36 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.
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

Manifesto‪!‬ Manifesto! A Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 89 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.
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

    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.


    The Manifesto:
    http://jacksharman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Raymond-Chandler-Simple-Art-of-Murder.pdf


    The Art:
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/105230/black-money-by-ross-macdonald/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 35: Did You Kill Anyone?

    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"


    The Manifesto:
    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


    The Art:
    Alistair Macleod, "The Closing Down of Summer"
    https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393341188

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 34: Fratelli Tutti and Fairview

    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.


    The Manifesto:
    Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti
    http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html


    Jackie Sibblies Drury, Fairview
    https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/jackie-sibblies-drury


    Other work referenced:


    Vinson Cunningham, Many and One
    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/many-and-one-0

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 33: The Dream of Meritocracy Produces Monsters

    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"


    The Manifesto:
    Eugene McCarraher, "A Providentialism Without God: The Case Against Meritocracy"
    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/providentialism-without-god


    The Art:
    Goya, "The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sleep_of_Reason_Produces_Monsters#/media/File:Francisco_Jos%C3%A9_de_Goya_y_Lucientes_-_The_sleep_of_reason_produces_monsters_(No._43),_from_Los_Caprichos_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg


    Other works discussed:
    Eugene McCarraher, The Enchantments of Mammon
    https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674984615


    Michael Young, The Rise of the Meritocracy
    https://www.routledge.com/The-Rise-of-the-Meritocracy/Young/p/book/9781560007043


    Michael J. Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit
    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374289980


    David Goodhart, Head, Hand, Heart
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Head-Hand-Heart/David-Goodhart/9781982128470


    Fredrik deBoer, The Cult of Smart
    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250200372


    William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep
    https://billderesiewicz.com/books/excellent-sheep/


    Alejandro Anreus, Shades of Suffering: Goya's Graphic Imagination
    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/shades-suffering


    Nicholas Penny, The People's Goya
    https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v26/n18/nicholas-penny/the-people-s-goya


    Julian Bell, Teeming With Things Unknown
    https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/10/08/francisco-goya-teeming-things-unknown/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 32: Repressive Tolerance and The Judgement

    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".


    The Manifesto:
    Herbert Marcuse, "Repressive Tolerance"
    https://www.marcuse.org/herbert/publications/1960s/1965-repressive-tolerance-fulltext.html


    The Art:
    Franz Kafka, "The Judgement"
    https://www.kafka-online.info/-the-judgement.html

    • 2 hr 7 min
    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

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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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