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 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.”

  • Episode 30: King Lear or Endgame or Psalm

    January 4th, 2021  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Jake and Phil discuss Jan Kott's "King Lear or Endgame" and George Oppen's "Psalm."

  • Episode 29: What Were We Thinking

    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.

  • Episode 28: They Will Eat the CIA Men First

    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')

  • Episode 27: The Owl of Minerva Trots at Dusk

    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"

  • Episode 26: On Pain and on Fallujah Revisited

    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.

  • Episode 25: The Plague

    June 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 40 mins

    Jake and Phil are joined by Paul Berman to discuss The Plague, by Albert Camus

  • Episode 24: Vietnam Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

    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.

    The Manifesto:
    Gustaf Hasford, Vietnam Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

    The Art:
    Rambo, I guess?

  • Episode 23: Lord Jim and the Absurd

    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.

  • Episode 22: Reluctant Prophets

    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.

  • Episode 21: Class War and Auden

    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

  • Episode 20: The Conversation

    January 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Jake and Phil answer questions from you, our listeners.