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.
January 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 48 mins
Park MacDougald joins Phil and Jake to discuss Virginia Woolf’s “The Modern Essay” and VS Naipaul’s “Jacques Soustelle and the Decline of the West.”
December 6th, 2018 | 1 hr 23 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Hannah Arendt's "Reflections on Violence" and Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns."
November 8th, 2018 | 1 hr 28 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Olivia Garard (@teaandtactics) of The Strategy Bridge (https://thestrategybridge.org/editorial-team/2016/8/16/olivia-a-garard) to discuss Oulipo member Anne Garréta's "On Bookselves" and Guy Debord’s “The Naked City”
October 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 28 mins
Jake and Phil overcome audio difficulties to discuss Jean Amery's "Resentments" and Andre Dubus II's short story "A Father's Story."
September 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 39 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Alasdair MacIntyre's "Is Patriotism a Virtue?" and the story of the November 11, 1921 burial of the Unknown Soldier, as told by Jonathan Ebel in his book GI Messiahs
August 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 20 mins
Jake and Phil side with the madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and skeptics on this episode, discussing Yevgeny Zamyatin's “On Literature, Revolution, Entropy, and Other Matters,” alongside the paintings Composition VI and Composition VII, by Vasily Kandinsky.
July 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
du bois, james baldwin, james thurber, political art, protest
Jake and Phil talk about the political and social obligations of art. They discuss W.E.B. Du Bois' "Criteria for Negro Art," James Baldwin's famous 1949 essay "Everybody's Protest Novel," and James Thurber's short story, "The Greatest Man in the World."
June 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
Jake and Phil have their first guest, Harry Siegel, senior editor at the Daily Beast and columnist at the New York Daily News. Harry has picked the Isla Vista killer's manifesto My Twisted World, as well as Martin Scorcese's 1976 film Taxi Driver.
May 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Letters XIV and XV from Friedrich Schiller's Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, as well as the Ian McEwan short story "The Use of Poetry."
May 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 25 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Valerie Solanas' S.C.U.M. Manifesto, as well as Andrea Dworkin's Intercourse, and Kristen Roupenian's Cat Person
April 28th, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
Jake and Phil discuss the Humanist Manifestos and the poem “Genesis” by Geoffrey Hill.