66 episodes

Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men and women who 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, Jacqui Rigazio
May you continue to be a person.
Manifesto! Is now sponsored by Fairfield University, a Jesuit University in Fairfield Connecticut. Fairfield’s mission is to develop the creative intellectual potential of students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Phil also teaches at Fairfield, in both their undergraduate English department and in their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. We’re very pleased to be associated with Fairfield, and thank them for their sponsorship.

Manifesto‪!‬ Manifesto! A Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 114 Ratings

Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men and women who 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, Jacqui Rigazio
May you continue to be a person.
Manifesto! Is now sponsored by Fairfield University, a Jesuit University in Fairfield Connecticut. Fairfield’s mission is to develop the creative intellectual potential of students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Phil also teaches at Fairfield, in both their undergraduate English department and in their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. We’re very pleased to be associated with Fairfield, and thank them for their sponsorship.

    Episode 66: Hobbits, Goblins and the Very Adult World of Fairy-Stories

    Episode 66: Hobbits, Goblins and the Very Adult World of Fairy-Stories

    Jake and Phil are joined by the novelist and chronicler of post-secular religious movements, Tara Isabella Burton, to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's 1939 essay “On Fairy-Stories” and Christina Rossetti's 1862 poem, "Goblin Market."


    The manifesto:
    https://ieas-szeged.hu/downtherabbithole/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Tolkien-On-Fairy-Stories.pdf


    The Art:
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44996/goblin-market


    Tara's new novel, Here In Avalon:
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Here-in-Avalon/Tara-Isabella-Burton/9781982170097

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 65: Orwell and Ukraine

    Episode 65: Orwell and Ukraine

    Phil and Jake are joined by the Matt Gallagher, author of Daybreak, to discuss George Orwell's "Looking Back on the Spanish War", and Benjamin Busch's photographs from Ukraine, "Nine Dialogues: Conflict in Context"


    The Manifesto:
    George Orwell, "Looking Back on the Spanish War"
    https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/looking-back-on-the-spanish-war/


    The Art:
    Benjamin Busch, "Nine Dialogues: Conflict in Context"
    https://www.wlajournal.com/copy-of-busch-gallery


    Ben's hair:
    https://lthumb.lisimg.com/939/13342939.jpg?width=280&sharpen=true

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 64: Power of the Powerless and the Velvet Underground

    Episode 64: Power of the Powerless and the Velvet Underground

    Jake and Phil are joined by the novelist and essayist Jared Marcel Pollen to discuss Vaclav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless” and The Velvet Underground’s second album, White Light/White Heat


    The Manifesto:
    https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/wp-content/uploads/1979/01/the-power-of-the-powerless.pdf


    The Art:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJy0LP8iYPg&list=PLaVHibd49QFIsKywss9Jh0rati5skWEYD


    Jared's essay, The Metaphysician-in-Chief, in Liberties
    https://libertiesjournal.com/articles/the-metaphysician-in-chief/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 63: How Money Culture Hurts the American Family and Girls

    Episode 63: How Money Culture Hurts the American Family and Girls

    Jake and Phil discuss "How Money Culture Hurts the American Family," by Ian Marcus Corbin, and episode seven of the first season of Girls


    The Manifesto:
    Ian Marcus Corbin, "How Money Culture Hurts the American Family"
    https://www.capita.org/money-culture


    Girls, Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident
    https://www.hbo.com/girls/season-1/7-welcome-to-bushwick-a-k-a-the-crackcident

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 62: Last Men and Women: George Scialabba and the Challenge of Modernity

    Episode 62: Last Men and Women: George Scialabba and the Challenge of Modernity

    Jake and Phil are joined live at Fairfield University by the great critic and essayist George Scialabba to discuss Last Men and Women


    At a time of war, impending ecological disaster, and partisan rage, our commitments to the modern, liberal order are being questioned like never before. Do we understand ourselves best as individuals or as members of a community? Must we renew our absolute commitment to political freedoms, or accept greater state control to deal with the dangers and allures of new technologies? Should the future be post-liberal, neo-liberal, or some other, perhaps more frightening and electrifying possibility? For the past forty-four years the critic George Scialabba has been engaging in arguments with both the critics and proponents of modernity, staking out a commitment to liberty and mass democracy even in light of powerful challenges.


    On December 4th at 4:30pm George Scialabba will join Phil Klay and Jacob Siegel for a live recording of Manifesto! A Podcast. The three will discuss the price we pay for modern liberalism, and George’s commitment to it nonetheless (the essay “Last Men and Women,” originally for Commonweal Magazine and included in his latest book, Only A Voice, published by Verso Books, outlines the basics of his argument)


    https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/last-men-and-women


    George Scialabba is the quintessential critic’s critic, an outrageously learned and subtle thinker whose stylish, witty and elegantly argued reviews have served as guides to the modern age for generations of writers and intellectuals. Christopher Hitchens, Norman Rush, James Wood, and Vivian Gornick have all declared themselves devotees—while Richard Rorty declared his essays “models of moral inquiry.” An award-winning essayist and critic, his writing has appeared in the Nation, Dissent, bookforum, Riritan, n+1, and the Boston Review among many others. He is a Contributing Editor at the Baffler and the author of six essay collections and a memoir, How to Be Depressed.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 61: Red Music and Mal Waldron

    Episode 61: Red Music and Mal Waldron

    Jake and Phil discuss Josef Skvorecky's "Red Music," an account of playing jazz under Nazism and Communism, alongside Mal Waldron's "Mal Waldron Plays Erik Satie"


    The Manifesto:
    Josef Skvorecky, "Red Music"
    https://harpers.org/archive/1986/03/red-music/


    The Art:
    Mal Waldron, "Mal Waldron Plays Erik Satie"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juNNxsUXvQw

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

C Graybs ,

Essential

Thank you Jake and Phil for taking the time to record this latest episode.

Evilone94 ,

Probably the best podcast

Not a lot of media out there as curious, challenging, and mind expanding as this, in any form.

FOCKING ADSSS ,

Very good

A lot of intellectual and informative media these days is overly nihilistic, depressing, and politically extremist. This is none of those.

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