About the show
Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men who had stopped making myths turned to issuing commandments.
Your guides for this journey are the writers Phil Klay and Jacob Siegel, along with their trusty engineer, the indefatigable Adam Chimera.
May you continue to be a person.
April 22: Join us for a special live episode of Manifesto! A Podcast with special guest Vinson Cunningham to discuss Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti and Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Fairview. Event held virtually through the Fairfield University MFA program’s Inspired Writers series.
For more information: https://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/spring-2021-season-calendar/lectures/manifesto-a-podcast.html
Episode 53: Poe's Law and Philip K. Dick's Faith of Our Fathers
May 16th, 2023 | 1 hr 36 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Gurwinder Bhogal to discuss Poe's Law and Philip K. Dick's Faith of Our Fathers
Episode 52: True Believers and the Case of the Writer Turned Congressman
April 13th, 2023 | 1 hr 51 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by former Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer to discuss longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer’s 1951 book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, and the poem “On Reading Crowds and Power,” by Geoffrey Hill.
Episode 51: A Public Address, A Colloquium, or Maybe Just a Q&A
March 21st, 2023 | 1 hr 9 mins
Jake and Phil answer questions from our listeners.
Episode 50: El Greco, Picasso, and The Pleasures of Ignorance
February 22nd, 2023 | 1 hr 8 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Aldous Huxley's "Meditation on El Greco", and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
Episode 49: Angry Popes and Architecture
January 26th, 2023 | 1 hr 33 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by John Davis, an environmental and architectural historian at the Knowlton School at Ohio State, to discuss Pascendi Dominici Gregis, Pope Pius X's encyclical against the modernists, and La Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Spain.
Episode 48: The Ultimate Revolution
November 22nd, 2022 | 1 hr 56 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Becca Rothfeld to discuss Shulamith Firestone's The Dialectic of Sex and Sheila Heti's That Longing for a Holy Completeness (from her novel MOTHERHOOD)
Episode 47: The Democracy Engineering Complex
October 18th, 2022 | 58 mins 27 secs
Phil is joined by Sam Kimbriel, the founding director of Aspen's Philosophy & Society Initiative, to discuss Sam's essay "What the Democracy Engineering Complex Misses"
Episode 46: Sunday Morning and God's Grandeur
September 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 12 mins
To celebrate Phil's birthday, Jake joins Phil to discuss Wallace Stevens' "Sunday Morning" and Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur."
Episode 45: Spielberg and Roxy Music
July 21st, 2022 | 1 hr 58 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by culture critic Armond White to discuss Make Spielberg Great Again and Roxy Music's 1979 album Manifesto
Episode 44: We're All Stars Now In the Dope Show
June 17th, 2022 | 1 hr 38 mins
Episode 43: Tradition and the Individual Talent
May 28th, 2022 | 1 hr 17 mins
Jake and Phil discuss T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent", and James Joyce's "A Mother"
Episode 42: The Transmogrifications of Gary Leib
April 11th, 2022 | 1 hr 9 mins
Phil is joined by Peter Catapano, of the New York Times, and graphic novelist Jess Ruliffson to discuss Peter's essay on the life and work of cartoonist Gary Leib
Episode 41: To Be Incarnational
March 5th, 2022 | 1 hr 45 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by the great poet Tom Sleigh to discuss his essay "To Be Incarnational," on the World War I poetry of David Jones, as well as Tom's poem "In Which a Spider Weaves a Web on My Computer Screen"
Episode 40: Flannery O'Connor versus Andre Dubus II
February 4th, 2022 | 1 hr 28 mins
Jake and Phil (finally) discuss Flannery O'Connor's Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction, alongside Andre Dubus II's short story Killings
Episode 39: What Jazz Is and Isn't
January 6th, 2022 | 1 hr 32 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by jazz pianist and composer Ethan Iverson to discuss Wynton Marsalis' "What Jazz Is—and Isn't", as well as Marsalis' 1985 album J Mood.
Episode 38: My Quarrel with Authentic Reactionaries
November 10th, 2021 | 1 hr 44 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Joseph Keegin to discuss Nicolás Gómez Dávila‘s “The Authentic Reactionary,” and Chaim Grade’s classic of Yiddish literature: “My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner”