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Zero Squared #161: The Meaning of Trump

Jul 12th, 2018 | By

Brian Culkin is the guest this week. Culkin is a writer, theorist, and film director. His films include the feature length documentary ‘The Mission’ and the short film ‘Voices.’ His books include Postscript on Boxing and,  the Meaning of Trump which is out now from Zero Books. I want to thank Nathaniel L, Jeff B,

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Zero Squared #160: Baldwin, Buckley and the American Dream

Jul 4th, 2018 | By

C Derick Varn is back this week to discuss a historic debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley that took place at Cambridge University in 1965. For those of you who don’t know, James Baldwin was a literary giant who wrote works such as Notes of a Native Son and No Name in the

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Zero Squared #133: The Anti-Politics of the Present

Nov 23rd, 2017 | By

C Derick Varn is the ranting voice behind Symptomatic Redness and a reader at Zero Books. This week he rants on the topic of antipolitics while touching upon self-care politics, Angela Nagle and the reaction to her work, Bordiga, and so on. We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to

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Zero Squared #126: Free Speech, Communism and the DSA

Sep 28th, 2017 | By

Adam Proctor is a scholar in Neo-Marxian state theory and class formation, labor history in the 20th century, and the development of racial formations. He is also a member of the DSA and the host of one the new leftist podcasts that make me feel old and out of touch. His Dead Pundits Society podcast

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Zero Squared #110: Dark Matters

May 18th, 2017 | By

Nick Dunn is a professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University. He is formerly of the Manchester School of Architecture where he was Principal Lecturer, Director of Studies and Co-director of the [Re_Map] atelier, whose research is concerned with the mapping and representation of urban networks, data and conditions. His book Dark Matters: A Manifesto

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Zero Squared #109: The Overculture Bites Back

May 10th, 2017 | By

David Auerbach is a freelance columnist and gadfly who has written for the LA Review of Books, Slate, the American Reader, and many other publications. He is a former software engineer based in New York, and a fellow at the think tank New America. We discuss his recent blog posts entitled Trump Diaries as well

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Zero Squared #108: The Subject of Capitalism

May 3rd, 2017 | By

Moishe Postone is a Western Marxist and a Professor of History at the University of Chicago and he is the author of the book Time, Labor and Social Domination a book that won the American Sociological Association’s prize in the theory. In this episode of Zero Squared, Postone discusses whether the working class is the

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Inside Zero Books #32: Varn and the Kitchen Sink

Apr 29th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features a preamble conversation that starts with Zizek and ends with Santa Claus. The idea in this episode is to understand the difference between an idea and a material condition, but along the way Varn discusses Jordan Peterson, identity politics, the Labor Theory of Value and bourgeois family values.

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Zero Squared #107: Deconstructing Dirty Dancing

Apr 27th, 2017 | By

Stephen Lee Naish’s writing explores film, politics, and popular culture and the places where they converge. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including The Quietus, Empty Mirror, and 3:AM and his book Deconstructing Dirty Dancing is out now from Zero Books. Liza Palmer, Managing Editor of The Moving Image, reviewed the book

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Inside Zero Books #31: More Contrary Points

Apr 22nd, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features the second half of a conversation with Nick from the youtube channel Contrapoints. Nick and I discuss the Amazing Atheist, Black Lives Matter, a genderqueer youtuber named Milo, and the Youtubepocalypse. In the weeks to come podcast guests will include Nick Dunn whose book Dark Matters explores the

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