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Elle Nash is back on the show to talk about her new book of bodies, babies and bugs, Deliver Me. We talk about parenting, YouTube, the life of a writer and making it in literature in the 2020s.Music by WinterfyllethAll of our Patrons are our babies, and you can join them here to get access to our Discord and hours of bonus content: https://www.patr…
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That's right, we have decided to open up the terrible portal called "The Internet" and ask our listeners some questions! They cover topics like non-metal music we like, books we wouldn't recommend, shows we would undo or prevent, and all sorts of other negations, recommendations, and inquiries.If you'd like to join us on Discord, we're here: https:…
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Ve believe in nothing Lebowski. Gareth has been trying to get Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound since it came out, and in this episode he enlists Langdon to explain it to him. Will they take the Enlightenment to its ultimate conclusion? Will they understand the world through various oozes and gels? Will there be digressions? Yes.CW for discussion of sui…
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Spencer Sunshine joins us to talk about a book that is as cheery as his name suggests: it has Nazis, Industrial Music, Child P*rnography, Charles Manson, Neo-folk, Black Metal, At*mwaffen. It appears that the edgy Feral House guys of the 80s and 90s weren't ironic Nazis - they were Nazi Nazis, and Spencer has the receipts.…
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Vampires are having a bit of a moment, and the best book in the current wave is Genevieve Jagger's Fragile Animals, a literary maybe-vampire story set in Scotland. We talk about why vampires are back, Catholicism, trauma and the best vampire films (Near Dark and The Only Lovers Left Alive).Music by Glassing and Inter Arma…
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Eden sits down with the non-fictional representative of the book of webs, Jesse Kohn, to talk about the weird, beguiling, and bubbling Love Chronicles of the Octopodes by Karen An-hwei Lee! Gene editing, Emily Dickinson, internal monologue, cosmic adventures, the Moon personified, and more whirl in this unique and scintillating book!Music played -T…
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In honor of the world-ending eclipse that's scheduled for today, Gareth and Eden sit down to tackle Sven Holm's Termush! The novel explores an atomic post-apocalypse and the parasitic, depraved, neurotic, and straight up weird well-to-do people who try to survive it. The two tackle ideas of middle class violence and manners, radiation and climate c…
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Ernst Bloch is probably going to be unknown to many listeners, but, according to Horror Vanguard's Jon Greenaway, he's one of the most overlooked and important philosophers of the 20th century. We talk about what Utopia means and what it can mean now that it seems further away than ever.Music by Necrot.…
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What if nasty commoners were going around breaking all the nice people's art? What if we've been getting morality all wrong? We consider all this and more when talking about Kay Dick's rediscovered masterpiece They.Music by Sleepyime Gorilla Museum: https://sleepytimegorillamuseum1.bandcamp.com/album/of-the-last-human-being…
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What if everything you were taught about Neoliberalism was wrong? What if it's not a free-market free-for-all but as tightly controlled as any planned economy? Grace Blakeley joins us to discuss her new book about this, why everything is so expensive, where all the money went and what we can do about it.Music by Full of Hell.…
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We're 'mad for it' on this episode! And by 'mad for it' we mean mad about how Manchester, the city where capitalism and communism were invented, has turned into a nightmare of hotdesking 'spaces', dumb concept bars that last two weeks and towers to store insufferable yuppies. Isaac Rose is here to talk about his new book The Rentier City: Mancheste…
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It's a very chipper and uplifting episode, as Langdon and Eden tackle the question of revolutionary optimism, the role of hope (or lack thereof) in revolutionary politics, and the question of "doomerism".Then, they dive deep into a workplace novel unlike any other, the incisive, empathic, and deeply sad Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind. Dreams, quot…
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This time around, Langdon and Eden talk about how the Internet is dead, actually, and who has killed it. Then, they stay on the topic of demise by diving into Nicole Kornher-Stace's Archivist Wasp, a weird and twisted exploration of death, the afterlife, and trying your best.Music played:Vitriol - Locked in Thine Frothing Wisdom https://centurymedi…
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Josie Riesman joins us to talk about her book on Vince McMahon, the head of the WWE and arguably the creator of modern wrestling, who is now undergoing a long-overdue downfall after certain allegations came to light. Music by Darkspace: https://darkspace.bandcamp.com/I'm sure you'd like a tasty beer to go with this episode - give the cooperatively …
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On this solo episode, Eden kicks off a series looking at a new format for Death // Sentence - the science fiction poem! He does it by diving deep into two fine examples of the format, Aniara and Deep Wheel Orcadia, focusing on themes of language, translation, belonging, deep space, and religiosity!Music played:Ranges - The Slings and Arrows of Outr…
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The singular entity known as Langdon/Eden records a solo episode continuing the long-promised series on Kazuo Ishiguro. This time around, they tackle "An Artist of the Floating World", Ishiguro's second novel and his attempt to tackle post-WWII Japan, masculinity, old age, honor, shame, and more!Music played: Jesus i betong by Cortex https://heartw…
