On whales, water, and transformation with writer Philip Hoare on AEWCH 164!

22 Sep

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Friends,

I’m so happy I got to talk about animals at length on the show, given their importance in my life. And one of the best people to have a conversation about animals with is undoubtably Philip Hoare , an interdisciplinary writer and artist, whose books include his moving and almost unclassifiable memoir/nature writing/philosophy book, Risingtidefallingstar: In Search of the Soul of the Sea, his recent book about the evolution of art and how we think of animal, Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World, and what is probably his most famous book, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea , which weaves together beautiful passages on cetaceans and images of whales in popular culture, particularly in the work of Herman Melville.

This was a beautiful and moving discussion for me, I hope it will be for you, too.

X
C

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Phil, visit his website. Here’s a short video of director John Waters praising Phil’s book, The Sea Inside. He curated (along with artist Angela Cockayne) The Moby Dick Big Read – where actors (including Tilda Swinton!) and other artists read Moby Dick chapter by chapter. And here’s Philip’s short film about poet Wilfred Owen, I Was A Dark Star Always.

• I wrote about the new rhythms of lockdown – including the new rhythms that the animals are experiencing – for the Irish Times.

• And AEWCH 155 is all about extinction, from an occult perspective.

The Natural History Museum in Dublin (AKA “the dead zoo”) is a great and morbid and wonderful place.

• Here’s a short article with a nice little video about Dublin’s Forty Foot – where you jump off the rocks into the green-blue water. And below is a photo of Irish writer Brendan Behan getting out of that same water.

• Here’s a bit on selkies – seal fairies that shed their skin to walk around in human form.

• I’ve been working on utopia with my friend Una Mullally, who appeared on AEWCH 151 and AEWCH 87.

• I’m still so taken by Phil’s statement in this interview: “I could list all those things (that hurt me most about the way we treat the ocean) here but I’d rather anyone reading this went out to their nearest water and prayed.”

Until next time, friends,
CH

PS: Here’s Phil looking through a whale’s eye.

Conspiracy! Stigma! Loneliness! I talk with Jon Ronson on AEWCH 163.

14 Sep

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Friends,

I’m so excited to share this episode (and its long intro about revolution and violence!) with journalist, author, and filmmaker Jon Ronson.

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Jon, read his books, of course. But also you can go to his website, and find his series The Butterfly Effect as well as The Last Days of August on Audible. You can also watch Jon’s collaboration with Parasite director Bong-Joon Ho, Okja. And here’s Jon’s semi-autobiographical movie (featuring Michael Fassbender), Frank.

• To listen to and support the Bad Faith podcast – hosted by Briahna Joy Gray and Virgil Texas – go to their patreon.

• Here’s AEWCH 15 on anti-fascism, featuring Mark Bray.

• I was very much into the Disinfo group – Richard Metzger, AEWCH 125 guest Doug Rushkoff, Grant Morrison, and more – a sort of leftist countercultural current that lived comfortably with conspiracy.

• My former doctor, Thomas Cowan, was really amazing, but I have thought about and concluded that he lost his way in the global pandemic. His older books, however, are still quite profound.

• “If YouTube’s algorithms radicalize people, it’s hard to tell from the data

• As far as search engines’ usefulness in understanding culture, I talked about this a bit on AEWCH 115 with Joanne McNeill.

• The first AEWCH episode of the year, AEWCH 136, was about the pandemic of certainty.

Until next time, friends,

CH

On cruelty, violence, and compassion. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Gwen Adshead joins me on AEWCH 162.

7 Sep

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Friends,

I’m so honored to have had this conversation with Dr. Gwen Adshead, forensic psychiatrist and co-author of The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion. The Devil You Know is an absolutely stunning and heartbreaking book about violent offenders – serial killers, sex offenders, arsonists, and more – and why we should seek to understand and even feel compassion for them.

