This time, Daniel welcomes special guest Rebecca Lewis to the show. Rebecca is the author of the Data & Society report 'Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube' about which Eric Weinstein was such an asshole (our word, not Rebecca's).
Content Warnings as ever.
Rebecca's Twitter: https://twitter.com/beccalew
IDSG 62 (on Eric Weinstein and Peter Thiel, etc): https://idontspeakgerman.libsyn.com/62-eric-weinstein-part-2-cancel-culture
CW: brief discussion of rape.
Cycling several incarnations before appearing on record, Scottish singer Donovan Leitch’s “Lord of the Reedy River” is a minor classic of his career. Getting performances on a 1968 TV programme and a 1969 celebrities’ demo reel romcom before appearing on Donovan’s 1971 double LP HMS Donovan. Serene, erotic, creepy, and sensuous all at once, Donovan somehow manages to make the Greek myth of Leda and the swan, a fable in which Zeus seduces or rapes (depending on the telling; Ovid, surprisingly, removes the rape, while Yeats writes about it as one) the Aetolian princess Leda. Donovan’s telling is a strictly romantic and erotic one, rejecting the sexual violence of the tale in favor of a sensuous, mythical love affair (“she fell in love with a swan” has no business sounding as beautiful as it does, but that’s Donovan). It’s a stunning piece of work that fixates on the uncanny and eerie aspects of the tale (“he filled her with song,” “she in my boat long hours/he in his royal plumage”). The ...
Apologies for taking so long to update this show. We've been having some technical difficulties and life difficulties largely caused by lockdown. Such is life (and death I suppose). Dead men record no podcasts with the exception of Chris Cantwell.
Anyway, Of Human Bondage, the podcast where Kit Power, Sam Maleski, and myself watch and analyze the Eon series of James Bond 007 films, has returned. This month we're discussing From Russia With Love, the first true classic Bond movie, for all the polysemic pregnancy of that phrase. And for the first time, we're joined by a guest, the brilliant Chris O'Leary, author of the (ostensibly) now completed and sublime David Bowie blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame, its two-part book adaptation Rebel Rebel and Ashes to Ashes, and currently, the delightfully sprawling blog 64 Quartets, which is exactly what you think it is. He's a great addition to our little entourage, and we expect we'll speak to him again down the line (about a much worse movie, per Chris' request).
It's a great time. Sam, Kit, and I always walk away from recording sessions feeling elated after laughing and commiserating ...
Hey, all. Sorry to shill for myself once again, but the Patreon has been slipping a little. $300 is the bare minimum where I can comfortably live off my blogging, and the Patreon has dipped below that slightly. Any help is appreciated.
After a few weeks working with Bush in Townhouse Studios, a mollified Hugh Padgham was called to musical duties elsewhere. Bush commissioned the younger Nick Launay, who was coming off production duties on Public Image Ltd.’s drums-and-reverb LP Flowers of Romance, to replace Padgham. The close ages of the two collaborators (Bush was 22, Launay was 20) assisted their rush into youthful creative maximalism. “[It] really was like the kids are in control,” effused Launay. “I came from the punk rock thing, and to me she was punk rock.” Bush and Launay’s work together produced an attitude of kitchen sink realism, if you define kitchen sink realism as “we’ll throw the kitchen sink off a cliff and it’ll sound real neat!”
Bush’s newfound role as producer is at the heart of The Dreaming. For all intents and purposes ...
This week, Daniel is joined by a special guest Ed Burmila who blogs at Gin and Tacos and hosts the Mass for Shut-Ins podcast. A free-form chat about the way things are and the way they're going. Fun despite the depressing subject matter.
Content Warnings, as ever.
Ed's Twitter: @edburmila
Gin and Tacos blog: http://www.ginandtacos.com/
Mass for Shut-Ins: https://massforshutins.libsyn.com/
Another of our occasional movie episodes, this time looking at famous (and bad) 90s movie American History X starring Edward Norton as a neo-Nazi skinhead.
Content warnings apply.
Also, we introduce our new theme music, courtesy of Lune the Band.
Just wanted to remind everyone that we're now in the final day of the TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 8 Kickstarter. We've blown through most of the stretch goals—all of them, actually, and I've ended up adding a few more. At the time of writing we're just under $15k, which will be the trigger for another War Doctor essay looking at short fiction and comics stories featuring the character. And then at $16k, I'll throw in an essay on Titan Comics' 9th Doctor comics. All of that's very doable with an even modestly strong final day. So if you've been meaning to back, now is your chance. And please, do make a mention of it on your favorite social media channels. This is within sight of being my most successful Kickstarter ever, and I'd be very delighted if we manage to nick that record.
Once again, the Kickstarter is over here. And I'll be back in literally just a couple of days with a long awaited book launch announcement. :)
The final (for now) part of of coverage of the IDW's Weinstein brothers. Back to Eric, with special reference to his boss Peter Thiel and the Gawker affair, Eric's response to Becca Lewis' Alternative Influence Report, and to Eric's thoughts on BLM and the current protests.
Owen Thomas, Gawker, "Peter Thiel is Totally Gay, People." https://gawker.com/335894/peter-thiel-is-totally-gay-people
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Most Expensive Comment in Internet History?" https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/hogan-thiel-gawker-trial/554132/
Steven W. Thrasher, "Peter Thiel's Gawker War Not His First Brush With a High-Priced Vendetta." https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jun/05/peter-thiel-gawker-lawsuits-james-okeefe-acorn
Maureen O'Connor, Gawker. "Christina Hendricks Says THese Giant Naked Boobs Aren't Hers, But Everything Else Is." https://gawker.com/5890527/christina-hendricks-says-these-giant-naked-boobs-arent-hers-but-everything-else-is
Maureen O'Connor, Gawker, "Olivia Munn's Super Dirty Alleged Naked Pics." https://gawker.com/5890506/olivia-munns-super-dirty-alleged-naked-pics-lick-my-tight-asshole-and-choke-me"
Bollea v. Gawker at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollea_v._Gawker
Rebecca Lewis, "Alternative Influence: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube." https://datasociety.net/library/alternative-influence/
Eric Weinstein abuses Becca Lewis ...