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This week instead of an expert interview you’ll hear my son Benjamin and I discuss the television show Arrested Development, Hipsters, and Hegel. We cover the section on the Law of the Heart in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and try to make sense of gibberish like this:
“This ordinance is the sphere of perversion. For in that this ordinance is the law of all hearts, in that all individuals are immediately this universal, it is a reality which is only that of self-existing individuality, i.e. of the heart. When consciousness therefore sets up the law of its heart, it finds itself resisted by others because it conflicts with the equally individual laws of their heart; and the latter in opposing it are doing nothing else but setting up in their turn and making valid their own law.”
You can also find me discussing similar subject over on Jason Horsley’s new website Crucial Fictions.
I’d like to thank my subscribers who donate monthly again. That would be John L, Andrew M, Jacob L, Tracy V, and Ted F. If you’d like to donate you can find the buttons at douglaslain.com and at dietsoap.podomatic.com but you might consider that my Kickstarter campaign for the Diet Soap Tour “Think the Impossible” is coming soon. There are many sound clips in this episode. There are clips of Arrested Development, Norman Mailer, Dairy Queen, Europe, and the youtube star Kazookeylele.
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The guest this week is Jason Horsley and we start to discuss his most current project called “Crucial Fictions” and specifically a chapter of his book “The Prisoner of Infinity” wherein he examines Whitely Strieber’s reported experiences as it relates to Horsley’s own conceptions of trauma, but we quickly diverge from his text as we spiral around the central concept of trauma itself. Jason Horsley is the author of many books including Matrix Warrior: Being the One and The Secret Life of Movies, and he is a regular guest on the Diet Soap podcast. If you visit his website crucialfiction.com you’ll be able to listen to the raw recording of this conversation in its entirety.
I’d like to thank my subscribers who donate monthly to the podcast. That would be John L, Andrew M, Jacob L, Tracy V, and Ted F. If you’d like to donate you can find the buttons at douglaslain.com and at dietsoap.podomatic.com, however I’ll be running a Kickstarter campaign in June and July and people who are thinking of donating might hold off and help out with that.
There are many sound clips in this episode. You’ll hear from Alenka Zupancic, Slavoj Zizek, Ryan Gosling in the movie Half Nelson, Sebastian Horsley discussing his propensity to cause himself trouble, and the Sesame Street Pinball song.
John Zerzan is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. He is a critic of civilization and especially agriculture and he wants to return to a more primitive collective life. He advocates the nomadic life of prehistoric hunters and gatherers as a potential future.
Zerzan was the guest on Pop the Left #4 where we discussed the idea of reification and took a close look at Zerzan’s own notion of nature. This month on Pop the Left C Derick Varn and I speak briefly about the Zerzan interview.
Clips from an interview with Steven Vogel on the radio program Against the Grain, of George Bush singing an REM song, and from Monty Python’s Life of Brian can be heard in this one, and Varn and I discuss potential future guests.
Nicholas Pell is again absent, but plans to return for a future episode wherein we’ll discuss historical materialism.
You can now leave a voicemail message for Pop the Left and participate in the show. Just head to speakpipe.com/poptheleft and leave us a message.
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The guest this week is Jay Gertzman and we discuss his book Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist. Samuel Roth was a literary pirate, a purveyor of smut, and a champion of high modernism. For instance Roth published the dirty bits from James Joyce’s Ulysses as a serial in his literary journal Two Worlds Monthly.
It’s Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. I’m Douglas Lain the host of the podcast, and this week the secret word is “masturbation” and here’s an excerpt from Samuel Roth on the subject.
Diet Soap relies on donations, but rather than make my usual plea for help through paypal I’m actually going to tell you to hold off. I’m about to run a Kickstarter campaign to fund a US Diet Soap tour under the banner “Think the Impossible.” In fact, I just finished editing the Kickstarter video a few days ago and if you’d like to watch the video all you need do to get a sneak peek is join the Diet Soap International Facebook group. It’s much more an exploration of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre through a decidedly Hegelian lens than it is a straight forward call for funds, so I encourage everyone who is listening to check it out. Also, if you like Diet Soap but can’t afford a donation, why not share the podcast with a friend or write a review of the show on iTunes.
There is some smut in this episode of Diet Soap. For example, at the end, you’ll hear a bit of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. You’ll hear a bit more than this:
…shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down Jo me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.
The music you’re listening to right now is an instrumental cover of the Violent Femmes Blister in The Sun as covered by the Vitamin String Quartet but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Gertzman and I discuss Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist.