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WAKE ISLAND IS A CONVERSATION SERIES ABOUT THE DARKENING UNDERCURRENTS OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE WITH HOSTS PAUL K AND DAVID LEO RICE 🕳️ 🐇 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/support

WAKE ISLAND Paul K

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    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

WAKE ISLAND IS A CONVERSATION SERIES ABOUT THE DARKENING UNDERCURRENTS OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE WITH HOSTS PAUL K AND DAVID LEO RICE 🕳️ 🐇 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/support

    Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé on Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions

    Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé on Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions

    Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé is a Lecturer in Digital Media Practice with the University of Southampton. She specialises in ‘monstrous’ historical fiction, adaptation, and contemporary remix culture, and she is currently interested in the digital afterlives and appropriations of historical archives and ephemera. Her book Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture (Bloomsbury 2020) examines remix culture through the lens of monster studies, and her co-edited collection Embodying Contagion: The Viropolitics of Horror and Desire in Contemporary Discourse (UWP/Open Access 2021) explores how the metaphors of outbreak narratives have infiltrated the way news media, policymakers and the general public view the real world and the people within it. Megen is also an editor of the Genealogy of the Posthuman, an Open Access initiative curated by the Critical Posthumanism Network. Read more about Megen’s work on her blog: frankenfiction.com. 

    In this conversation we get into: remix studies, Twilight, mashups, thinking about the public domain as both an unmarked grave but also a place of rebirth, The Secret Garden, China Miéville, which monsters will dominate the future zeitgeist, colonialism via steampunk, the tentacular, and our current undead state.

    Gothic Remixed offers a fresh and exciting new take on twenty-first century Gothic. It addresses texts across a range of media that have often been dismissed as parasitic or derivative and champions their significance while remaining alert to their ethical shortcomings. By showing how monstrosity becomes the animating principle of Gothic mashups, hybrid texts and 'Frankenfictions', the book sheds light on emerging forms of Gothic cultural production and provides a cohesive framework for reading the incohesive. De Bruin-Molé is working at the cutting edge of contemporary Gothic and her book will be indispensable for students and scholars with an interest in the field.

    Stitching together adaptation theory and remix studies with surgical precision, De Bruin-Molé has produced the first book on the modern monster mashup. Authoritative, insightful and immensely enjoyable, Gothic Remixed heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice to contemporary Gothic studies.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    How to Find Zodiac with Jarett Kobek

    How to Find Zodiac with Jarett Kobek

    Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. His novel I HATE THE INTERNET was an international bestseller, translated into nine languages, and published in twelve countries. His other books include: ATTA, Do Every Thing Wrong!: XXXTentacion Against the World, Only Americans Burn in Hell and The Future Won't Be Long.

    Motor Spirit: The Long Hunt for the Zodiac

    It’s 1969. Evil lurks in California.

    From a Napa County hippie child murder to Haight Street gang bangs to methamphetamine psychosis to the killing of Sharon Tate.

    Here and now, in this place and this time, it’s all gone wrong.

    And there’s something else, too.

    How to Find Zodiac

    Dear Reader,

    This is not the Zodiac speaking. The one thing that I ask of you is this, please read this book. It is called How to Find Zodiac. Being that this book is about the Zodiac, it offers a new suspect. The theory is probably correct. At the moment the theory is unproven. But the idea is a bomb waiting to go massive. Can you see the flaws in the hunting method or will you just agree and say case closed. Either way one thing is true. Zodiac can never look and seem the same after you read this book. 

    "A scruffy masterpiece of criminology. It seems to me that either Kobek's painstaking deductions are correct, or we must urgently revise the laws of probability." -Alan Moore, author of From Hell

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    • 2 hr 33 min
    Illuminating the New American Right with James Pogue

    Illuminating the New American Right with James Pogue

    James Pogue is a journalist and essayist. His first book is called Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West. 

    James recently wrote an article for Vanity Fair called Inside the New Right and it’s not only a great piece of journalism but it struck a cultural nerve. Not only did it go viral but it even got a shout out on Twitter from the likes of Jeff Bezos and Glenn Greenwald. 

    In this conversation we discuss everything from MMA’s connection to the right, to diagnosing what is happening at the margins of our flailing empire.

    We also get into: the Dillon Danis controversy, bro science/Rogan’s appeal, being skeptical of liberalism, how the left loses dynamic & questioning men, constantly beating back the devils at the gate, alienation leading to chaos, the system spinning out of control, reading the tea leaves of history and seeing techno fascism, Curtis Yarvin as a historian analyst of the left, social revolution, the aesthetics of the new right, and cool kids adopting a religious pose.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Doomed Lovers on the Run with Bud Smith

    Doomed Lovers on the Run with Bud Smith

    We talk about burning down the plantation and doomed lovers on the run. 

