A Podcast

About the show

Your regular visit to the archives of vanity, where men and women who 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, Jacqui Rigazio

May you continue to be a person.

Manifesto! Is now sponsored by Fairfield University, a Jesuit University in Fairfield Connecticut. Fairfield’s mission is to develop the creative intellectual potential of students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Phil also teaches at Fairfield, in both their undergraduate English department and in their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. We’re very pleased to be associated with Fairfield, and thank them for their sponsorship.


  • 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”

  • 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.