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.

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.

Diet Soap Podcast #212: The Imperial Risk

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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 bluebrry.com. 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.