Diet Soap Podcast #221: The Making of Indebted Man

Nietzsche and Marx are the primary subjects this week as Daniel Coffeen and I discuss the book The Making of Indebted Man.

The MIT press website describes the thesis of the book as follows:

The debtor-creditor relation, which is at the heart of this book, sharpens mechanisms of exploitation and domination indiscriminately, since, in it, there is no distinction between workers and the unemployed, consumers and producers, working and non-working populations, between retirees and welfare recipients. They are all “debtors,” guilty and responsible in the eyes of capital, which has become the Great, the Universal, Creditor.

You might guess that I, being a wannabe Marxist, take some issue with that description of Capital, but Coffeen and I found points of agreement along the way in this conversation, both with each other and with the author Maurizio Lazaarato.

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Diet Soap Special: Borderlands Reading

Since I’m travelling on the Think the Impossible tour this week’s podcast has been preempted by a reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. Today I am in Chicago getting ready for a reading at the Book Cellar at 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave. If you’re in Chicago please do attend. Featured guests will include Charley Earp and Mary Anne Mohanraj.

Guests at the San Francisco reading included Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen and you’ll hear us discuss May ’68, utopia, and Bugs Bunny.

Promo material from Borderlands Reading:

Douglas Lain, BILLY MOON (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) with guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen Saturday, September 7th at 3:00 pm – We are happy to welcome Douglas Lain and guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen! Doug’s new book is getting glowing reviews, including this starred Library Journal Review: “Christopher Robin Milne, aka “Billy Moon,” has never quite outlived the image of him presented to the world by his father, the illustrious A. A. Milne. After service in World War II, Christopher and his wife operate a low-key bookstore (sans the tales of a certain stuffed bear). When a French college student invites him to Paris to witness the student uprisings in 1968, Christopher accepts on a whim — and enters a scenario every bit as “magical” and much more dangerous than any from his fictional childhood. Lain’s first novel combines two unlikely topics to form a tapestry of life in the late 1960s, when Europe, as well as America, experienced the revolutionary fervor of youth. Milne’s friend and guide, Gerrard, has a curious relationship with time and space, and Milne finds himself caught up in the transient nature of both while seeking desperately to anchor himself to his real present. VERDICT – Luminous storytelling and brilliant period descriptions make this fictional biography a priceless addition to the American magical realism canon; the book should be recommended to fantasy and general fiction readers.” Doug also brings us special guests Terry Bisson and Daniel Coffeen, who will add additional depth and dimension to the conversation with their own insights on the events of 1968 and magical world-building. Don’t miss this extraordinary novel and this very special event!BORDERLANDS1

Diet Soap Podcast #184: Think the Impossible

The guest this week is Andy Marshall. Andy Marshall is a self described “philosophy kid” and a frequent contributor to Diet Soap. He is my co-host on the biweekly Diet Soap conversations on Talkshoe, the Diet Soap archivist (he’s been the one putting old episodes back onto the Podomatic page), and a moderating influence on the show and this week’s episode is an excerpt from a much longer conversation. You’ll hear another excerpt, this one on the subject of Nietzsche, next week, but this week we focus in on the idea of the impossible and touch briefly upon Deleuze.

You may have noticed that my Kickstarter project to fund a book and podcast tour in September is underway. The project is two weeks in, and halfway to the goal. At present there are 38 backers of the Think the Impossible tour. Thanks to Paul H, Yoshio K, Dan W, Cay, Eilidh B, Michael T, Jay G, Zackery M, Josh B, Francisco F, Scott, Davis D, Terry T, Edward, Charles H, Andrew F, Justin R, David B, and Conrad H.

If you like Diet Soap pledging to the Think the Impossible tour is a great way to support it.

In related news I’ve started a serialized audio version of my upcoming novel Billy Moon. It’s a freebie that I’m giving away through the Kickstarter campaign, and to I’ll post a link to the second chapter in this week’s show notes.