Zero Squared #18: The Temptation of Nothing

May 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Articles, Zero Squared

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Daniel Coffeen is the guest this week and we discuss a blog post he wrote that ended up on Thought Catalog that was entitled The Temptation of Nothing. Coffeen has a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where taught adjunct for many years and now works independently writing copy as well as writing about contemporary art, film, language, Deleuze, and the rest. He is a philsopher if by philosophy you mean the tendency to play with ideas.

In his blog post Coffeen wrote:

My shrink — who is of another order, another plane; he’s not a therapist per se — has been encouraging me to be that second man, to cut out all intoxicants for 90 days, give or take. Do nothing, he says, just be. And then you can drink and what have you but not because it sates but because you want to. For him, there should be no difference between sitting on the floor doing nothing and getting lit.

It's Wednesday, May 6th 2015 and I'm Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

In this episode you’ll hear Hilaire Belloc's Guide to Boring, the song Skokiaan by Louis Armstrong, some dialogue from the movie Slacker, the Professor Jon Stewart discussing Kierkegaard, Hegel, Socrates and modernity, a clip from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, an explanation of that black and blue dress, the band Focus Group performing Chordfl from their album Elektrik Karousel, and Stars of the Lid's “Don't Bother They're Here.”

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2 Comments to “Zero Squared #18: The Temptation of Nothing”

  1. Tony says:

    What were the two books on Daoism Coffeen mentioned? One was by Ursula Le Guin and I missed the title. The other I missed everything except it was an impression of a bunch of Chinese translations.

    Thanks.

  2. Douglas Lain says:

    It’s Taoism I think, and Coffeen mentioned Thomas Merton’s “The Way of Chuang Tzu.” http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Chuang-Second-Edition/dp/0811218511

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