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 Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station, a clip of a cover of Kim Wilde’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.

Zero Squared #11: Marxist Entertainment


Andrew Kliman is the guest this week and we discuss his essay at the New Left Project entitled “Harvey Versus Marx On Capitalism’s Crises Part 1: Getting Marx Wrong.” The Harvey in this essay is the prominent Marxist Geographer David Harvey and not Harvey the rabbit, just in case you’re wondering.

It’s Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

In the last week or so I’ve talked to several Zero Authors including Chris O’Leary (author of Rebel Rebel) and Eugene Thacker (author of In the Dust of this Planet, Starry Speculative Corpse, and Tentacles Longer than Night). In the weeks to come I hope to talk to Aaron Leonard (co-author of Heavy Radicals: The FBIs secret war on American Maoists) as well as Daniela Cascella (author of Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound), Robert Jackson (author of Bioshock) and many, many others.

In this episode you’ll be hearing clips from the Big Chill, Slavoj Zizek, Brendan Cooney, Nirvana and the Piano Cat, a clip from Tom O’Brien’s interview with Thom Workman, the history of cell phone commercials, and an instrumental version of a Whiter Shade of Pale. Right now you’re listening to the theme from Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life” but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Brendan Cooney explaining the Declining Rate of Profit and then you’ll hear Andrew Kliman and I discuss Marxist Entertainment.