Identity Trouble? AEWCH 26 with Asad Haider!

18 Apr

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Hello friends,

You, like me, may be worn out by identity, identity, identity. There is an identity industry around us. And yet, we also feel and know that out racial, sexual, gender, class, (and on and on) identities play a part in shaping our experiences. But how? And what sort of attention should we pay them? Luckily, Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump and founder of Viewpoint Magazine, is here to help!

Asad and I had a great conversation in his book-filled office at University of Santa Cruz. There’s a little weirdness with the audio on my end, but it’s still pretty much okay. Just turn the bass down and the treble up a bit. You’ll still love it.

The show notes, with links to Bollywood films, Lacan enduring the situationist heckling, essays I wrote about growing up in small town PA and more are all here.

MAM

Me and Chapo Traphouse founder Will Menaker talk a whooole lot about sex.

5 Apr

 

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Yes friends, I have now DPed my podcast and web series with a second founder of Chapo Traphouse, Will Menaker (Felix Biederman was on episode 12), and I couldn’t be happier.

We talk about our respective activism burn outs, SESTA/FOSTA, Kamala Harris, what is the problem with adult entertainment anyway?, why we should prioritize pleasure over work, how different laborers are abused, Three Billboards… and how to hate it or like it, the literalness of culture, why you should definitely hate Call Me By Your Name, what so-called SJWs on college campuses are really upset about, and sensing the emergence of a new coherent political path.

Note – the sound of Will’s voice just makes me laugh because he is so. fucking. funny. So I giggle a lot like, like a goofball. Accept it.

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There is no forgotten man. I talk with leftist feminist icon Erin Gloria Ryan!

21 Mar
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Hello friends! For this episode of AEWCH, I welcome writer, editor, feminist icon Erin Gloria Ryan. Also, she is one of the funniest people in the world. We talk about #MeToo, tweeting, how to navigate creating and engaging with “problematic” art, and how not to listen to people. Also, I tell you my crazy person story about Scott Caan and Erin tells hers about Bob Odenkirk.

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The Horror of Everyday Life. Conner talks with postmodern horror and weird tale author, Brian Evenson!

13 Mar
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So excited to welcome postmodern horror writer Brian Evenson to the show. A true honor. And the first fiction writer on the show! Brian is one of my favorite authors, and his stories are violent, unsettling, and profound.
We talk about horror fiction, the occult, David Lynch, metaphors, the horror of relationships extending into our lives, the concept of doubles, the meaninglessness or meaning of suffering, and revising everything we know. I also ask Brian how a character could get out of one of his stories unscathed.
Brian also reads the beginning of his story, “The Intricacies of Post-Shooting Etiquette” from his collection, The Wavering Knife.
Oh, and also, I ask about if Brian’s stories all stem from boner shame.
To get Brian’s book with Paul Tremblay, Another Way To Fall, go to Concord Free Press.
Enjoy!
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WE MUST DESTROY NATURE – the new lecture ep of AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB!

2 Mar
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Hello friends!
In this lecture ep of Against Everyone with Conner Habib, I talk about how environmentalism is flawed at its foundation: nature. Nature is a concept that we must destroy if we ever want to see and engage with our planet.
To express the point, I pull in my pals Patricia Highsmith, Sigmund Freud, Paracelsus, and more.

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why “nature” is a poorly defined but totally accepted concept.
  • Why our main environmental narratives – going green/sustainability, neo-primitivism, deep ecology – depend on the flawed concept of nature.
  • “Nature is the word we use for the feeling we have of separation with other aspects of the world.”
  • “The concept of nature is the external exhibition of the death drive.”
  • Who are we if we’re imaging mass death to “save the planet?”
  • Have you ever fought just to feel?
  • Erasing the lines between the living and the dead.
  • The world is consciousness states, not objects.
  • Putting ourselves at the center of the world is the only way to encounter it, much less “save” it.

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Love!
CH

Science vs Love, Libertarians vs Socialists, Education vs Freedom: Conner speaks with Thaddeus Russell!

17 Feb

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Hello friends!

So excited to welcome postmodern historian and rebel intellectual, Thaddeus Russell! Thaddeus is founder of Renegade University, his new education initiative (which I maaaaay be teaching a course for soon!). He’s the and author of the excellent, rowdy, boozy book, A Renegade History of the United States

We kick off our talk by discussing the failures of education, then move right into the major flaw of the left, the right, and more: the abandonment of pleasure. Then onto Thaddeus’s favorite (or most popular?) subject, postmodern philosophy.

I love this episode!

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M+T

 

High stakes and giant invisible snakes: Rebel anthropologist and paranormal professor David Shorter on Against Everyone with Conner Habib

9 Feb

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Hello friends!
Here’s episode 20 where I go deeeeeeeep into the woods and tall grass and the reaches of space with Dr. David Shorter. David is the the author of We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances, a healer, and a professor at UCLA, where he teaches courses like “Aliens, Psychics, and Ghosts,” “Meditation for College Students” and more. David is awesome, and we don’t hold back in this conversation, and I’m so happy with it.  This is the first episode in February – and one of three in a row that will be looking at reality claims, objectivity, and postmodernism. All in plain language, hopefully, even if there’s a little inside baseball here and there.

Show notes with further reading here.

*IN THIS EP

  • Spirituality as capitalist consumption
  • How to avoid appropriation but not blind yourself to other cultures
  • Allies and their blind spots
  • Why “I’m not religious but I’m spiritual” doesn’t describe anything
  • Why social justice narratives can become scientistic materialism
  • How do we accept the truth value of different spiritual pathways even though we can’t have access to them?
  • You should be working in the language of the community you’re working in
  • Why do philosophers and activists privilege language so much?
  • We experience the world in content, not language
  • When a snake is a place
  • Why you shouldn’t trust talking butterflies and coyotes, but squirrels that run away from you are cool
  • There are different scientific methods, and some are better than others
  • Why plants don’t come from seeds
  • The scientific method turns the world into objects, and capitalism likes objects
  • Objectification is not dehumanization
  • The spread of English objectifies the mental world (or “objectivate” it)
  • I get mildly cranky about Chapo Traphouse for a sec
  • Why is the Left obsessed with denigrating spirituality and worshipping science with very little power critique
  • How our medical concepts create new diseases
  • Dear indigenous people: “Sorry for everything we’ve ever done to you, now save us.”
  • So-called “alternative” medicine is often just allopathic medicine in disguise
  • How responsible are you for your pain
  • ESTHER HICKS, I AM ENVISIONING YOU ON MY SHOW
  • Health and healing is a language
  • How my Syrian grandmother survived cancer without knowing about it

Here’s David’s website, which has a link to all his articles, his book, and more. Lots of stuff, good stuff, there.

*NOTE: I’m ditching the time signatures, because only a few people use them and they take me literally 2X the episode length to make. So I could be at it four 4 hours just to make those fuckers. If you miss them and are willing to step up and make them for me, let me know!

YDD