The Wonder Of It All (general)











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I've got a new show with Alex Degen! It's basically Calling All Units with another, funnier guy there who knows more. It's about everything! It's just 45 minutes! We've got jokes!

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“But it must not be forgotten that ‘politics’ has been conceived as a continuation, if not exactly and directly of war, at least of the military model as a fundamental means of preventing civil disorder.” - Michel Foucault


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The Wonder Of It All continues to stagger along but I've got a more regular, more focused podcast you might be interested in.

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I talk about Twin Peaks and tv recaps. Yes, even here you aren't safe from Twin Peaks. 

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How making your own condiments can make you incrementally better at cooking in general with no lesson that can be applied to life in general. 

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I examine Ian Bogost's Atlantic article Video Games Are Better Without Stories and ask the all-important question: whose mans is this?

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(AKA Interior Crocodile Alligator:The Cultural Rot Of Mystery Science Theater)

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I talk about Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and Death By Hanging and, in the process, harp on about the prison of language once again. 

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I talk about the Resident Evil movies for 45 minutes. Sorry. 

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I'm joined by Brandon Soderberg to discuss his article Heroes in depth. It's a good idea to read the article before listening to this episode

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Relying on trees to accept that the axe handle is one of their own

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I talk about Stanley Elkin's novel The Dick Gibson Show before giving out about young people until my voice starts to give way. 

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I talk about 1973 film Executive Action. 

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I talk about two documentaries that roughly revolve around elections.

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With the Great @hipped

"The talkie, with the Depression, cast the world back into the blind hole. Each new film reproduces the effect of Hallelujah, threatens us with depression, with panic and can at best show us nothing more than those who escape from it, the last to have reached climax just before the deluge. The talkie dumped us back into the most sinister part of the Judeo-Christian con-game. It is the end of a fraternity." - Jean-Jacques Abrahams, Fuck The Talkies

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With the great Brandon Soderberg (

“There is no life on the earth without the dead in the earth.”— Veljko Petrovic, The Earth

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with the great @funkyassdg

It can’t hurt you, so what are you getting excited about? You’re a skeleton; nothing hurts a skeleton. —Jakov Lind, 1962

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"The crookedness of the Darkness was lack of perception, namely the illusion that there is no one above him." - Gnostic Scriptures, The Paraphrase of Shem

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"You realize that to experience the projected figures on the movie theater screen as life-size involves the reduction of your own body to the size of a doll, while with television, conversely, you must mentally blow yourself up to the size of a giant to account for the minuscule scale of the figures on the small screen" - Mike Kelley

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"If, for the first machine age, the preferred metaphor for the house was industrial, a “machine for living in”, the second machine age would perhaps privilege the medical: the house as at once prosthesis and prophylactic. In the Corbusian ‘home of man’ technology took the form of more or less benign ‘object-types’ and perfectly controlled environments… The line between nature and machine, between organic and inorganic, seemed crystal clear… Now, the boundaries between organic and inorganic, blurred by cybernetic and bio-technologies, seem less sharp; the body, itself invaded and reshaped by technology, invades and permeates the space outside, even as this space takes on dimensions that themselves confuse the inner and the outer…" - Anthony Vidler 

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"To represent is already a murder." —Georges Bataille, 1952

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with the great Mairead (@20000TinyJars)

"Puppets, mannequins, waxworks, automatons, dolls, painted scenery, plaster casts, dummies, secret clockworks, mimesis and illusion: all form a part of the fetishist’s magic and artful universe. Lying between life and death, animated and mechanic, hybrid creatures and creatures to which hubris gave birth, they all may be liked to fetishes. And, as fetishes, they give us, for a while, the feeling that a world not ruled by our common laws does exist, a marvelous and uncanny world." Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel

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With the great Neil Bahadur​

"The humility of his pain made me feel ashamed. In order to leave him without remorse I insulted him. I was able to do so since he loved me to the point of devotion. He gave me a woebegone look, but it was charged with a poor wretch's hatred" - Jean Genet, Thief's Journal

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"Secrecy is as indispensable to human beings as fire, and as greatly feared. Both enhance and protect life, yet both can stifle, lay waste, spread out of all control. Both may be used to guard intimacy or to invade it, to nurture or to consume it." - Sissella Bok, 1982

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"There had been blood. Money and blood. All shoptalk, all expertise had a quality of battle about it, of exultation in the escape from danger. Something was always at stake, every moment you lived. No one could ever really afford to tell the truth. Even after hours, when the store was closed. But sometimes the truth was so good you couldn’t keep it to yourself" - Stanely Elkin, A Bad Man

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"... consider how the female body is made to materialize monstrous qualities by systems of power claiming knowledge of its corporeal signs, how these monstrous qualities are marked as secrets, and how these monstrous secrets become a commodity to be dispensed within these same systems of power. " - Sarah Allison Miller, Medieval Monstrosity and The Female

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"Pain seems to play a part in the process, and the way in which we gain new knowledge of our organs during painful illnesses is perhaps a model of the way by which in general we arrive at the idea of our own body" - Freud, The Ego And The Id

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"...the menace is more stimulating when you're not confronting it up close" - Kathe Kollwitz

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"But seriousness commands us to recognize that it’s the multitude of laws that is responsible for this multitude of crimes."
- Marquis de Sade

