Zero Squared #131: Fire Hides Everywhere

Julian Feelds is a Swiss novelist, filmmaker, and visual artist. Throughout his life, Julian has lived across South America, Europe, and the United States He currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.

I want to remind you that we’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available.

And if you’re a former member who emailed your address to take me up on the Zero Books parting gift of a random paperback that should be on its way.

I also want to urge you to pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall, and you might also get ahold of Philip Cunliffe’s Lenin Lives, and, of course, if you haven’t read it already get yourself a copy of Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies. It’s guaranteed to transform any leftist get together into a struggle session.

Zero Squared #19: Listening to Writing and Letters

Daniela Cascella is the guest this week and we discuss her book F.M.R.L. The book is described as “a collection of fragments and essays recording accidents of hearing and detours of thought in response to the peripheral nature of listening and reading.”

Kristen Kreider, author of Poetics and Place, blurbed the book as follows:

“This is writing in its most present sense. Writing that, true to its tense, enacts a continual process of thinking and perceiving. Writing that, spinning its words from sound, gathers up referents in a loose weave. Expansive in scope, and intimate in scale, this is writing where reading dwells in the reverie of detail — and deserves our full attention. ”

It’s Wednesday, May 13th 2015 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

In this episode you’ll hear Victoria Hanna discussing the Hebrew alphabet, Bobby McFerrin singing his ABCs, John David Ebert discussing Derrida and Plato’s Phaedrus, Nigel Tufnel playing Lick My Love Pump, Michael Tilson Thomas discussing music and emotion, Grover and Guy Smiley playing Name that Sound, Eric Satie’s Vexations, Gertrude Stein, the Youtube star Sonicstate unboxing a Moog Minitaur, Lester Bangs discussing the state of rock and roll in the 70s, Professor Wright of Yale introducing music appreciation, a mash up called Metal Machine Music for Airports and Sabine Schafer’s “Sound Warp” Installation.

Diet Soap Podcast #192: The Transrealism of Cyberpunk

The guest this week is the cyberpunk author, mathematician, and transrealist Rudy Rucker, and we discuss his upcoming book The Big Aha.

My novel Billy Moon came out on Tuesday, August 27th, and I’m going to fly to Decatur, GA this weekend. I aim to record the reading in Decatur and possibly include it in next week’s podcast. I will also soon be traveling to San Francisco, Chicago, and NYC in order to promote the novel and this podcast on the Think the Impossible tour. I look forward to meeting people who have been listening to the podcast. I’ll be at Borderlands in San Francisco on September 7th at 3pm, I’ll be at the Book Cellar on September 11th at 7pm, and I’ll be at Bluestockings in NYC on September 15th at 7pm.

There are several sound clips in this episode. You’ll hear from Rick Roderick, a backwards Miley Cyrus, a documentary film about philosophy and the Matrix, and Max Headroom. And for some reason talking to Rudy Rucker about Transrealism put me in the mood to insert clips about Baudrillard and the Hyperreal, so you’ll hear about that in this episode too.

Rudy Rucker on Transrealism:
The Transrealist writes about immediate perceptions in a fantastic way. Any literature which is not about actual reality is weak and enervated. But the genre of straight realism is all burnt out. Who needs more straight novels? The tools of fantasy and SF offer a means to thicken and intensify realistic fiction. By using fantastic devices it is actually possible to manipulate subtext. The familiar tools of SF — time travel, antigravity, alternate worlds, telepathy, etc. — are in fact symbolic of archetypal modes of perception. Time travel is memory, flight is enlightenment, alternate worlds symbolize the great variety of individual world-views, and telepathy stands for the ability to communicate fully. This is the “Trans” aspect. The “realism” aspect has to do with the fact that a valid work of art should deal with the world the way it actually is. Transrealism tries to treat not only immediate reality, but also the higher reality in which life is embedded. dietsoap192