Zero Squared #22: The Worm in the Core

Sheldon Solomon is the guest this week. Solomon is the editor, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszezynski, of the book The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Solomon is a professor of psychology at Skidmore College and a researcher into terror management theory, a field that has developed out of the works of the late Ernest Becker. Becker won the Pulitzer Prive for his book The Denial of Death in 1974.

Solomon’s book The Worm at the Core was published by Penguin last month and Sam Keen, the author of Faces of the Enemy, blurbed the boo:

This is a wonderfully (terrifyingly) broad and deep study of most everything we know or have thought about death. It carries Ernest Becker’s work a long way further down the road.

I’m just back from the Left Forum in New York and you’ll be hearing at least one panel discussion from that event in a future episode along with conversations with Matthew Collins about his book Pop Grenade, Elaine Graham-Leigh on her book “A Diet of Austerity” and hopefully Mark Fisher about “Ghosts of My Life.” In this episode you’ll hear George M Cohan sing, voices from a clickhole video, Woody Allen explaining life to Annie Hall, Rick Roderick imitating Carl Sagan, BS Johnson talking about a motorcycle accident, Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet, the theme from the 1980 television show Cosmos, and Chopin’s Funeral March.

Diet Soap Podcast #201: Roderick and the Political Unconscious

The guest this week is professor and philosopher Noelle McAfee and we discuss her friendship with the late Rick Roderick and her book Democracy and the Political Unconscious.

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You’ll hear a lot of clips of Rick Roderick in this episode as well as music from the Art of Noise, the theme from the motion picture The Candyman, Charles Ives 3 Quarter Tone Pieces, and Luc Ferrari’s Societe II.

Diet Soap Podcast #179: The Necessity of Trauma

The guest this week is Jason Horsley and we start to discuss his most current project called “Crucial Fictions” and specifically a chapter of his book “The Prisoner of Infinity” wherein he examines Whitely Strieber’s reported experiences as it relates to Horsley’s own conceptions of trauma, but we quickly diverge from his text as we spiral around the central concept of trauma itself. Jason Horsley is the author of many books including Matrix Warrior: Being the One and The Secret Life of Movies, and he is a regular guest on the Diet Soap podcast. If you visit his website you’ll be able to listen to the raw recording of this conversation in its entirety.

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There are many sound clips in this episode. You’ll hear from Alenka Zupancic, Slavoj Zizek, Ryan Gosling in the movie Half Nelson, Sebastian Horsley discussing his propensity to cause himself trouble, and the Sesame Street Pinball song.