Diet Soap Podcast #212: The Imperial Risk


Margaret Kimberley discusses imperialism on this week’s episode. A regular columnist for the Black Agenda Report, Margaret Kimberley is also a regular guest on the podcast, and we discuss Imperialism, the Ukraine, and the game of Risk that is Capitalism.

It’s Friday, June 6th, 2014, and I’m Douglas Lain the host of this podcast.

I want to thank my regular donors. This week Andy Marshall, Jacob L, John Spillane, Ted F, and John L paid for the hosting of Diet Soap on podomatic and In addition I want to thank Felix B for his one time donation. Thanks, Felix!

Those regular listeners who have yet to donate to Diet Soap, this summer would be a good time. My hours have been cut at the Symphony because this our slow season, so any extra donations would be much appreciated. This reduction in my work hours also means I’ll have more time to dedicate to this podcast as well as to the new Double Feature Review podcast and to Zero Time, a podcast that I’m putting together for Zero Books. If you like the sound of my voice for some strange reason you’ll have three places to hear it.

Again I want to thank Margaret Kimberley for coming on the show again. While it’s true that even after this episode I am still wrestling with the idea of Imperialism (I don’t know how well what I think of as Imperialism fits with my wannabe Marxism and my dogged focus on exploitation, the means of production, Value, and all the rest) talking to Kimberley is always a joy.

Double Feature Review #2: Dredding Red Dawn


Red Dawn 2012 and Dredd are the two films for this month’s Double Feature Review podcast with Jim Farris and Douglas Lain. It’s landing here, on the Diet Soap podcast feed, but will also be getting its own RSS feed this week. Again, Jim Farris is a grumpy old man with a history in Hollywood whose knowledge of movies and movie history is extensive and Douglas Lain is this guy Jim knows.

A quick Synopsis: Doug enjoyed Dredd a bit more than Jim did while both lamented the existence of Red Dawn. Some topics discussed include Gilles Deleuze’s notion of affective filmmaking and the noble history of product placement in cinema.

From Red Dawn:

Matt Eckert: We’re not doing too bad for a bunch of kids. We’re gonna fight, and we’re gonna keep fighting, because it’s easier now. And we’re used to it. The rest of you are going to have a tougher choice. Because we’re not going to sell it to you. It’s too ugly for that. But when you’re fighting in your own backyard, when you’re fighting for your family, it all hurts a little less, and makes a little more sense. Because for them, this is just a place. But for us, this is our home.
Prisoners: [repeatedly chanting in open rebellion against guards before liberation] Wolverines!

17 May 2014, 7:27pm


Diet Soap Podcast Special: Modernity, the Cage, Star Trek


Modernity and Star Trek is the subject this week as my son Benjamin joins me on the podcast. I’m making slow progress on “How to Watch Star Trek (a geek’s guide to modern life)” for Zero Books and I thought, as motivation, I’d start recording these conversational summaries as I go along. This week we talked, for a short while, about what modernity is, the death of God, Descartes, and the pilot episode of Star Trek entitled “The Cage.”

Diet Soap Podcast #211: The Concept of Meta


“Meta” is the topic this week as Daniel Coffeen and I discuss his essay Meta Shmeta: Postmodernity, & the False Metaphor of the Fourth Wall. Coffeen is a regular guest on Diet Soap.

Per the Urban Dictionary “Meta” is a term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.

I want to thank John L for donating and to encourage you, the person who is listening, who has listened for years, but who has yet to donate, to find the paypal buttons at and help out. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or find my dead myspace page and listen some groovy Midis I uploaded in 2002.

Upcoming episodes of Diet Soap will include conversations with Jason Horsley, Margaret Kimberley, Robert Lee, and more. The second Double Feature Review podcast with Jim Farris is coming and I’ll be doing a Zero Books Podcast with David blacker. That one is tentatively titled Zero Time and should be out in June.