Diet Soap Special: Bluestockings Event

The Think the Impossible tour was a great success. I met up with many incredible people including Kevin Dole, Brad Potts, Andy Marshall, and Eilidh Bradley. Also, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Charley Earp, Terry Bisson, Daniel Coffeen, Margaret Kimberley, McKenzie Wark and Andrew Kliman all participated in the actual readings/events.

This week rather than a regular episode of Diet Soap you’ll be hearing the audio from the Bluestockings event on Sunday, September 15th. Here’s a description of that event as it was listed on the Bluestockings website:

Presentation: “Think the Impossible: Christopher Robin and May 1968″
With Douglas Lain, Mckenzie Wark, Margaret Kimberley, & Andrew Kilman

Author and podcaster Douglas Lain will interview McKenzie Wark (author of the Hacker Manifesto) about the significance of May 1968 after Occupy, the economist Andrew Kliman about Capitalism and tendency for social movements to disappear, and Margaret Kimberley from the Black Agenda Report about the Spectacle and the Surveillance state. Lain will also explain why he wrote a novel about the real Christopher Robin’s (who inspired the Pooh stories) entirely fictional involvement with May 1968. McKenzie Wark is a professor of Media Studies at the New School for Social Research, and the author of books such as A Hacker Manifesto, and most recently, the Spectacle of Disintegration. Margaret Kimberley is a radical journalist whose Freedom Rider column appears weekly in the Black Agenda Report. A black left critic of the Obama administration, Kimberley is a regular guest on the Diet Soap podcast. Andrew Kliman is a professor of economics at Pace University and the author of “Reclaiming ‘Marx’s’ Capital” and “The Failure of Capitalist Production.” Douglas Lain is the host of Diet Soap, a weekly philosophy and politics podcast.


Diet Soap Podcast #191: The Spectacle of Disintegration

The guest this week is an author and a professor of Communications at the New School, McKenzie Wark. Wark’s latest book The Spectacle of Disintegration is the subject for today’s podcast and I was glad for the chance to discuss some of my favorite avant garde radicals, namely the Situationist International.

At one point in the discussion Wark points out that he finds the idea of an Orthodox interpretation of Marx to be an antiquated and highly suspect idea, and I largely agree with him. However, I would point out that if there is such a thing as an Orthodox interpretation of Marx today it is a Marx without Marx, and that the most dogmatic forms of anti-capitalism today are precisely those without a theory of what Capitalism is. What that means is that calls for Orthodoxy or a return to Marx are, paradoxically, a way of breaking with today’s dogmas and orthodoxies.

It’s Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 and I’m Douglas Lain the host of the podcast.

Thanks again to everyone who donated to the Think the Impossible book and podcast tour through Kickstarter. My novel Billy Moon will be coming out from Tor Books is six days, on August 27th, and I’ll be traveling to San Francisco, Chicago, and NYC in order to promote the novel and this podcast. If you’re hearing this now and you live in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco I do hope you’ll turn up to these events. I’ll be at Bluestockings in NYC on September 15th at 7pm, and you’ll get a chance to meet McKenzie Wark at that event and to participate in a follow up conversation to the one you’re about to hear.

There are several sound clips in this episode. You’ll hear many clips from the American situationist film Call it Sleep, as well as clips of TJ Clark, Andrew Kliman, and Woody Allen. Pierre Schaeffer’s avant garde Symphony Apostrophe comes near the end of the episode. wark191