I'm caught up in the last rewrite of my book "Billy Moon: 1968" which will be out from Tor Books next year, and did not get a chance to edit together an interview of my own, so this week Diet Soap has been replaced by a rerun from another program, the Science Fiction Interview show Hour 25. This is a conversation between Philip K. Dick and Mike Hodel which was recorded In 1977, just before the release of A Scanner Darkly. This interview is also available on youtube. For more information about Philip K. Dick check out philipkdick.com As to Hour 25, here's some information from Wikipedia: Hour 25 was a radio program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science. It was broadcast on Pacifica radio station KPFK in Southern California from 1972 to 2000, and is now distributed over the Internet. It has featured numerous interviews with famous authors of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to luminaries of the scientific community. The program was originally hosted by Mike Hodel. Harlan Ellisonwas a regular host for a time in the mid-1980s, as well as J. Michael Straczynski. The show is now hosted by Warren James. On the website, in addition to new programs, there is an extensive archive of older shows featuring interviews with popular authors, including Terry Pratchett, Larry Niven, Laurie R. King, Frank Kelly Freas, and Neil Gaiman.
This week instead of an interview on this or that facet of our Late Capitalist crisis you'll get the next lecture for the Diet Soap Philosophy Workshop on Hegel. This lecture takes the form of a conversation with my son Benjamin about Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit as well as two films by the director David Fincher. We discuss "the Game" and "Fight Club" in an effort to understand SenseCertainty, Perception, and the force of the dialectic. Whether we arrive at self-consciousness by the end I can't say, however we do end up shooting ourselves in the face. I want to thank all the current members of the Diet Soap Philosophy Writers Workshop as well as Terry Tapp who donated to the podcast. If you'd like to join next week's workshop, which so far is mostly just a two hour Talkshoe conversation on Hegel as well as membership to a secret Facebook Group, please become a subscriber. I have eight spaces open for paying members, and three spaces open if you feel you can't afford to pay but want to join in. Donations of $6 or more entitle you to a copy of my novella Wave of Mutilation (and I'll continue on reading that book on the podcast if anyone asks me to) and subscribers to the workshop will also receive a copy of that book while supplies last. Next week I hope to be able to put together a podcast on Lefebvre and the Production of Space, however I am currently rewriting that novel for Tor that has been in the works since, hell, 1968 maybe? I promise to put something up next week, something other than another Rick Roderick lecture, and soon we'll be back to the regular flow.
Philosopher and rhetor Daniel Coffeen returns and repeats on the podcast this week and we discuss the french philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Also featured this week are clips from a Carlos Castaneda interview circa 1969 and sound collages about Bishop George Berkeley and perception. Miriam presents a Titanic factoid. In Lain household news the chickens are laying again.
This is a special edition of Diet Soap podcast, a follow-up episode to #90 that fits in with the themes in the last One Thousand Words podcast about Edouard Manet's Luncheon on the Grass. If you recall in that episode Ben and I ended up discussing Henri Lefebvre's idea of the Production of Space, and that same idea is the subject we take on in this episode.
This week's podcast is numbered Zero. After nearly a month on hiatus I felt it would be appropriate to put together a reintroduction to the podcast for both new and old listeners. The subject this week is the Ideology of Mister Rogers and both Benjamin and Miriam chime in with comments. This essay/collage is an excerpt from the Pick Your Battle book that is tentatively scheduled to be released in late January of 2011. Also featured this week is Chris Isto White's "Footsteps in My Head" off his album "Let's Get Friendly" which is available on iTunes.
This week you'll be hearing the second half of a conversation with Professor Adrian Johnston the author of Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity. We'll discuss the various ways philosophy can intersect with and help reshape everyday life and attempts to change it. Part two of my essay on the ontology of Project Blue Beam, which is an excerpt from the Pick Your Battle book project, some excerpts from Zizek's lectures, along with a Titanic factoid can also be heard.
The guest this week is Professor Adrian Johnston the author of the book Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity. We discuss Zizek's ontology, along with the ontological and epistemological ideas in the works of John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Bishop George Berkeley, and that big German guy Hegel. My son Benjamin appears briefly to discuss the movie Tron, and Miriam presents the Titanic factoid.
Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is on again this week as we conclude our discussion of his book Art, Life, and UFOs. We delve into the abduction subject this time, and even discuss some of my own unusual dreams from childhood. Chris Isto White's "Let's Build a Sandcastle to the Moon" is heard, along with Steve Reich's Violin Phase, the Blue Danube, and the theme from the original Day the Earth Stood Still. I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to my kickstarter campaign instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" (or if you prefer to get a story about alien abductions I'll send you my story "Music Lessons" if you email me the request). If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. This week during the Titanic Factoid Miriam answers listener mail.
Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is the guest this week. We discuss his book Art, Life, and UFOs and focus on art for the first part of what turned into a two part interview. We talk about Jackson Pollack, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Piet Mondrian, the Suprematists, Surrealists, and more. After receiving a great response to my offer to give my story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" as a thank you for donations I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to this kickstarter proposal instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story. If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. Also please listen to this week's Titanic Factoid.