet Soap podcast. As I move along in the project of writing a radical self-help book that uses urban foraging efforts as a jumping off point for organizing and joining in conversation with the permaculture efforts here in Portland I'll be uploading these supplements to the main Diet Soap podcast to keep you updated on my thinking and progress. Also I want to urge everyone to help out with a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign to fund this project. If you can comfortably pledge a few dollars to this project then I urge you to do so, if not then your moral support is much appreciated.
Diet Soap Podcast #59: Radical Homemakers
May 27, 2010 01:15 AM PDT
The guest this week is the author Shannon Hayes and we discuss her book Radical Homemakers which leads to more conversation about the need to make real world connections as we seek community as a solution to the multi-dimensional crisis we find ourselves enmeshed in. Also featured are sound collages set to television theme songs from the 70s. You'll hear the theme to Wonder Woman, Rhoda, and Laverne and Shirley along with a Titanic Factoid from the boiler room. Donations to the Pick Your Battle Kickstarter campaign are still welcome and encouraged, and I want to say hello to the Vanished Messenger and to the people behind the Fifth Estate. In the weeks to come keep your ipods tuned to this station as I will be releasing a few supplemental podcasts on the subject of urban foraging, fruit trees, and the politics of an escape pod.
Diet Soap Podcast #57: Dream
May 13, 2010 01:51 AM PDT
Stephen Duncombe, the author of the book Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy is the guest this week and we discuss the notion of ethical spectacles, progressive dreams, and the imagination as a political tool. The music of Chris Isto White is featured again this week, including the surreal nonsense song Ceci N'est Pas L'Isto. You'll also hear collaged up versions of Fame and Dream a little Dream. Plus a child's view of the Titanic disaster. The Kickstarter campaign for my surreal, new age, fantastical, fruity, transitional, self-help book Pick Your Battle is coming right along. If you look to your right you'll see it's almost 30% funded. Pledges are most welcome.
Diet Soap Podcast #55: The Economics of Needs and Limits
April 29, 2010 01:44 AM PDTFrank Rotering is the guest this week and we discuss his Economics of Needs and Limits, the limits of Marxism, and the timidity of the intellectual class especially in regards to the official story of 911. Along with a Zulu, Tuvan, and Utah Phillips/Ani DiFranco version of the Internationale, the music this week includes a collaged up version of Xanadu, Chris "Isto" White's "Hitler Masturbating in a Tub," and Hussalonia's "Song of Interactive Voice Response Answering Service." I also mention my appearance on Jon Armstrong's If You're Just Joining Us Podcast, the De-Growth conference in Vancouver, BC, my story Noam Chomsky and the Time Box, and my Pick Your Battle Kickstarter project. If you'd like a copy of the Chomsky short story you can pledge a dollar or more to the Pick Your Battle Project. And Miriam is on hand to tell us the story of Titanicat. Diet Soap Podcast #54: Just a Gorilla Suit?
April 22, 2010 02:07 AM PDT
Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is on again this week as we conclude our discussion of his book Art, Life, and UFOs. We delve into the abduction subject this time, and even discuss some of my own unusual dreams from childhood. Chris Isto White's "Let's Build a Sandcastle to the Moon" is heard, along with Steve Reich's Violin Phase, the Blue Danube, and the theme from the original Day the Earth Stood Still. I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to my kickstarter campaign instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" (or if you prefer to get a story about alien abductions I'll send you my story "Music Lessons" if you email me the request). If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. This week during the Titanic Factoid Miriam answers listener mail.Diet Soap Podcast #53: The Collage Aesthetic
April 15, 2010 01:57 AM PDT
Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is the guest this week. We discuss his book Art, Life, and UFOs and focus on art for the first part of what turned into a two part interview. We talk about Jackson Pollack, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Piet Mondrian, the Suprematists, Surrealists, and more. After receiving a great response to my offer to give my story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" as a thank you for donations I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to this kickstarter proposal instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story. If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. Also please listen to this week's Titanic Factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #52: The Compass of Pseudo-Enlightenment (Life After Oil Crash?)
April 08, 2010 02:08 AM PDT
KMO of the the C-Realm Podcast is the guest this week, and we discuss my recent conversation with Dmitry Orlov, our prospects for life after our oil crash, and the continuing question of social vs. natural systems. The compass of pseudo-enlightenment itself is the invention of author Kevin Dole, and is explained in this livejournal entry. The points on the compass are these: Neil Kramer to the North, James Howard Kunstler to the South, KMO to the East, and I'm to the left. Also this week I offer a copy of my newest short story, Noam Chomsky and the Time Box to everyone who donates any amount to the podcast. Music includes Chris Isto White, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and clips of R.E.M. And the Titanic factoid includes dragonblood.
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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