July 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 42 mins
aesthetics, art, beauty, criticism, dave hickey, institutions, las vegas, populism, robert mapplethorpe
Daniel Oppenheimer joins me to discuss his new book on the legendary art critic Dave Hickey, "Far From Respectable."
July 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 34 mins
donald trump, end of the end of history, francis fukuyama, jair bolsonaro, jeremy corbyn, left populism, nigel farage, political outsiders, silvio berlusconi
Phil Cunliffe joins me to discuss his new (co-authored) book about our topsy-turvy political moment: The End of the End of History.
June 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
administrative state, argentina, biopolitics, borges, cesar aira, dog symphony, plague
Sam Munson joins me to discuss Dog Symphony, his prescient 2018 novel of plague and biopolitics.
June 9th, 2021 | 55 mins 49 secs
accelerationism, aesthetics, capitalist realism, hipsters, minimalism, postmodernism, recycling, retromania
Illustrator and designer Sterling Bartlett joins Outsider Theory to discuss his comic book "How Did We Get Here?"
June 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
fredric jameson, postmodernism, postmodernity
Emmet Penney, writer and co-host of ex.haust podcast, joins Outsider Theory to discuss Fredric Jameson's canonical essay "Postmodernism, or the Culltural Logic of Late Capitalism."
May 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 32 mins
bret weinstein, helen pluckrose, intellectual dark web, james lindsay, jordan peterson, quillette, sam harris, substack
Oliver Traldi joins Outsider Theory to address rumors that he is a member of a shadowy organization called the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW), and to assess the IDW's position within online culture war dynamics.
May 13th, 2021 | 1 hr 34 mins
donald trump, frederic jameson, georg lukacs, jacques lacan, marxism, materialist analysis, oj simpson, real housewives, reality tv, slavoj zizek, the bachelor
Tom Syverson, author of the new book Reality Squared, makes the case for why reality TV is an essential form for grasping our bewildering contemporary panorama.
May 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 30 mins
bad boys, literature, outsiders, pascale casanova, pierre bourdieu, prestige, roberto bolaño
Fiction writer and cultural critic Alex Perez joins Outsider Theory to discuss Bolaño, the prestige economy of literature, and the prospects for literary outsiders today.
April 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 15 mins
amir taaki, cody wilson, countercultures, film distribution, incels, internet censorship, neets, tfw no gf
Filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer joins Outsider Theory to discuss her 2020 documentary TFW No GF, the landscape of creative work outside of the mainstream, and why the death of the counterculture is exaggerated.
April 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 27 mins
frankfurt school, ivan illich, jacques ellul, marshall mcluhan, martin heidegger, neil postman, technology, technology criticism
Michael Sacasas joins Outsider Theory to discuss what the tech critics of earlier generations – Ellul, McLuhan, Illich, and Postman – have to say to us today.
April 7th, 2021 | 1 hr 34 mins
Justin Murphy joins Outsider Theory to discuss leaving academia and reading theory against the grain.
March 31st, 2021 | 1 hr 24 mins
barack obama, biopolitics, donald trump, elites, jacques derrida, leo strauss, michel foucault, pedagogy, theory
Blake Smith joins Outsider Theory to discuss the teaching of theory, the formation of elites, and why Foucault was the original Bronze Age Pervert.
March 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 51 mins
adam curtis, conspiracy theory, discordianism, jesse walker, kerry thornley, militia movement, paranoia, robert anton wilson
Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia, joins Outsider Theory to discuss why Trump era paranoid politics was not so different from earlier times and Adam Curtis's new documentary.
March 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 18 mins
cottagecore, fashion, generation z, hauntology, jean baudrillard, mark fisher, millennialcore, roland barthes
Fashion theorist Biz Sherbert joins Outsider Theory to discuss Gen Z online subcultures, Fisherian hauntology, and the centrality of fashion to theorizing late capitalist culture.
March 9th, 2021 | 58 mins
apollinian, burroughs, collective unconscious, dionysian, freud, jung, memes, myth, nietzsche, the internet
Chris Gabriel, creator of the MemeAnalysis Youtube channel, on why memes are now the royal road to the collective unconscious.
March 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
art, balzac, engels, houellebecq, literature, marx, nick land, nietzsche
Critic and artist Adam Lehrer joins Outsider Theory to discuss the mainstreaming of Marxism and the current prospects for dissent in the arts.