Zero Books: Advancing Conversations
By Zero Books
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Publisher Douglas Lain (former podcaster behind Diet Soap) interviews authors from Zero Books and beyond. Zero Book authors include Eugene Thacker (In the Dust of This Planet), Nina Power (One Dimensional Woman), Dan Hind (Magic Kingdom), and many others. This is a literary podcast that aims at radical philosophy. You'll hear discussions about Marxist economics, critical theory, cultural criticism and feminism from some of the world's most opinionated writers.
||ExplicitZero Squared #144: How to Read a History Book||Perhaps in the current climate, I shouldn’t admit this, but this week’s guest Marshall Poe has lived in the USSR and Russia, his academic specialty being Russian History. He later spent a decade teaching at Harvard University,||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #143: Applied Philosophy||Professor Greg Sadler is the co-founder of ReasonIO, a consulting company that puts philosophy into practice, the Youtube star behind the Half Hour Hegel series, a professor of philosophy who has taught at Ball State University and Fayetteville State U.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #142: Michael Brooks’ Materialism||Michael Brooks is the co-host of the Majority Report and the host of his own podcast called The Michael Brooks Show, and in this episode we discuss the anti-SJW industry, whether or not Zero Squared is just a Marxist version of Dave Rubin,||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #141: Class Consciousness||C Derick Varn is on the podcast again, this time to discuss Lukacs’ 1920 essay Class Consciousness. This conversation goes into the weeds on philosophical and economic categories and tries to both “Straw Man” and “Steel Man” Lukacs’ essay in||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #140: Writing Sound||Emmanuelle Gibello is a Parisian composer, musician, performance artist and writer. She says her music, musical gestures and computer-assisted compositions are inspired by James Gleick's Chaos Theory. This podcast was recorded at the Cafe de Flore,||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #139: A Wrecking Ball Called Trump?||Chris Cutrone is the founder and President of the Platypus Affiliated Society. He is also the author of the rather infamous essay “Why Not Trump?” and other essays such as The Millennial Left is dead and Democratic revolution and the contradiction o||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #138: Robot Love||This episode of the Zero Books podcast is a conversation with the Alfie Bown. Alfie is the author of the Zero Books title Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism and he recently penned an essay for the Paris Review entitled The Screen of Enamoration: L.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #137: On the Radical Empiricism of Rhetoric||Daniel Coffeen is the author of the Zero Books title "Reading the Way of Things" and a frequent guest on this podcast and many others including the Partially Examined Life. In this episode we discuss his essay: "On the Radical Empiricism of Rhetoric.||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #136: Lindsay Shepherd and Free Speech||This episode of the Zero Books podcast is a conversation with the Lindsay Shepherd. Shepherd hit the Zeitgeist recently when she was reprimanded for showing her class an excerpt from a debate on gender pronouns that originally aired on the television p.||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #135: #metoo vs. #romance?||Josie Appleton is the author of the book Officious: the Rise of the Busybody State which came out from Zero Books in 2016 and in this episode of the podcast she discusses her controversial blog post entitled #Metoo: The criminalization of sexual passio.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #134: Sci-Fi Utopias and the Far Right||David Auerbach is an American writer with a background in software engineering. He has written on a variety of subjects, including social issues and popular culture, the environment, computer games and literature.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlternatives #2: Matt Taibbi||J.G. Michael and C Derick Varn have a new podcast called "Alternatives" which will be featured monthly on either the member's only Inside Zero Books feed page or here on the Zero Squared feed. Alternatives is a podcast about culture,||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #133: The Anti-Politics of the Present||C Derick Varn is the ranting voice behind Symptomatic Redness and a reader at Zero Books. This week he rants on the topic of antipolitics while touching upon self-care politics, Angela Nagle and the reaction to her work, Bordiga, and so on.||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #132: Lenin and Brexit||Philip Cunliffe is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He joined the university in 2009 after completing his doctoral studies at King's College London. His book “Lenin Lives” was published in Septembe||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #131: Fire Hides Everywhere||Julian Feelds is a Swiss novelist, filmmaker, and visual artist. Throughout his life, Julian has lived across South America, Europe, and the United States He currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #130: Education, Identity, and Taxi||David Blacker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He is the author of the Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal end game which came out from Zero Books in 2013 and a returning guest. I want to remind you that we’ve moved.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #129: Value, Crisis, and the Writing on the Wall||Anselm Jappe is the author of several major works of critical theory, most famously a book entitled simply “Guy Debord” which is a critical biography of the famous leader of the Situationist International, and is a contributor to the German ‘criti||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInside Zero Books #51: Occupy, the Left, and Generation X||David Blacker is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Legal Studies at the University of Delaware. He is the author of the Falling Rate of Learning, a book that came out from Zero Books in 2013. He is also a returning guest,||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #128: Antisemitism as a Symptom of Capitalism||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 theory.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: A Critique of Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger||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..||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #127: Nagle Answers Her Critics (Such as They Are)||Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies earned her the title "an old leftist's idea of what a young leftist should be" by her detractors and "one of the brightest lights in a new generation of left writers who have declared independence from intellectual conf||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #126: Free Speech, Communism and the DSA||Adam Proctor is a scholar in Neo-Marxian state theory and class formation, labor history in the 20th century, and the development of racial formations. He is also a member of the DSA and the host of one the new leftist podcasts that make me feel old an.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #125: Overcoming Capitalism||Terry Tapp is an artist and writer living in New York City. Originally from Central Appalachia, Terry spent many years working trade jobs, wandering through the American south, all the while creating art and writing.||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #123: Gaffney Called Out||Frankie Gaffney is the guest this week, and he’s the author of the novel Dublin Seven and a writer for the Irish Times, the Dublin Inquirer, Broadsheet and many other publications. In May this year, he wrote a piece for the Irish Times entitled Identi||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #122: Lacan’s Television||Vakhtang Gomelauri is a therapist and self-proclaimed psychoanalyst working in NYC who is influenced by the ideas of the Jacques Lacan and this week he’s stopped by to discuss the book Television by Jacques Lacan,||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thinkers and creatives
You have found it. This is the newest creation of Douglas Lain, host of the Diet Soap Podcast. The Diet Soap podcast was my personal favorite podcast, but this new podcast Zero Squared appears to be building on that success and perhaps improving on its predecessor. I am excited that under the banner of Zero Books Doug and his cohost Jasun Horsley will open up new avenues and explore theory in an entertaining and friendly way.
Theory and Entertainment
A worthy successor to Diet Soap, Lain’s old primary podcast. It gives a good mix of Zero Book authors and people who write in a theoretical mode. It is more regular than its precursor. Good overall.
That's a note to myself. I love this podcast. But I am often reading along, and grasping to keep up with these heady conversations.