31 episodes

Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men who had stopped making myths turned to issuing commandments.
Your guides for this journey are the writers Phil Klay and Jacob Siegel, along with their trusty engineer, the indefatigable Adam Chimera.
May you continue to be a person.

Manifesto‪!‬ Manifesto! A Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men who had stopped making myths turned to issuing commandments.
Your guides for this journey are the writers Phil Klay and Jacob Siegel, along with their trusty engineer, the indefatigable Adam Chimera.
May you continue to be a person.

    Episode 31: Everything is Broken

    Episode 31: Everything is Broken

    Jake and Phil are joined by Alana Newhouse to discuss her essay “Everything Is Broken” and the Ani DiFranco live album “Living in Clip.”


    The Manifesto:
    Alana Newhouse, Everything is Broken
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/everything-is-broken


    The Art:
    Ani DiFranco, Living in Clip
    https://anidifranco.bandcamp.com/album/living-in-clip


    Works Mentioned:
    Eugene McCarraher, Comrade Ruskin - How a Victorian visionary can save communism from Marx
    https://www.plough.com/en/topics/justice/comrade-ruskin


    Rowan Williams – Interiority and Epiphany
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-0025.00030


    Fiona Williams MTV speech
    https://hiddenremote.com/2016/08/11/mtv-vmas-tbt-fiona-apples-blunt-speech-still-matters/


    Philip Roth, Sabbath's Theater
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/158029/sabbaths-theater-by-philip-roth/

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode 30: King Lear or Endgame or Psalm

    Episode 30: King Lear or Endgame or Psalm

    Jake and Phil discuss Jan Kott's "King Lear or Endgame" and George Oppen's "Psalm."


    The Manifesto:


    Jan Kott, "King Lear or Endgame"
    https://t.co/L9FRGoRD3L?amp=1


    The Art:
    George Oppen's "Psalm"
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/29449/psalm-56d212ff620c5

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 29: What Were We Thinking

    Episode 29: What Were We Thinking

    Jake and Phil are joined by Carlos Lozada to discuss his new book, What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, and the chapter "Decent People" from Garth Greenwell's Cleanness.


    The Manifesto:
    Carlos Lozada, What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/What-Were-We-Thinking/Carlos-Lozada/9781982145620


    The Art:
    Garth Greenwell, "Decent People"
    https://thesewaneereview.com/articles/decent-people

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Episode 28: They Will Eat the CIA Men First

    Episode 28: They Will Eat the CIA Men First

    This week Jake and Phil are joined by special guest Jesse Walker of Reason Magazine to discuss William S. Burroughs The Revised Boy Scout Manual and Charles Ridley's short anti-Nazi propaganda film,  Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk (assisted by the Gestapo 'Hep-Cats')    


    The Manifesto: William S. Burroughs, The Revised Boy Scout Manual
    https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814254899.html


    The Art: Charles Ridley, 1941, Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk (assisted by the Gestapo 'Hep-Cats')  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYdmk3GP3iM


    Works discussed


    Jesse Walker, The Sultan of Sewers: William Burroughs' anti-authoritarian vision
    https://reason.com/2014/06/04/the-sultan-of-sewers/


    Naked Lunch
    https://groveatlantic.com/book/naked-lunch/


    Hunter S. Thompson, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved
    https://grantland.com/features/looking-back-hunter-s-thompson-classic-story-kentucky-derby/


    Jacob Siegel, Digital fascism: anti-PC idol-smashing isn’t just a joke
    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/internet-alt-right-fascists


    Susan Sontag, Fascinating Fascism
    https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1975/02/06/fascinating-fascism/


    Jack Kerouac, On The Road
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/300451/on-the-road-by-jack-kerouac/


    Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, Please Kill Me
    https://pleasekillme.com/shop/autographed-paperback-20-anniversary-edition-please-kill-me/


    Jacob Siegel, Send Anarchists, Guns and Money
    https://thebaffler.com/salvos/anarchists-guns-and-money-siegel


    Jon Baskin, The Unbearable: Toward an Antifascist Aesthetic
    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/08/14/the-unbearable-toward-an-antifascist-aesthetic/

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 27: The Owl of Minerva Trots at Dusk

    Episode 27: The Owl of Minerva Trots at Dusk

    Phil and Jake are joined by Ian Marcus Corbin to discuss Joseph Conrad's Preface and Saul Bellow's "Mosby's Memoirs"


    The Manifesto:
    Conrad, The Preface
    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/17731/17731-h/17731-h.htm#link2H_PREF


    The Art:
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1968/07/20/mosbys-memoirs

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Episode 26: On Pain and on Fallujah Revisited

    Episode 26: On Pain and on Fallujah Revisited

    Jake and Phil are joined by Elliot Ackerman to discuss Ernst Junger’s 1934 essay On Pain, alongside Elliot’s A Battle in Fallujah, Revisited, an excerpt of his memoir, Places and Names.


    The Manifesto
    Ernst Junger, On Pain
    https://www.amazon.com/Pain-Ernst-J%C3%BCnger/dp/0914386409


    The Art
    Elliot Ackerman, A Battle in Fallujah, Revisted
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/25/opinion/memorial-day-falluja.html
    (adapted from Places and Names)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/580119/places-and-names-by-elliot-ackerman/


    Works cited


    Junger, Storm of Steel


    Junger, Battle as an Inner Experience


    Junger, Total Mobilization


    Junger, The Worker


    Junger, Eumeswil


    Junger, On the Marble Cliffs


    Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War
    https://groveatlantic.com/book/what-it-is-like-to-go-to-war/


    Sam Adler-Bell, Surviving Amazon
    https://logicmag.io/bodies/surviving-amazon/


    Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society


    Jacob Siegel, Send Anarchists, Guns and Money
    https://thebaffler.com/salvos/anarchists-guns-and-money-siegel


    Elliot Ackerman, Red Dress in Black and White
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/576747/red-dress-in-black-and-white-by-elliot-ackerman/

    • 1 hr 32 min

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Discussing ideas I can’t stop thinking about

Interesting perspectives met with qualified, well thought out opinions and topics worth talking about. I have been completely won over by these conversations. There is more in each episode than I found in any of my college literature or philosophy classes. Would love to hear an episode on the book Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton if it is considered a manifesto.

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Great hosts and subjects

Great listen. Some of the writing/art featured is short and freely accessible, so I try to read/look up their subjects whenever the new episodes come out. But, even when I can’t do the homework prior to listening, the hosts do a great job of contextualizing the material into a broader philosophical and cultural context. That makes each episode interesting, even if I’m not up on the material. If you’re a reader or a deep thinker, this podcast may compel you to pick up some new books or essays, even if you’re mostly a passive consumer of scripted television and digital media, like me.

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