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Gwen, here’s a website with many of her lectures. Here’s her Desert Island Discs episode. And here’s a great little interview with her on topics of spirituality and religion in her work. And here’s a brief intro to her book and work in The Irish Times.

AEWCH 128 with Dan Gretton on the “desk killers” is one of my favorite episodes of the show. Give it a listen if you haven’t yet.

• Here’s the short documentary from the New York Times on a “sex offender village.”

• Gwen mentions her admiration for Richard Rohr, so I’ve included a link to his daily meditations here. They’re beautiful and helpful.

• Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles classic, The Third Man.

Until next time, be loving to each other and the other,
XO
CH

On love in friendship and relationship with my best friend, Jeb Havens, on AEWCH 161.

24 Aug

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Friends,

I’ve never done an episode like this before.

Since love has been the only thing on my mind, to get to the heart of things, I invited my best friend – who was also my boyfriend for five years, to talk about love. Its transformation. Faithfulness in the other. The times I fucked up as a partner (and the times he fucked up), and more.

So I’m very happy to share this episode with my best friend, game designer Jeb Havens.

Jeb and I were boyfriends for 5 years (2002-2007), and having left that relationship became closer to each other. Jeb is more than my best friend; I think of him as my brother.

We talk about how we navigated out of a different version of love and into another, and what really being committed to a partner might look like.

I hope you find meaning in this very personal episode.

SHOW NOTES

• Jeb is an internationally recognized game design consultant; here’s his website. He’s published four board games, most recently Uk’otoa, which is set in the world of Exandria (featured on the webseries Critical Role). He’s consulted on game design for game shows, apps, and designed escape rooms. He’s also a songwriter and loves doing covers with his pal Matt Zarley. I’ve included one of Jeb’s original songs, “Sudden” at the end of the episode.

• Here’s the verse from Rudolf Steiner on faithfulness. This translation is better than the one I read.

“Create for yourself a new, indomitable perception of faithfulness. What is usually called faithfulness passes so quickly. Let this be your faithfulness: You will experience moments…. fleeting moments…. with the other person. The human being will appear to you then as if filled, irradiated with the archetype of his spirit. And then there may be…. indeed will be…. other moments, long periods of time, when human beings are darkened. But you will learn to say to yourself at such times: “The Spirit makes me strong. I remember the archetype. I saw it once. No illusion, no deception shall rob me of it.” Always struggle for the image that you saw. This struggle is faithfulness. Striving thus for faithfulness, we shall be close to one another, as if endowed with the protective powers of angels.”

Until next time
love,
CH

Abby Martin returns to AEWCH to talk about the love behind activism and resistance.

18 Aug

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Friends,I’m so happy to welcome my friend, journalist and documentarian Abby Martin back on the show. We have a very different talk than Abby is usually asked to have: instead of talking about what’s wrong with the world, we talk about why we want to change it. The answer we keep coming back to is love.

I start this show talking about my stepfather, who I found out – just hours after recording with Abby – had died the night before.

SHOW NOTES

• Abby’s current projects are her podcast & short film series with her partner, Mike Prysner , Empire Files. Her forthcoming film is Earth’s Greatest Enemy, which focuses on the US military as the world’s most urgent environmental threat. And don’t miss her work with her brother Robbie Martin on Media Roots News. Here’s Abby’s latest appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
Here’s Abby and Mike’s excellent movie, Gaza Fights for Freedom.
And please consider supporting Abby’s patreon here.

• Here’s Eddie Glaude displaying the courage of a broken heart on MSNBC.

• Related episodes include AEWCH 2 – my very first episode with a guest, which features Abby! AEWCH 18 with Robbie Martin. AEWCH 79 with Billy Bragg, AEWCH 117 with Michael Brooks.

Until next time,
be loving to each other,
CH

Duncan Trussell returns to AEWCH to talk about love.

10 Aug

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Friends,

I don’t usually do episodes lie this, but the only thing on my mind right now is love and heartache.

I just wanted to talk with a friend.

