Nostalgia Trap features weekly conversations about history and politics with some of the left’s most incisive thinkers, writers, and extremely online personalities.
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 298: Reefer Sadness w/ Freddie deBoer (TEASER)
This week Freddie deBoer joins me to talk about his recent Substack piece “Smoking Weed Doesn’t Feel Good for Me Anymore, and It Hasn’t for a Long Time,” exploring how cannabis legalization, stronger weed, and just plain getting older have caused us both to interrogate our personal weed consumption and stoner identities. This conversation touches on the politics of criminalization, peer pressure, stoner culture, mental health, grief, weed and the left, and lots more, as we try to come to terms with marijuana’s complicated role in our lives and in the wider world. To hear the full episode: patreon.com/posts/episode-298-w-57598306
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 296: Good Grief, Part Two w/ Yasmin Nair (TEASER)
Part Two of our conversation with Yasmin Nair on death and grief in the COVID era. Check out Yasmin’s incredible archive of writing, including many of the pieces discussed in this episode, here: yasminnair.com.
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 297: Cure-Pilled w/ Andrew Schustek
Andrew Schustek joins us to discuss the extraordinary Japanese horror film Cure (1997), one of a number of unbelievably prescient works directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa that take on the nightmarish social and political reality of Japan’s “lost decades.” In this conversation, we explain why Cure stands alone, as both a unique piece of horror craftsmanship and an endlessly frightening exploration of the connections between political economy and the unbridled murder lust simmering just beneath the surface of “ordinary” men and women.
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 295: Good Grief, Part One w/ Yasmin Nair
The one and only Yasmin Nair joins us this week for a wide-ranging discussion on a topic near and dear to all of us: death. In Part One of our conversation, we talk about how the politics of COVID have created a cruel public theater that showcases American culture’s deeply weird, and deeply disturbing, attitudes about death, grief, and what we owe to each other. This two-parter is quite openly a Nostalgia Trap therapy session, as Yasmin and I each process the loss of close friends in the context of intense global heartbreak.
Listen to Part Two here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57076725
The Contrarian w/ Max Chafkin
Max Chafkin is an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek whose new book, The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power tells the unbelievable true story of Peter Thiel’s rise to power through strategic investment and control over massive tech firms. From his assassination of Gawker (remember the Hulk Hogan lawsuit? Thiel funded it.) to his manipulation of Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook algorithm, Thiel has emerged as an enigmatic, arguably sinister force in American politics and media.
Nostalgia Trap - Episode 293: Cuomosexuality w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (TEASER)
Justin joins us to talk about Ross Barkan’s incredible book The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York, as we discuss some of the wilder implications of Cuomo’s sickening “daddy” image among liberals, who fell in love with a television image curated for their pleasure. In this conversation Justin finally defines his oft-uttered phrase “queer your Marx” and throws out some uncomfortable questions for the left to confront: Why do we need daddies? What kind of sick people are we anyway? Listen to the full episode here: patreon.com/posts/episode-293-w-56427764
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