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 7: Patriotism and the Unknown Soldier

    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

  • Episode 6: Revolution, Entropy, and Abstract Art

    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.

  • Episode 5: Everybody's Protest Novel and the Responsibilities of Art

    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."

  • Episode 4: My Twisted World and Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver

    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.

  • Episode 3: Schiller's Aesthetic Letters and and Ian McEwan's The Use of Poetry

    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."

  • Episode 2: SCUM, Intercourse, and Cat Person

    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

  • Episode 1: Humanism and Bloody Myths

    April 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Jake and Phil discuss the Humanist Manifestos and the poem “Genesis” by Geoffrey Hill.