So here’s me and my dear friend Duncan Trussell, creator of the Netflix animated series, The Midnight Gospel, and the podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, to talk about it all

This is a personal episode, so I’m a little hesitant to share, but here you are.

Thank you for listening with care and gentle hearts.

Love.

C

Bestselling horror author Paul Tremblay joins me on AEWCH 158!

3 Aug

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Thank you so, so much.

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Friends,

I’m so excited to share this episode about horror, free will, and compassion with novelist Paul Tremblay

Paul is the author of multiple bestselling horror novels – including The Cabin at the End of the World and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock which are my two favorites – two hardboiled detective novels, and a whole lot of short stories.

ON THIS EPISODE

  • Horror as a balance between free will and determinism
  • Horror as the withdrawal of love
  • The dreaded return to sociability
  • Kitchen table horror versus Irish Midlands horror
  • Slasher vs supernatural horror
  • Books that stand on the precipice of the supernatural
  • Does Paul believe in ghosts?
  • “What if there’s a God/Reader/Writer and he’s an asshole?”
  • The book you write has to be beyond you
  • The unreality of facts
  • Respecting violence in fiction and why bad art is worse than the content it portrays

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Paul, go to his website. Here’s a good interview with Paul at Gridmark Magazine, and another one in legendary horror magazine Cemetery Dance.

• One of my favorite episode of the show is AEWCH 93 with Sara Maria Griffin (and also, I was on Sara’s podcast, Juvenalia, talking about Clive Barker). And here are a few other horror-themed episodes of AEWCH: AEWCH 23 on postmodern horror with Brian Evenson, AEWCH 40 about horror and poetry with Zachary Schomburg, AEWCH 44 on the vampire as a theory with Kelly Link and Jordy Rosenberg, and AEWCH 58 on horror films with screenwriter (of The Invitation and Destroyer, among other things) Phil Hay.

• Paul and I both love Sara Gran’s absolutely scary novel of possession, Come Closer. And Sara was on AEWCH 61, talking Lacan and detective novels. It’s one of my favorite episodes.

• Paul mentions using George Saunders’s book on writing, A Swim in the Pond in the Rain. That said, the best writing book out there, I think, is a bit of a best-kept-secret thing. It’s Stuart Spencer’s The Playwright’s Guidebook.

• The (fun!) cellphone horror novel is Ghoster by Jason Arnopp.

• Weird Studies is one of the best podcasts around. Listen to it. The great quote from the cohost, JF Martel, is “The hope is that (art) saves us in reality by damming us in art.”

• “The Eighth Episode of Twin Peaks: The Return Is Horrifyingly Beautiful

Lake Mungo is a great horror movie. Here’s the trailer.

Until next time friends, hold each other close in the dark,
CH

(oh, and stop tormenting Grover)

If the world is ending, write a poem. Daniel Poppick on AEWCH 157!

21 Jul

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Friends,

I’m so excited to welcome poet and editor Daniel Poppick onto the show.

To start, Daniel reads “Rumors” which is in the style of a haibun (in the style of Bashō), which blends prose and haiku. Here’s an excerpt: “Back at Kristen’s house, staring into this oceanic jigsaw piece, I wondered how or if my friends would recount this evening to one another at some later date: who would remember things correctly as they happened, and what we would all get wrong, if we would ever verify it accurately among one another, being our only witnesses, before we slowly melted down to be sipped up by worms, the whole scene as we remembered or forgot it blown away and buried in the architecture of our dust.”

He also reads “Paradise” and “A Rubber Lion” as well as an excerpt from “The Hell Test (Seven Springs)

ON THIS EPISODE

  • Poetry as concussion
  • How do images become words?
  • How poetry allows for many many worlds and reincarnation helps us solve problems
  • Why a robot pterodactyl matters
  • How a podcast is like a poem
  • The poems we don’t get and why we still read them
  • Experimental poems as threatening generosity
  • Why poets are always writing poems about poetry
  • Hell as a technology for understanding the world
  • Two thoughts exercises on how to live

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Daniel, here’s his website, which has links to lots of great stuff – interviews, poems, essays – on it. • Some more AEWCH episodes with poets:

• Here’s an intro to Bashō, the 17th Century Japanese travel poet who was a huge influence on Daniel’s book, Fear of Description.

