24 Mar 2015, 4:23pm
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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

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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.

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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.

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11 Mar 2015, 4:59pm
Zero Squared


Zero Squared #10: Night of the World

A Bar At The Folies Bergere Tile Mural By Edouard Manet

Frank Smecker is the guest this week and we discuss his book Night of the World which came out from Zero Books in 2014. Todd McGowan (author of Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis) blurbed the book. He wrote:

Night of the World seamlessly weaves through complex philosophical conjunctions and cultural practices in order to articulate a theory of ideology for today’s world.

From the Jacket:

By situating objectivity at the level of ideology, while placing it within a dynamic, experimental and, at times, unorthodox interplay with Hegelian and Lacanian philosophy, The Night of the World offers a unique and radical re-thinking of objectivity. Encompassing a constellational array of wide-ranging subjects, from popular culture, politics, history, science, and philosophy, while deploying an engaging prose that is both incisive and seamlessly tangential, Smecker is both an ally with, and emerging voice in, the field of Zizekian dialectics. Incorporating Zizek’s philosophy, Smecker speculates over both objectivity and ideology, evoking methods of thought not so prevalent since German Idealism was all the rage. In the spirit of Kierkegaard, The Night of the World is the result of an imaginative hypothesis. And that is only the half of it. Written in a style that will undoubtedly leave the reader itching to read it again once finished, The Night of the World is an ongoing engagement with an abundance of additional postulations, whose sole purpose is to produce more products of thought.

In this episode you’ll be hearing from Chad African, Doctor Who, Wolfman Jack, Richard Dreyfus, the cast of the pilot episode of Star Trek (including Leonard Nimoy as an emotional seeming Spock), and Nik Walton’s improvized loop Diggin Dug.

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