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This time around, Langdon and Eden explore the shadowy and religious urbanity of The Saint of Bright Doors, a fantasy book about knowledge, imperialism, and violence. But first, they talk about the shadow urbanity of the United States of America and Langdon's trans-dimensional adventures with Power Wash Simulator (yes).Music played:Pessimystic - Bu…
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Why aren't books hitting like they used to? Partly it's because of how they're sold, Dan Sinykin says in Big Fiction. We talk about how everyone from Cormac McCarthy to Stephen King and the Million Little Pieces guy explains the Conglomeration Era of fiction.Music by Fawn Limbs & Nadja and Panopticon.Theme tune by Caina.…
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Matt McManus is one of the most perceptive critics of the conservative movement out there, and in The Political Right and Equality: Turning Back the Tide on Egalitarian Modernity he takes them on their own terms, reading major figures from Socrates to Burke, Hegel, Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche to find what links them.Music by Rosa Faenskap and Afterbi…
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On this episode, Adam and Craig of the Acid Horizon podcast join Eden to discuss their new book, "Anti-Oculus: A Philosophy of Escape". The three dive deep into cybernetics, the blindness of the Israeli genocidal apparatus, what it means to control and be controlled, pathways of escape, and how to write good introductions to books.Music played:Exul…
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Langdon and Eden sink deep into M. John Harrison's masterful, erudite, oppressive, and creepy "The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again"! The two discuss the fading landscape of England, London's dire straits, the numbing reality of the Midlands, forests, ponds, disappearing women, post-modernism, and more. But first, they critique the very current and…
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Highly aerodynamic tech investor Marc Andreessen has written a 'Techno Optimist Manifesto' that cites arch-edgelord dork Nick Land as a 'Patron Saint of Techno Optimism'. Has he read Nick Land? Sean of the Wyrd Signal podcast and I conclude no, he hasn't, and in doing so we talk about Land's ideas, Martin Heidegger, Degrowth, Dystopia and The Meg.M…
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This time around, Langdon and Eden begin by talking about literary and epistemological bewilderment before pivoting to the role of knowledge, narrative, and "neutral" understanding in the Palestinian conflict. Free Palestine!Then, continuing the theme of confusion, they tackle the wonderfully beguiling "the book of webs" by Jesse Kohn a fragmented …
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Eden returns and is joined by his compatriot, Langdon, who is definitely not a robot! The two start off by discussing the disappearance acts of The Twin Towers, Jesus Christ, and power metal (yeah) before diving into what is arguably Michael Moorcock's weirdest iteration of the Eternal Champion cycle, The Dancers at the End of Time!Music played:Moh…
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A writer wins a prize but the prize is a UFO and there's a spider-deer hybrid and a time-travelling playwright and- Isabel Waidner's new book is a trip, but it's not just weird for the sake of weird - there's a social critique there, which we talk about on this show, which includes new music by Ragana and Tomb Mold.Be a deer and subscribe to our Pa…
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In 2020 Eliza Clark's debut Boy Parts absolutely blew up. Now she's back and, folks, Penance is even better - twistier, deeper, overall more toothsome than its predecessor. We talk to Eliza about fanfic, true crime, the internet and the TV adaptation of Boy Parts that we've all been hoping for.Music by Agriculture.…
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Commissar of Enlightenment Graham Jones joins the boys to talk about his new book Red Enlightenment, the nature of spirituality, whether communism is a religion and whether we should do a spin-off podcast about riddles and tricks.Music by Radiant Knife and Baroness.על ידי DEATH // SENTENCE
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That's right, this time around, Eden, Langdon and Gareth kick off D//S's series of episodes on The Eternal Champion by covering the so-bad-it's-actually-good origin story in Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock! Swords clash, vampires (maybe) do their thing, and the English are mocked several times!Music played:Tanith - Snow Tiger https://tanithn…
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This time around, Langdon has been colonized by The Mold™, and Eden revisits the issues of identity politics, tracking your consumption of art, and killing the spreadsheet inside our heads!Then, they're both colonized by The Wet™ while discussing Andrew F. Sullivan's excellent "The Marigold", a horror novel about the blood price we pay to cities, t…
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Eden is joined by David Burke (https://twitter.com/metal_analysis), who's researching his PhD at Bath Spa University on the unifying thematics of heavy metal culture! The two discuss what makes something "so fucking metal, dude", the regressive and progressive politics of metal and excess, its ties to sword & sorcery and fantasy literature in gener…
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A dreaded triumvirate episode looms on the horizon as Gareth, Langdon, and Eden dive into the brutal, incisive, and beautifully written "The Doloriad" by Missouri Williams! Under the guise of a post-apocalypse novel, Williams uses this brilliant book to critique hegemonic epistemology, explore topics like veganism and ableism, and above all deliver…