• If you didn’t catch the wheelbarrow reference Daniel dropped, it was to William Carlos Williams’s poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” which you can read (and read about) here.

• “I write poetry because I want to be alone and I want to talk to people.” – Allen Ginsburg

• Since Kathryn Davis’s novel, Hell, isn’t available on bookshop.org currently, here’s a link to it.

• “Poems in a way are spells against death. They are milestones, to see where you were then from where you are now. To perpetuate your feelings, to establish them. If you have in any way touched the central heart of mankind’s feelings, you’ll survive.” – Richard Eberhart

Until next time pals,

CH

The problem with environmentalism & conservationism on AEWCH 156 with science writer Michelle Nijhuis!

13 Jul

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Buy Michelle’s book, Beloved Beasts, and all the books mentioned on/related to this episode via my booklist for AEWCH 156 on bookshop.org. Bookshop.org sources from independent bookstores in the US, not a big corporate shipping warehouse where the workers are treated like machines. Plus when you click through here to order, the show gets a small affiliate kickback!

Friends,

I’m very excited to share this episode with journalist and author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting For Life In An Age of Extinction, Michelle Nijhuis.

ON THIS EPISODE

  • The tensions between environmentalism and conservationism (and why I’m more pro-conservationism)
  • Conservationism as globalization and/or a transformation of space
  • The need to erode the centralization of environmentalism
  • The need for science to be met with the social sciences and humanities
  • The death of the Earth
  • Conservation as a protection of possibility
  • The problem with “deadline mentality”
  • How Michelle talks about climate change with her daughter
  • What a non-materialist climate change would look like
  • The reason why “religion versus science” is almost a straw man argument
  • How the core of cryptozoology has become a mainstream conservationist message

SHOW NOTES

• For more on Michelle, go to her website, which has an extensive listing of her (many!) article. And here’s Michelle’s discussion with Judith Lewis Mernit (about Jonathan Franzen’s essay, “Carbon Capture”) which captures the tensions between environmentalism and biodiversity quite well. Here’s her essay on the book about color that influenced Darwin.

Some episodes of AEWCH on science and the environment:

  • AEWCH 34 on how sex confronts materialism
  • AEWCH 82 on why we need to destroy the concept of nature
  • AEWCH 91 with microbiologist and geoscientist Lynn Margulis
  • AEWCH 113 with Duncan Laurie on the un-science of radionics
  • AEWCH 155 on Occult extinction

• When Michelle was talking about how we are bound to consume the environment, I kept thinking about the Friends theme-esque song “Someone Has To Die” by a band I love, The Maritime.

The Quagga Project is one of many initiatives to re-engineer species back from extinction. Sort of.

John Dupré‘s excellent essay, “Are Whales Fish?” appears in the anthology Folkbiology.

• Here are some notes on how Rachel Carson was deeply influenced by the work of Rudolf Steiner.

• “If we want to attain a living understanding of nature, we must become as living and flexible as nature herself.” -Goethe

Until next time, friends!
CH

AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB 155: OCCULT EXTINCTION

6 Jul

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Do you find this podcast meaningful? Support it! This podcast is only possible because listeners like you support it. Do contribute to my mission by supporting Against Everyone With Conner Habib on Patreon Thank you so, so much.

Buy all the books mentioned on/related to this episode via my booklist for AEWCH 155 on bookshop.org.Bookshop.org sources from independent bookstores in the US, not a big corporate shipping warehouse where the workers are treated like machines. Plus when you click through here to order, the show gets a small affiliate kickback!

No show notes this time, just enjoy the ride, if you can!

XO CH