Zero Squared: Chris Vitale david letterman Left Forum Marxism Michael Steinberg Panel Praxis
Theory, Practice and Praxis was the topic of the first Zero Books panel at the Left Forum last month and this week instead of an interview you’ll hear a recording of that panel. Thanks to Michael Steinberg and his crew/family for arriving with solid audio equipment and for putting up with the interruptions and heckling that came from the moderator. Thanks also to Chris Vitale for participating.
Here’s an Excerpt from the introduction:
There are many definitions of the word Praxis that get kicked around in Marxist circles and most of them are meaningless. Often enough the word is used to signify a half baked notion of a synthesis between theory and practice, touted as a solution for the problem of sterile or academic philosophy. The idea is that people put “theory” on a pedestal when really, as Marx argued, the aim shouldn’t be to merely interpret the world, but to change it. Praxis then is the realization of this necessity, it’s a word that is often spoken with the aim of elevating practice, a word deployed meant to bring the merely practical to the level of theory, when the true insight contained in the word is how utterly entwined theory and practice are from the start.
Zero Squared: Negation neoliberalism Resilience and Melancholy Robin James
Robin James is the guest this week and we discuss her book Resilience and Melancholy which came out from Zero Books in February. Robin James is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of North Carolina and a musician.
David Webster, author of Cross the Water Blues blurbed the book. He wrote:
“At the heart of this book is a clever trick: it unmasks the seemingly frothy, passing and marginal as representative and emblematic of deeper, sinister neoliberal phenomena.”
In this episode you’ll hear from TheWellChoice youtube channel’s video “What’s Wrong with the Music Industry Today,” an accordian cover of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, an excerpt of Calvin Harris’s Sweet Nothing, a Meow Mix musical soar, and an acoustic cover of Daft Punk’s Harder, Faster, Stronger, and Henry Mancini’s theme music for the Viewer Mail segment on Late Night with David Letterman.
Double Feature Review: david letterman Jack Parr Johnny Carson Late Night Late Show melancholy Steve Allen talk show they took my show away Tonight Show
Jim Farris and I discuss the legacy of Late Night host David Letterman and the sincere melancholy and mourning we’re experiencing as an era ends.
If you too are feeling blue because your favorite TV show is now off the air, remember how Dave reacted to Jimmy when, in the 1983 After School Special “They Took My Show Away,” Jimmy proclaimed that he would never watch TV again.
“Jimmy! Don’t ever say that. Not even as a joke. I tell you what, I’ll show you the new NBC fall schedule. I have a feeling we’ll find a new show for you. Look, this one is about a chimp that lives in Washington. You know that’ll be good. Jimmy, I don’t think we have anything to worry about. This is going to be the best TV season ever!”