A Podcast

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.
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  • 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”

  • Episode 37: Humane War

    October 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Phil is joined by Samuel Moyn to discuss his new book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, alongside Kathe Kollwitz's The Survivors

  • Episode 36: The Simple Art of Murder

    September 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 12 mins

    Jake and Phil discuss Raymond Chandler's The Simple Art of Murder, alongside Ross MacDonald's novel Black Money.

  • Episode 35: Did You Kill Anyone?

    July 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins

    Jake and Phil are joined by Scott Beauchamp to discuss his new book, Did You Kill Anyone? Reunderstanding My Military Experience as a Critique of Modern Culture, and Alistair Macleod's "The Closing Down of Summer"

  • Episode 34: Fratelli Tutti and Fairview

    May 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins

    A special live episode of Manifesto! A Podcast courtesy of Fairfield University's Inspired Writers Series. Jake and Phil are joined by Vinson Cunningham, a theater critic and staff writer at the New Yorker, to discuss Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti and Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview.

  • Episode 33: The Dream of Meritocracy Produces Monsters

    April 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 29 mins

    Phil is joined by Eugene McCarraher, Professor of the Humanities and History at Villanova University, to discuss his article "A Providentialism Without God: The Case Against Meritocracy" as well as Goya's "The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters"

  • Episode 32: Repressive Tolerance and The Judgement

    March 16th, 2021  |  2 hrs 7 mins

    Jake and Phil are joined by Geoff Shullenberg of Outsider Theory to discuss Herbert Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance" and Franz Kafka's "The Judgement".

  • Episode 31: Everything is Broken

    February 12th, 2021  |  1 hr 53 mins

    Jake and Phil are joined by Alana Newhouse to discuss her essay “Everything Is Broken” and the Ani DiFranco live album “Living in Clip.”