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.
April 22: Join us for a special live episode of Manifesto! A Podcast with special guest Vinson Cunningham to discuss Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Fairview. Event held virtually through the Fairfield University MFA program’s Inspired Writers series.
For more information: https://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/spring-2021-season-calendar/lectures/manifesto-a-podcast.html
Episode 36: The Simple Art of Murder
Jake and Phil discuss Raymond Chandler's The Simple Art of Murder, alongside Ross MacDonald's novel Black Money.
Episode 35: Did You Kill Anyone?
Jake and Phil are joined by Scott Beauchamp to discuss his new book, Did You Kill Anyone? Reunderstanding My Military Experience as a Critique of Modern Culture, and Alistair Macleod's "The Closing Down of Summer"
Scott Beauchamp, Did You Kill Anyone? Reunderstanding My Military Experience as a Critique of Modern Culture
Read an excerpt: https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/did-you-kill-anyone
Alistair Macleod, "The Closing Down of Summer"
Episode 34: Fratelli Tutti and Fairview
A special live episode of Manifesto! A Podcast courtesy of Fairfield University's Inspired Writers Series. Jake and Phil are joined by Vinson Cunningham, a theater critic and staff writer at the New Yorker, to discuss Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti and Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview.
Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti
Jackie Sibblies Drury, Fairview
Other work referenced:
Vinson Cunningham, Many and One
Episode 33: The Dream of Meritocracy Produces Monsters
Phil is joined by Eugene McCarraher, Professor of the Humanities and History at Villanova University, to discuss his article "A Providentialism Without God: The Case Against Meritocracy" as well as Goya's "The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters"
Eugene McCarraher, "A Providentialism Without God: The Case Against Meritocracy"
Goya, "The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters"
Other works discussed:
Eugene McCarraher, The Enchantments of Mammon
Michael Young, The Rise of the Meritocracy
Michael J. Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit
David Goodhart, Head, Hand, Heart
Fredrik deBoer, The Cult of Smart
William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep
Alejandro Anreus, Shades of Suffering: Goya's Graphic Imagination
Nicholas Penny, The People's Goya
Julian Bell, Teeming With Things Unknown
Episode 32: Repressive Tolerance and The Judgement
Jake and Phil are joined by Geoff Shullenberg of Outsider Theory to discuss Herbert Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance" and Franz Kafka's "The Judgement".
Herbert Marcuse, "Repressive Tolerance"
Franz Kafka, "The Judgement"
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.”
Alana Newhouse, Everything is Broken
Ani DiFranco, Living in Clip
Eugene McCarraher, Comrade Ruskin - How a Victorian visionary can save communism from Marx
Rowan Williams – Interiority and Epiphany
Fiona Williams MTV speech
Philip Roth, Sabbath's Theater
My brain has sex to this podcast!
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.
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.