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Inside Zero Books #71: Comedian Jake Flores’ visit from Homeland Security

May 20th, 2018 | By

Stand-up comic Jake Flores tweeted out a joke thread about killing ICE officers and got a visit from Homeland Security who were not so amused. Jake stops by to tell the tale of his visit and reflect on the question of free speech in America. From Jake’s webpage: Jake Flores was born in Austin TX

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Zero Squared #154: Sam Harris, Race Science, and Nerd Logic

May 17th, 2018 | By

Michael Brooks is the co-host of the Majority Report and the host of The Michael Brooks Show and this week he’s returning to the Zero Books podcast to discuss a debate between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein. The debate about “racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over Harris’s podcast with Charles Murray” was

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Zero Squared #153: Syria and the Kurds

May 9th, 2018 | By

Dr. Bajalan is a historian of the Middle East specializing in issues pertaining nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Bajalan also serves on the editorial board of the journal Kurdish Studies and publications including Turkeyscope, Jacobin, OpenDemocracy, and Jadaliyya have featured his commentary on present-day Middle Eastern affairs. He is the

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Zero Books #152: CGI Animation and the Death of the Real

May 2nd, 2018 | By

Deborah Levitt is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School. Her publications include an essay on media and biopolitics in The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh University Press 2008) and the Animatic Apparatus which is out now from Zero Books. In this interview, we discuss

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Zero Squared #151: Revolutionary Keywords

Apr 26th, 2018 | By

Ian Parker is an activist and academic, a revolutionary Marxist, and practising Lacanian psychoanalyst in Manchester, involved in various political movements in the past forty years. He is also the guest this week as we discuss his book Revolutionary Keywords for the New Left. Next week Deborah Levitt will be on to discuss her book

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Zero Squared #150: Teen Sex, Poetry, and Endless War

Apr 20th, 2018 | By

C Derick Varn is an emerging poet, professional teacher, and arm-chair theorist. He is a member of the Zero Books team. He is also the guest this week as we discuss late 90s ‘zine culture, historical developments in teen sexuality, how it is that talking about the war on terror produces “evergreen” content, and his

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Zero Squared #149: Video Games are Right Wing?

Apr 12th, 2018 | By

Alfie Bown is the author of The Playstation Dreamworld, a philosophy of games and politics and Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism. Along with being a theorist on video game culture, he has recently started writing for the Guardian. He recently wrote a review of Ready Player One entitled “Steven Spielberg’s film portrays video gamers

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Zero Squared #148: Pleasure in an Age of Consent

Apr 6th, 2018 | By

Professor Heidi Matthews (@Heidi__Matthews on twitter) researches and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, the law of war, international legal history and political theory. She is an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and recently she wrote an essay for Aeon magazine entitled “How do we understand sexual pleasure in this age

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Zero Squared #147: Capitalism and Call Out

Mar 30th, 2018 | By

Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian, and filmmaker. He is the author of the e-book Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies. He’s a columnist for City Arts Magazine and, in February, he wrote a column entitled ” In Defense of Call-out Culture.” He is also the author of Millennials and the

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Zero Squared #146: Chomsky Responds

Mar 16th, 2018 | By

Chris Knight is currently senior research fellow in the department of anthropology at University College, London, focusing his research on the evolutionary emergence of human language and symbolic culture. He lives in London. His book Decoding Chomsky came out from Yale University Press in 2016 and was recently released in paperback. Since the book first

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