January 4th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Jan Kott's "King Lear or Endgame" and George Oppen's "Psalm."
December 3rd, 2020 | 2 hrs 2 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Carlos Lozada to discuss his new book, What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, and the chapter "Decent People" from Garth Greenwell's Cleanness.
September 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 40 mins
This week Jake and Phil are joined by special guest Jesse Walker of Reason Magazine to discuss William S. Burroughs The Revised Boy Scout Manual and Charles Ridley's short anti-Nazi propaganda film, Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk (assisted by the Gestapo 'Hep-Cats')
The Manifesto: William S. Burroughs, The Revised Boy Scout Manual
The Art: Charles Ridley, 1941, Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk (assisted by the Gestapo 'Hep-Cats')
August 13th, 2020 | 2 hrs 1 min
Phil and Jake are joined by Ian Marcus Corbin to discuss Joseph Conrad's Preface and Saul Bellow's "Mosby's Memoirs"
July 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 32 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Elliot Ackerman to discuss Ernst Junger’s 1934 essay On Pain, alongside Elliot’s A Battle in Fallujah, Revisited, an excerpt of his memoir, Places and Names.
June 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 40 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Paul Berman to discuss The Plague, by Albert Camus
April 20th, 2020 | 55 mins 59 secs
Jake and Phil are joined by novelist, essayist, and Penthouse Magazine national security columnist Matt Gallagher to discuss Gustav Hasford’s June 1987 article in Penthouse Magazine, Vietnam Means Never Having to Say Your Sorry. Due to coronavirus-related time constraints (we all have children who need minding), we are departing from our usual format and will just be discussing the manifesto.
Gustaf Hasford, Vietnam Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
Rambo, I guess?
April 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 18 mins
A special crossover episode with the Sacred and Unknown Love Podcast. Jennifer Frey and Phil Klay discuss Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim, narrative identity and the absurd.
March 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 29 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by novelist Daniel Torday to discuss Robert Alter's “A Literary Approach to the Bible,” alongside The Book of Jonah.
February 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 33 mins
Phil is out today, so Jake talks with Michael Lind about his book, The New Class War, as well as Auden's The Fall of Rome
January 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 14 mins
Jake and Phil answer questions from you, our listeners.
December 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 43 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Alex Brook Lynn to discuss the Stuckists’ Manifesto and Julio Cortázar’s The Pursuer
The Stuckists Manifesto
Julio Cortázar, The Pursuer
October 16th, 2019 | 2 hrs 33 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by Thomas Chatterton Williams to discuss Albert Murray’s The Omni-Americans and Thomas’ new memoir, Self-Portrait in Black and White
Albert Murray, The Omni-Americans
Thomas Chatterton Williams, Self-Portrait in Black and White
August 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 47 mins
Jake and Phil are joined by essayist and fiction-writer Victoria Brown of Rollins College to discuss Derek Walcott’s The Muse of History alongside Mavis Gallant’s The Latehomecomer
July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 41 mins
Jake and Phil discuss Hugo Ball's 1916 Dada Manifesto, as well as Public Enemy's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.