    BUD SMITH works heavy construction and lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is the author of Teenager (Vintage, 2022), Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018), Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press, 2017), among others. He is also a creative writing teacher and editor.

    In the intro, David and I talk about Gregg Araki's The Living End. The interview with Bud starts at 12:08.

    TEENAGER:

    Two teenagers, in love and insane, journey across the United States in this Bonnie and Clyde–like adventure, pursuing a warped American dream, where Elvis is still king and the corn dog is the “backbone of this great country.”

    PRAISE:

    “There is a typo on page 14. Other than that, this book is perfect.” —Bill Callahan

    “Teenager is a great artistic high-wire act and a gift to readers who still care about the timeless problem of young men and women finding their place together in this world—or not. Should Tella get in another stolen car with Kody and flee with him to the Montana of his imagination? Both quests are represented here, hers and his, Yin and Yang, and Smith tells it all with ecstatic wit and feeling and innocence. To have captured this duality on paper demanded more than wildness, more than heart—all of which Smith has to burn—but also will and skill and ingenuity.” —Atticus Lish, author of The War for Gloria

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    On the Cusp of Dissolution with Lindsay Lerman

    On the Cusp of Dissolution with Lindsay Lerman

    Lindsay Lerman is a writer and translator. Her new novel, WHAT ARE YOU (CLASH Books) is out now. Her first book I'm From Nowhere was published in 2019. Her essays, short stories, and poetry have been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Entropy, Hobart, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She is currently adapting her short story Real Love—which first appeared in NY Tyrant Magazine—for the screen. She is represented by Abby Walters at CAA.

    In the intro David and I talk about Pascal Laugier's MARTYRS (2008). The interview with Lindsay starts at 27:42. 

    In this conversation we get into: locating and living through the cusp of our time, the interconnection between nuance and chaos, dissolution, the unspoken rules of commodification, giving into the productivity of terror, giving yourself up to the universe, barfing into the void, celebrating the irrational, and the importance of play in the face of utility. We also talk about Bataille’s philosophy around expenditure and waste as a way to explore Lindsey’s outlook and work as an author.

    WHAT ARE YOU:

    Hypnotic, dreamlike, lyrical essays tell the story of a woman trapped in a destructive love affair with the universe. Her understanding of power, desire, and complicity must be transformed again and again. Addressed to an amorphous you, Lerman wrestles with the forces of birth and death, creation and destruction—going deep into the subterranean strata of consciousness and back. 

    PRAISE: 

    “An incantatory and hypnotic work of voice, What Are You exists at the apex of creation and destruction, desire and shame, innocence and experience, violence and tenderness, rapture and suffering, hunger and the denial of flesh. To read it is to feel the terror of falling from a great height—but wanting to; maybe even choosing to jump.” - SARAH GERARD, AUTHOR OF SUNSHINE STATE AND TRUE LOVE 

    "Passionate, dispassionate, hypnotic, deadpan, ecstatic, Lindsay Lerman's What Are You, read it now. Now." - KATHE KOJA, AUTHOR OF THE CIPHER

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Counteragent Adam Lehrer on Addiction and Crypto-Transgression

    Counteragent Adam Lehrer on Addiction and Crypto-Transgression

    Adam Lehrer is a writer and an artist living in New York. He is the founder and co-host of the System of Systems podcast, and the founder and curator of the Safety Propaganda collaborative media platform. Communions is Adam's debut book - out now from Hyperidean Press.

    Communions: Channeling hallucinated versions of dead artists and junkies, these fragments access the uncanny allure of shared experience. Elements of speculative fiction, criticism and encrypted auto-biography merge to form a disconcerting portrait of the artist as addict. Neither denunciation nor valorization, Communions is an attempt to probe the haunting singularity of opiate addiction and its ineradicable influence on art and culture.

    As a writer, Lehrer covers topics such as contemporary art, horror fiction, noise and experimental music, cinema, and left politics.

    David and I talk about the Truman Show in the intro. Interview starts at 19:25.

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    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Vincentjames ,

Weirdness and beauty

A peak behind the curtain of culture. Wake Island dissects the modern world through film, literature, art, and journalism, exemplifying the curiosity of spirit desperately needed for these dark and weird times.

Queequeg44 ,

Down a dark hole

These are the best kind of conversations. Paul’s guests are the most interesting writers and artists, and Paul knows their work so well. He’s gentle, smart and sympathetic, and leads his guests into the darkest and most fascinating places. These are conversations about the synthesis between writing and what it means to be human. Great for car journeys or long dark nights of the soul.

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A truly insightful and engaging show

This is by far my favorite literary podcast — it digs into unique and profound aspects of literary culture and uses each author’s work as a jumping off point for a riveting conversation on all manner of subjects — never predictable but always illuminating.

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