The guest this week is Dr. Jason Adams. Jason Adams is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Global Center for Advanced Studies and the author of the book Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy, and Resistance after Occupy Wall Street, a book that came out from Palgrave late last year. Jason and I discussed the difference between what is happening now and what is instantaneous or immediate, we talked about resistance as opposed to revolution and, at my insistence, we talked about time travel.
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Speaking of reading I recently finished a new short story and I thought I’d share it with the first five or so people who ask for a copy either through Facebook or by email.
The music you’re listening to right now is the Pennsylvania Polka from the movie Groundhog’s Day. The comic actor and film director Harold Ramis died a few days back and this week’s podcast is dedicated to him and his masterpiece. Groundhog’s Day, as a movie about Repetition and Difference, would be a great movie to watch as a follow up for this episode I think. So you might check to see if it’s streaming on Netflix or somewhere, but right now get ready to listening to Jason Adams and I discuss How to Occupy Time.
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In anticipation of the next Former People journal I am rereleasing this old episode of 1000 Words:Talking Art. This is the second episode entitled simply: What is the Avant Garde?
This is a podcast I did with my son Benjamin who was 13 at the time. He’s 17 now and I’m sure he’d be pleased as punch to know that people were listening to his adolescent self again.
In any case, listen to this to discover just what the avant garde really is.
This week marks the death of the podcast “Pop the Left” and the birth of a new podcast called “Pop the Program.” Varn has grown tired of the left, profoundly tired of it, but he enjoys conversing about all manner of subjects with me, and in an effort to keep the conversation going we’ve renamed our joint effort. What you can expect in the future are conversations about literature, art, music, philosophy, and perhaps even conversations about dead white dudes like Marx or Guy Debord, but “the Left” will no longer be our primary subject.
This week, at the outset, we discuss the revolutionary ideas in Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life,” and as such this first episode is a transitional podcast. It was recorded for “Pop the Left” but edited as the first episode of “Pop the Program.”
Back in 2001 Roger Ebert celebrated Linklater’s film and its release: “Waking Life” could not come at a better time. Opening in these sad and fearful days after Sept. 11, it celebrates a series of articulate, intelligent characters who seek out the meaning of their existence and do not have the answers. At a time when madmen think they have the right to kill us because of what they think they know about an afterlife, which is by definition unknowable, those who don’t know the answers are the only ones asking sane questions.
The guest this week is an old friend of mine and an author. David Friedman lived in Portland in the early 90s, and I met him at the now mythic Telecafe.At the time he was recovering from his rock star status and writing fiction. Today he has a book out, a novel, called Rat House. This is a cool novel, a bleak novel, a rock and roll novel. As one reviewer at Amazon put it, “If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to have nothing left to lose, what it’s like to dream of turning this nothing into rock and roll, then this book is for you. David Friedman, of Meat Cigars fame, remembers the depravity and debauchery of almost rock godhood so you don’t have to.”
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Here’s an excerpt from David Friedman’s book:
I’d been drinking for three days straight. The tour had taken a lot out of me and I didn’t want to be in the same room with the band. Unfortunately, Eugene wanted to talk about our upcoming gig. I slouched down in my seat and sucked on a beer to try to kill my hangover.
“The Northwest Music Association showcase gig is at The Vogue next week,” he said standing in the living room, our instruments and amps forming a sei-circle around the drums. I looked at each of my band mates, in turn, to see their reactions. There were nods from each, although those nods signified nothing, more like a conditioned reflex. They didn’t know what was on the line.
“This gig is our make or break moment. It is sink or swim,” he said.
In this episode you’ll hear The Meat Cigars’ “Mister Squiggly,” “Underground,”and “Brain Death.” You’ll also hear a clip from Frank Zappa’s cover of the Led Zeppelin hit “Stairway to Heaven,”the Ukulele Clan’s cover of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” and a string quartet cover of Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit.”