38 episodes

WAKE ISLAND IS A CONVERSATION SERIES ABOUT THE DARKENING UNDERCURRENTS OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE WITH HOSTS PAUL K AND DAVID LEO RICE ūüē≥ÔłŹ ūüźá Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wake-island/support

WAKE ISLAND Paul K

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    • 4.9 ‚ÄĘ 56 Ratings

WAKE ISLAND IS A CONVERSATION SERIES ABOUT THE DARKENING UNDERCURRENTS OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE WITH HOSTS PAUL K AND DAVID LEO RICE ūüē≥ÔłŹ ūüźá Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wake-island/support

    CHRIS ZEISCHEGG: ON ART AND UNBECOMING

    CHRIS ZEISCHEGG: ON ART AND UNBECOMING

    Christopher Zeischegg is a writer and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult industry as performer, Danny Wylde. He is the author of The Magician, Body to Job, The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, and Come to My Brother. 



    His latest book CREATION spans a decade’s worth of writing on art, violence, sex work, and friendship. Acclaimed author, Christopher Zeischegg, confronts his past narratives, cruelty in auto-fiction, pornographic ambivalence, and transformative relationship to artist, Luka Fisher.



    "Creation is¬†a stunning new collection by one of the most exciting living writers. Reading a Christopher Zeischegg book is like stepping into a dream in which anything can happen‚ÄĒhis particular combination of sex, death, beauty, and horror often feels downright transcendent." ‚ÄĒChelsea Hodson, author of¬†Tonight I'm Someone Else

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The World Below with David Peak

    The World Below with David Peak

    Last year, David Peak released "The World Below," a midwestern gothic tale intertwining two rival families whose animosity sparks amidst a ritualistic occult murder mystery, amplified by heroic doses of LSD.



    Published by Apocalypse Party, a rapidly acclaimed purveyor of top-tier horror, "The World Below" is a testament to their commitment to darkness.



    This book seamlessly blends atmosphere and narrative, achieving the rare feat of being both immersive and a page-turner. David Peak's work aligns him with horror luminaries like Brian Evenson, Clive Barker, and Poppy Z Brite.



    In this episode, we delve into reading as a psychedelic act, exploring how family feuds in small towns can evolve into an art form. We also dissect the drama and artistry of Jerry Springer, touch on the American mythology surrounding the West Memphis Three, and revel in the exhilaration of death metal and films like "Mandy."



    "A brilliant and flayed slice of Midwest gothic. While one might find traces of Poppy Z. Brite or Michael McDowell here, The World Below is wholly its own beast. Peak laces the classic premise of feuding, cursed families with high-potency LSD, forming something fresh, potent, and filled with ache."

    -B.R. Yeager, author of Negative Space



    "Violent, noir-soaked horror infuses every page of David Peak's astonishing The World Below, coiling like a serpent around love: first and lost loves, love of family and the land, love of darkness and blood. Peak mixes the most primal of emotions like an alchemist, leaving every reader transformed."

    -Livia Llewellyn, author of Furnace

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Three Nights at the Skylark Motel with Logan Berry

    Three Nights at the Skylark Motel with Logan Berry

    Every city has that motel. The motel on the edge of town, the mythical place you dare not go. Logan Berry goes there.

    In this episode, we calibrate a magical framework for understanding the world through a seance Logan conducted at the Skylark Motel. We get into cutting off spectral appendages, invoking chaos, exploring hoarder homes, practicing automatic writing, and Ultratheater.
     
    Additionally, we discuss if relentless exposure to depravity makes us evil, and why occult commerce lacks the courage of its own convictions.

    We also explore the possibility that these are the best times, or at least the only times we'll ever live in

    Logan Berry is the author of Casket Flare (Inside the Castle), Run-off Sugar Crystal Lake (11:11 Press), and Transmissions to Artaud (Selffuck). He’s a playwright and theatre director. He lives in Chicago.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Exaltations in the Dead of Night with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh Part II

    Exaltations in the Dead of Night with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh Part II

    ‚ÄúThe omnicidal will to constitute an infinite decision implies one of two things: either to kill the unfinished, or to let the unfinished kill.‚ÄĚ



    In the second part of our conversation with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh, we delve deep into the realm of unreality. We explore topics such as the labor associated with maintaining the criminal enterprise of the dream, the suffering and expenditure associated with visionary figures like Joyce Monsuer, the allure of totalitarian seduction during times marked by the predatory and sadistic behavior of those in authority, the phenomenon of NPC culture and the detachment /neutrality it brings, the banality of repressed nerds and the enduring shittiness of the metaverse. 



    Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh‚Ā† is a philosopher, literary theorist, and professor of comparative literature at Babson College. His work tracks currents of experimental thought across the so-called East and the West, with particular attention to concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, extremism, mania, disappearance, night, evil, secrecy, and apocalyptic writing. He has published nine books to date, including: ‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā†Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā† & ‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā†Night: A Philosophy of the Last World‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā† and ‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā†Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and the Future-in-Delirium‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā† & ‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā†Omnicide II: Mania, Doom, and the Future-in-Deception‚Ā†‚Ā†‚Ā†, The Chaotic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Inflictions (Continuum, 2012); The Radical Unspoken (Routledge, 2013); Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian (SUNY, 2015);

    He is also the founding director of the Future Studies Program (www.futurestudiesprogram.com), Programmer of Transdisciplinary Studies for the New Centre for Research & Practice, and co-editor of the "Futures Theory" and "Suspensions" book series (Bloomsbury).



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Exaltations in the Dead of Night with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh Part I

    Exaltations in the Dead of Night with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh Part I

    "Every storyteller harbours a secret desire to be the one who tells the last story, just as every maniac wishes to inscribe the last fateful madness on earth."



    In this episode with Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh we walk with vertigo to summon the authors who play at the borders of insanity and intoxication. We get into the territories of the night and mania, both of which are the premise of Jason's most recent books: Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark & Night: A Philosophy of the Last World and Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and the Future-in-Delirium & Omnicide II: Mania, Doom, and the Future-in-Deception.



    Topics discussed include: exploring the dark poetics of the avant-garde, forbidden literature, and the final words of poets that lean into the dark and speak in apocalyptic tones, manic obsession, cosmic intoxication, opium dreams, mania redeeming nihilism, standing on the threshold of the abyss, embracing relentlessness as an aesthetic to achieve undeniability, and shunning sanity in favor of embracing madness.



    Omnicide is ‚ÄúA captivating fractal of¬†conceptual prisms in half-storytelling, half-theoretical prose, a rhythmic, poetic, insidious work that commands submission,¬†Omnicide¬†absorbs the reader into unfamiliar and estranging landscapes whose every¬†subtle euphoric¬†aspect¬†threatens to become an irresistible invitation to the end of all things.‚ÄĚ



    Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh's¬†Omnicide¬†offers readers a view into a unique philosophy of delirium, mania, and vitalist annihilation: the startling revelation that everything that is, should not be.¬†Omnicide¬†is a singular kind of taxonomy, a teratology of thought-creatures that dovetails around his chosen writers, from the revelatory self-abnegation of Forugh Farrokhzad to Sadeq Hedayat, the¬†po√®te maudite¬†of modern Iran. These and other ‚Äúpoets of the lost cause‚ÄĚ come together in a compelling book that is a strange hybrid of Aristotle's Categories, Borges's¬†Book of Imaginary Beings, and the¬†Necronomicon.

    ‚ÄēEugene Thacker, author of¬†Infinite Resignation¬†and¬†In the Dust of This Planet



    Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh is a philosopher, literary theorist, and professor of comparative literature at Babson College. His work tracks currents of experimental thought across the so-called East and the West, with particular attention to concepts of chaos, violence, illusion, silence, extremism, mania, disappearance, night, evil, secrecy, and apocalyptic writing. He has published nine books to date, including: The Chaotic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Inflictions (Continuum, 2012); The Radical Unspoken (Routledge, 2013); Insurgent, Poet, Mystic, Sectarian (SUNY, 2015); Omnicide: Mania, Fatality, and the Future-In-Delirium (MIT/ Urbanomic/ Sequence, 2019); and, Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark (Zero Books, 2019); Omnicide II: Mania, Doom, and the Future-In-Deception (MIT/Urbanomic/Sequence, 2022); and Night II: A Philosophy of the Last World (Zero Books, 2022).

    He is also the founding director of the Future Studies Program (www.futurestudiesprogram.com), Programmer of Transdisciplinary Studies for the New Centre for Research & Practice, and co-editor of the "Futures Theory" and "Suspensions" book series (Bloomsbury).



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    • 57 min
    Jack Riccobono - Amityville: An Origin Story

    Jack Riccobono - Amityville: An Origin Story

    Enter the Amity-verse with Wake Island.



    In this episode we get into channeling dark energy from the media vortex surrounding America’s most infamous haunted house in Amityville, Long Island.



    In addition we also talk about: Hauntings as a manifestation of trauma, the mythology-making behind the nearly 50-year Amityville horror house phenomenon, demonic media spectacles, the allure and menace of the suburbs, and the reality and fantasy of demonic possession.



    Jack Riccobono’s new series, Amityville: An Origin Story, is now streaming on MGM+. Riccobono has written & directed a wide range of narrative, documentary and commercial work across the five boroughs of his native New York City and around the world, from Moscow to Shanghai to Freetown, often exploring hidden subcultures and the complexities of the human soul. His critically acclaimed feature documentary The Seventh Fire, from executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and received a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

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    • 2 hr 22 min

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4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

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Perfect combination of culture and politics

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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.

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