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This time around, Eden is joined by Abraham Josephine “Josie” Riesman, NYT-bestselling authoress of True Believer:The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, and much else besides.The two dive into Philip K. Dick's legacy, investigating his positions on Judaism, his religious exegesis, what we can learn fro…
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Black metal? Isn't that the genre for nazi edgelords with all the Gene Simmons makeup? Well that's where you're wrong kiddo: Bill Peel has written the definitive guide to how it's surprisngly leftist.Music by Darkthrone and Altar of Plagues.על ידי DEATH // SENTENCE
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Langdon and Eden return once again to the vaulted halls of the genius-brain that was Brian Catling. This time around they cover Earwig, a cold and weird story filled with devilish revenge, body horror, killing your abusers, and cats.But first, the two take time to drive a holy stake through the hearts of fools who are trying to do transphobia, but …
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Eden reads one page from Tolkien's Akallabêth (that's right, only one) and discusses themes of memory, myth, Platonism, religion, storytelling, Tolkien's Legendarium , politics, and more on this solo episode!Music played:vvilderness - Nemere, from the beautiful Path: https://vvilderness.bandcamp.com/track/nemereArtwork is Tar-Miriel by Tad Nasmith,…
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In this house... we read Free Indirect: The Novel in a Postfictional Age by Timothy Bewes with Jon Greenaway aka also known as TheLitCritGuy. What can a novel do? How can it 'think'? What does this all have to do with posting and low-budget Canadian analog horror? Music by BIG|BRAVEעל ידי DEATH // SENTENCE
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What will be your job in the Leftist Commune? M. E O'Brien and Eman Abdelhadi have written the book of the evergreen Twitter question. and I'm only kind of joking. Everything for Everyone is a fictional oral history of post-revolutionary New York, taking the reader through how life could work without money, the government or even the family.Music b…
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Dr. Eleanor Janega (also of the We're Not So Different podcast) joins us to discuss her book The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval On Women's Roles in Society. We discuss how Plato and Hippocrates ruined things for everyone, what the average person gets wrong about the Medieval period and what our boy Satan has to do with all of this.Music by Yok…
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Eden returns with another solo episode, this time diving into the New Weird inflected fantasy of K.J. Bishop's "The Etched City"! God-creators stalk the night, crocodiles prowl the river, gunslingers duel in the streets, and all the while the world unravels before our eyes. Just another day in Ashamoil!Music played:Agriculture - The Circle Chant ht…
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This episode, Langdon reports on his adjusted power levels while Eden rambles about dying alone in space. Or perhaps building a flourishing community in space? Both? You'll see (it's the first one).Then, we discuss Stepan Chapman's The Troika, potentially one of the most (if not the most) whip-lashing, weird, and exquisitely written books we've cov…
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Tariq Goddard joins us to talk about his new book High John the Conqueror - part police procedural, part folk-horror fantasy. Tariq also happens to be the publisher of Repeater Books, the best leftist press in the entire world, so we have plenty to talk about, including cops, psychedelia, the South West of England and the state of publishing.…
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On this episode of Death // Sentence, Langdon and Eden kick things off by summoning the worst version of Eden possible - Conservative Eden! He rants on and on about the whiplash reaction to Sad Puppies and the inevitable, and awful, rise of identity politics focused SFF.Then, the two discuss Jeffrey Ford's The Physiognomy, a World Fantasy Award win…
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NORMAL ISLAND RIGHT? Britain has been even more NORMAL than usual lately, so we invited Phil Burton-Cartledge on the show to talk about his book Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain. We cover the past, present and hopefully short future of the Tory Party, the hidden motivations of its leading figures and our shared l…
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Hark, wary traveler: Today, Langdon ventures out alone to feast, to hunt, to kill. Also they interview a returning Trevor from Putrescine and Ivan from Kosmogyr about their recent split LP DESOLATE TIDES. All being pretty bored of standard interview shapes and topics, the results are more a conversation than drilling into what inspired them to writ…
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We've got all three of the podcast's Toxic Litbros on the pod today because we want to talk about Susanna Clarke's incredible Piranesi, the long-awaited follow-up to the modern classic Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. We talk Platonism, the Tarot, and a weird Meshuggah concert.Music by Fliege: https://dasfliege.bandcamp.com/…
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The Discourse Labyrinth has once again trapped Langdon and Eden! First, they must do battle with online """Leftists""" to defend a Marxist reading of Foucault (while stabbing the actual man repeatedly, luckily he is already dead).Then, the two dive into the maze of Platonist, reality-bending, weird fantasy that is Alex Pheby's Malarkoi! Talking dog…
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To celebrate 3,000 followers on Twitter, Eden sits down for a solo episode exploring Hope Mirrlees' "Lud-In-The-Mist", a forgotten classic of faerie metaphor. The discussion revolves around Mirrlees herself, the undertones of class in the story, and how it further explores tension between city and country, center and periphery, and more.Music playe…
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