Zero Squared #13: Heavy Radicals


Aaron Leonard is the guest this week and we discuss his book Heavy Radicals which was published by Zero Books in February. With the subtile: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists, Aaron Leonard’s book covers Maoism in America from the 60s through to 1980.

Sarah Khan at the Washington Book Review praised the book.

“Heavy Radicals is an excellent addition to the literature on the history of revolutionary groups which played important roles in the 1960s and 1970s. It is the first comprehensive and complete history of … the Revolutionary Union. It is a well-researched book which fills the gap created by the absence of historical literature on an important period in the history of the United States.”

In this episode you’ll hear a clips from Bob Avakian, the American propaganda film “What is Communism,” the 1963 instrumental hit Pipeline by the Chantays, Mario Savio at Sproul Hall in 1964, Andrew Kliman, a String Quartet cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and the aria “I am the wife of Mao Tse-Tung” from John Adam’s opera Nixon in China as well as John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.”

Zero Squared #12: Rebel Rebel


Chris O’Leary is the guest this week and we discuss his book Rebel Rebel which is coming from Zero Books in two days. With the tag line: “Every single song. Everything you want to know, everything you didn’t know” the book catalogs all of Bowie’s songs from 1964 through 1976.

The Cultural Critic Mark Dery (author of All the Young Dudes:Why Glam Rock Matters) sent me a blurb for O’Leary and I’ll read it now:

Marooned in ’70s suburbia, I and countless weirdos like me awaited every new Bowie record as a deep-space ping from a world where weird ruled—proof that there really was life on Mars, if not in tract-home sprawl. To date, what passes for thoughtful inquiry into the polymorphous, polyvalent phenomenon that is David Bowie has consisted almost entirely of potted biographies and coffee-table photo albums. At last, the Homo Superior gets the exegesis he deserves: Rebel Rebel is the Lipstick Traces of Bowie studies, and Chris O’Leary its unchallenged dean.

I should also point out that you can win a copy of O’Leary’s book by entering the fictional Bowie lyric contest at, and I’ll put a link to that in the show notes.

In this episode you’ll hear a clip from the Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station, a clip of a cover of Kim Wilyde’s The Kids in America done by Nirvana, David Bowie with Bing Crosby from Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, an Andy Warhol/David Bowie interview juxtaposition and Bowie’s Warszawa played on a Minimoog by the youtube star orchestron.

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In the Shadow of the Towers Table of Contents (could still be revised a bit)


In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in the Post 9/11 World
set to be published in Sept, 2015
Night Shade Books/Skyhorse books

Section One: The Dead
There’s a Hole in the City – Richard Bowes
My Eyes Your, Your Ears – Ray Vukcevich
Beyond the Flags – Kris Saknussemm
Beautiful Stuff – Susan Palwick

Section Two: Reaction and Repetition
Excerpt from Zenith Angle – Bruce Sterling
Our Lady of Toledo Transmission – Rob McCleary
Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill – Kelly Robson
Retribution – Tim Marquitz
Until Forgiveness Comes – K Tempest Bradford
Pipeline – Brian Aldiss

Section Three: The New Normal
Excerpt from Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
Unexpected Outcomes – Tim Pratt
Out of My Sight, Out of My Mind – David Friedman
Closing Time – Jack Ketchum

Section Four: Civilization?
The Last Apollo Mission – Douglas Lain
Giliad – Gregory Feeley
Apologue – James Morrow

Double Feature Review: Transatlantic Suburbia


Jim Farris is grumpy as we discuss His Girl Friday and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House on this week’s Double Feature Review podcast. There is a long debate about the existence or non-existence of the Trans-Atlantic Accent as well as clips from How the West Was Won, Popeye, and an 1964 advertisement for Lux Soap.

Here is a definition of a Trans-Atlantic accent as per Wikipedia:

Mid-Atlantic accent (also known as Transatlantic English[citation needed]) is a cultivated or acquired version of the English language once found in certain aristocratic elements of American society and taught for use in the American theatre. It is not a vernacular typical of any location, but a blend of American English and British English without favoring either.

Mid-Atlantic speech patterns and vocabulary are also used by some Anglophone expatriates, many adopting certain features of the accent of their place of residence. It was formerly used by American actors who adopted some features of British pronunciation until the mid-1960s. The terms “Transatlantic”[citation needed] and “Mid-Atlantic” are sometimes used in Britain to refer, often critically, to the speech of British public figures (often in the entertainment industry) who affect a quasi-American accent.