Diet Soap Podcast #215: Columbo and Confession

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Peter Falk’s Columbo is the subject this week and Steven A. Michalkow returns. Steven is an editor at Former People and a podcaster in his own right as the Former People film podcast continues.

On the subject of Columbo and psychoanalysis Slavoj Zizek wrote: In the TV-series Columbo, the crime (the act of murder) is shown in detail in advance, so that the enigma to be resolved is not that of “whodunit?”, but of how the detective will establish the link between the deceitful surface (the “manifest content” of the crime scene) and the truth about the crime (its “latent thought”), how he will prove to the culprit his or her guilt. The success of Columbo thus attests to the fact that the true source of interest in the detective’s work, is the process of deciphering itself, not its result (the triumphant final revelation “And the murderer is…” is completely lacking here, since we know this from the very outset).

It’s Saturday, July 12th, 2014, and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

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Diet Soap Podcast #214: The Religion of Identity

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Amber A’Lee Frost is the guest this week and we discuss her essay “Bro Bash” which was recently published in Jacobin magazine. The essay created quite a stir in twitter social justice circles as a criticism of Sarah Kendzior was mischaracterized and this led to false accusations. Rather than try to explain the whole debacle in my own words I’m going to refer to a helpful info-graphic and I’ll provide a link to it in this week’s show notes.

This week I’d like to thank daniel w and david for their one time donations, and also thank Ted F, Jacob L, Andy Marshall, John Spillane, and John L for their regular monthly donations. And I’d like to urge regular listeners to the Diet Soap podcast to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. Also, the podcast is also available via iTunes and I urge people who enjoy this show to consider leaving a review at iTunes in lieu of a donation.

Double Feature Review Podcast: Sex is a Catch 22

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Joseph Heller’s screenplay Sex and the Single Girl and the movie version of his novel Catch 22 are put under the microscope in this episode of the Double Feature Review. Jim Farris and Douglas Lain are the hosts of what is sure to become the most important film review podcast of all time.

Back in 1964 AH Weiler, writing for the New York Times, declared that Sex and the Single Girl was “not the worst picture ever made, girls and boys. No kidding.” While in 1970 Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times that “Mike Nichols’ “Catch-22″ is a disappointment, and not simply because it fails to do justice to the Heller novel.”

Jim and Doug appreciated these movies considerably more than Weiler or Ebert appreciated the films originally. As a Double Feature the films highlight Heller’s vision despite the differences in style, mood, theme and intent.

Coming in July: The Wild Women of Wongo and Colossus and the Amazon Queen. Both are available on youtube.

Diet Soap Podcast #213: The 666ties

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Robert N Lee is the guest this week as we discuss his 666ties series of independent novellas. Robert N. Lee is an author, an editor, and a graphic designer, his website is Awesomedome.com and the cover art for this week’s episode is his work and I urge you all to take a look at the image with this week’s show notes.

I should also point out that the final collage is taken from youtube. The youtube star FarOff created the mashup you hear at the end. Here’s a link to The Bealtes vs LCD Soundsystem vs The Kinks.

This week I want to thank Daniel W for his generous donation to the podcast and urge all of you who are listening to find the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, twitter, and send me an email through my blog which is douglaslain.com.

In upcoming episodes of Diet Soap I’ll be discussing Lacan and Melanie Klein with a psychoanalyst, analyzing Columbo, discussing Feminism, Marxism, and twitter character assassinations, and, as always talking about Star Trek and Value theory.