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"Waving his arms about, slowly. The music’s getting hotter. He stares out over his arm, half in the dark, he looks, his look is, incredibly intense. The fire comes back faint, then stronger. He seems to be wavering on the spot, half hunched-up, his arms close in to his chest. It’s like he’s doing some strange dance but he can’t quite balance" - Fionna Banner, The Nam

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"Empty hills, no one in sight,
only the sound of someone talking..."
- Burton Watson, 1971

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"You know, to a certain extent I think the formula “the end justifies the means” is valid in music". —D. D. Shostakovich (1968)

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"More than ever, some sort of new arrangement seems in order, some dramatic and unknown arrangement – anything to find release from this heartbreaking sadness I suffer every minute of the day (and night), this killing sadness that feels as if it will never leave me no matter where I go or what I do or whom I may ever know" - Thomas Ligotti

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"It is the custom for the barber to shave the deceased, to powder him, whiten his face and rouge his cheeks and lips, and dress him in a frock coat with patent leather shoes and black trousers, as if going to a ball, may God forbid—this shall not happen to Makso." —Testament of Hatji Makso Despic, drawn up in Sarajevo, 29 March 1921

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"Sadism, hostility an essential element in love. Therefore it’s important that love be a transaction of hostilities." _ Susan Sontag, Journals.

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"I have reached the end of his dreary and repugnant tale of a sense interned in an alien carcass and lumpen by the malignant spirit of the moral majority

I have been dead for a long time

Back to my roots" - Sarah Kane, 4.48 Psychosis

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"...'Therefore,' he reasoned with himself, 'it is love coming to claim me: I have been so long without love, hated at home, living in terror of my children’s lives: it is pure, tender, normal love.'
He began to think of other things..." - Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children

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"This guy's really my favourite kind of victim. Buried in his books, weighed down by cds and videocassettes. It's vile. Loves all the sick writers, accursed artists, degenerate whores. Likes his decadence arranged in alphabetical order. A good spectator, in good health. Knows how to apprecaite the genius of others, from afar, you know. And of course with moderation. Sleeps well, conscience always clear. What we did at his place was a moral duty. " - Virginie Despentes, Baise-Moi

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“Love: a hybrid emotion made up of various other emotions collaged by some weak individual's mind to try to quell a particular horror that's not been wiped out by more standardized symbols like Christ, etc. Nietzsche, right? Whatever.”
― Dennis Cooper

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There are very definite aspects to our culture pattern which give psychopaths encouragement. In America we put great value on the acquisition of material gain, prestige, power, personal ascendance, and the competitive massing of goods. —William Krasner, The Psychopath in Our Society, Neurotica II, 1948 Thursday

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"As if there were a control
so marvelous. 

you could teach it
to eat pain."

_ Maggie Nelson, Jane, A Murder

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"[She bites God in the wrist. An immense spurt of blood lacerates the stag, and through the biggest flash ofl ightning the Priest can be seen, making the sign oft he cross. When the lights go on again, all the characters are dead, and their corpses lie all over the ground...]" Antonin Artaud

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"But is not every square inch of our cities the scene of a crime? Every passer-by a culprit?" - Walter Benjamin

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"To know our enemies' minds, we rip their hearts" - Shakespeare, King Lear

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"The relation between God and human beings is often mediated by the sign of the weapon" - Elaine Scarry

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Solo episode where I talk about the unexplored potential of big data and rap music, prompted by reading an article about some Bob Dylan text analysis bullshit. 

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I'm joined by Mairead (@20000tinyjars) to talk about vending machines, youtube vlogs about vending machines, videos of people beating other people up and how youtube can work with the individual experience. 

This is the channel we primarily talk about:

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I talk to Baltimore City Paper Deputy Editor Brandon Soderberg about the logistics, organization and consideration it has taken to cover the last few years of rallies and protest in Baltimore focused on endemic widescale police brutality

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I talk to comedian Gemma Flynn about what being a comedian is like post podcast boom and how to find an audience eager to laugh about, not at, rap music. 

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I talk to comics critic Joe McCulloch for an hour about Jason Shiga's excellent comic Demon.

Full disclosure: this show is indirectly sponsored by this comic in a way which is too convoluted to explain so by all means construct an elaborate conspiracy theory. 

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I speak to Frank Lantz about what people expect from VR, No Man's Sky and games in general. Frank is Director of the New York University Game Center and co-founder of Area/Code who created games like Drop7 and Parking Wars.

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I talk to Chris Spann about what losing weight and having weight to lose can do to your mind and how he navigated it. 

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Comics scholar and Garth Ennis expert Kelly Kanayama of podcast Fonfliff joins Sean to talk about Ireland's longest running magazine and one of Ireland's best-loved comics creators.

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I use Dennis Cooper's blog crisis to hyper-ventilate about the constant, tragic data loss that goes on every day. 

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Lisa and I talk about the mechanics of a couple of british crime procedurals.

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I review mmo snake and hubris.

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#8 - Extreme Couponing

A solo episode where I talk to you about TLC reality shows. 

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A conversation with composer Joseph Ohegyi (@nogangcolors) about Rick Alverson's recent movies Entertainment and The Comedy. 

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A solo podcast where I review an entire series of splatterpunk paperback thrillers. 

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Journalist Brandon Soderberg and I use Ti West's Sacrement to talk about horror, being in a room, internet documentaries and a lot more. 

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I talk to writer and cultural critic Claire Lobenfeld about horror's ending problem, punchline endings in horror and what Gregg Araki can do to a young mind. 

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