October 12, 2018
Patrick Farnsworth of the Last Born in the Wilderness podcast joins Parallax Views for a nearly two-hour, wide-ranging, sobering conversation on man's future in light of the possibility of catastrophic climate change. Despite the grim subject matter Patrick tries to offer a glimmer of hope in what many are dubbing the "Anthropocene", arguing that if we are past overshoot in climate change there nonetheless remains a redemptive potential in how we, as species, deal with it. Among the topics we cover are Patrick's TedX talk "Forging Connection in Perilous Times", "doomerism", grief in relation to the possibility of eco-catastrophe, how lifestylist environmentalism is not enough, alienation and technology, Dr. Christopher Ryan's writings on human sexuality and anthropology, ideology and the narratives we tell ourselves, psychedelics, critiquing Steven Pinker's defense of neoliberalism and the culture of logic-bros, the importance of love and human relationships, the idea of "Exit" and Patrick's discussion with Douglas Rushkoff about Rushkoff's article "Survival of the Richest", consciousness and panpsychism, religion and dogma, the little talked about problem of global dimming, and much more.
October 11, 2018
On this edition of Parallax Views returning guest Doug Lain, author of the sci-fi novel Bash Bash Revolution and publisher at Zero Books, discusses Zero Books severed ties with author Nicolas Hausdorf after finding out that he had began writing for the "post-political" (reactionary) magazine Jacobite. You can hear Doug discuss this issues with the author in question on Zero Squared #171: Pssst... Socialist Oppose Reaction.
During the course of the conversation we discuss a number of topics ranging from how leftists activists end up going down the reactionary rabbit hole, free speech, the anti-SJW industry, Neoreaction (NRx) and its idea of The Cathedral, Doug's memories of the occult-flavored synchromystic subsculture of the 00's and how it may tie into these matters, whether "politics is downstream from culture", Moishe Postone's essay "History and Hopelessness: Mass Mobilization and Contemporary Forms of Anticapitalism" and unrefined manifestations of anti-imperialism on the Left, Adorno and the Frankfurt School's views on culture, alienation in political activists and the youth, Angela Nagle's critique of transgressive or "edgelord" culture, psychedelic and New Age reactionarism, socialism as "The Loyal Opposition", Jordan Peterson and the IDW vs. the reactionaries of the alt right and NRx, and more.
And yes, Doug does speak about the recent kerfuffle around the recent Angela Nagle vs. Sargon of Akkad debate in this conversation.
October 4, 2018
On this edition of Parallax Views returning guest, my partner-in-crime at Zero Books' Alternatives podcast, and personal friend C. Derick Varn returns to discuss the life and punditry of Britain's arch-conservative pessimist Peter Hitchens. Although his renown, at least in the U.S., has often been eclipsed by that of his brother, the late New Atheist crusader Christopher Hitchens, Peter is a fascinating figure in his own right who has become the UK's resident doom-and-gloom reactionary that liberals and leftists alike love to loathe. And yet Hitchens rejection of Reagan-Thatcherite individualism, coupled with his scathing critiques of elites on both sides of the political spectrum, have made him a commentator of interest to left-leaning individuals like myself, C. Derick Varn, and Kill All Normies author Angela Nagle among others. He may not be someone we agree with, but he is a refreshing and worth adversary, especially in the sea of grifting hacks that make up much of the right-wing media ecosystem today.
September 29, 2018
On this edition of Parallax Views we conclude the epic three part conversation with Nikolas Schreck by covering his research into the Charles Manson case, specifically the aftermath of Manson's death, as well as delving into of the political controversies surrounding Nikolas, his work, and Radio Werewolf.
The conversation begins with Nikolas tying his adventures among Hollywood's horror icons to the Manson case via his interaction with Ferdinand Mayne, the star of Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers, who told him there was more to the Manson case than D.A. Vincent Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" narrative. From there we take some time to talk about Nikolas' investigation into the case culminating in his book, The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, which proposes an alternative theory of the murders involving a drug burn gone awry.
Then we dig into Nikolas' work writing the final chapter on the Manson case, namely the death of Manson and its seedy aftermath involving an evangelical huckster claiming to be Manson's grandson, a television ghost hunter, and the "murderabilia" industry trying to make a profit off of Manson's corpse. This leads into a discussion of how the Manson saga has been exploitated for profit in a way that disrespects all involved, including the victims.
And finally we close this epic three part conversation out with some reflections on the political controversies surrounding Manson's belief and the imagery of Radio Werewolf as well as discussing how Nikolas' own ideas about the world and politics have evolved since his conversion to Buddhism.
September 26, 2018
Radio Werewolf in the 80's black comedy Mortuary Academy
On this edition of Parallax Views we continue the conversation with Nikolas Schreck from Ep. 35. In this portion of the conversation we delve into Nikolas' adventures in Hollywood, or perhaps more accurately his adventures in Horrorwood!
We begin by discussing Radio Werewolf, the infamous L.A. goth band that Nikolas spearheaded as a lead vocalist. Nikolas explains both the both the controversial and sardonic aspects of the band, the misconceptions around Radio Werewolf, and the band's appearance in the 80's cult black comedy Mortuary Academy starring Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov.
From there we delve into Nikolas' many experiences with Hollywood's horror icons including Barbara Steele, the Dracula Society's Donald A. Reed, Bongo Wolf, Vincent Price, and others. We take special care to delve into Nikolas' relationship with the underrated filmmaker Curtis Harrington, whose arthouse horror Night Tide starring Dennis Hopper comes highly recommended by both Nikolas and Parallax Views, and Sir Christopher Lee of Hammer's Dracula franchise, both of whom Nikolas collaborated with professionally.
Sir Christopher Lee with Zeena and Nikolas Schreck
September 24, 2018
This edition of Parallax Views presents the first of an epic three-part interview with the controversial ex-Satanist-turned-Buddhist-practioner Nikolas Schreck. In this first segment we take a deep dive into Schreck's book The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema, which has recently been republished in a German edition entitled Luzifers Leinwand with brand new, updated material including a fresh introduction.
We begin by discussing how Nikolas first became interested in the devil and all his works. Nikolas recommend reading Satan Superstar, recently published by the UK's Reprobate Press, due to it's lengthy biographical interview with him entitled "The Nikolas Schreck Files". From there we delve into the definition of Satanism and Nikolas' critique of atheistic brand of Satanism popularized by Anton LaVey's Church of Satan.
Then we delve into The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema. Nikolas discusses how The Satanic Screen was never intended as a simple "Satanists' Guide to Movies", but rather as a philosophical, religious, and sociopolitical reflection on old scratch through the lens of film. This leads us into a discussion of the new introduction for Luzifers Leinwand which details the many misconception of the Devil, made by both Christians and Satanists alike, in the Bible's Old Testament. We discuss issues like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the real meaning of Lucifer in the Bible, what "Satan" actually means, the "Divine Council" of Gods known as the "Elohim", and much more.
After digging into these theological matters we transition to a discussion of the devil in pop culture starting with the "magic lantern". We then discuss the devil's many appearances in cinema from the silent era (The Magician) to the 1930's (The Black Cat) and beyond. We take special notice of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (and to a lesser extent The Fearless Vampire Killers) and William Friedkin's The Exorcist. Through these two films we examine the sociopolitical undercurrents that helped fuel the Satanic Panic. In addition we discuss the adult film The Devil in Miss Jones to understand the role of eroticism in Satanic cinema. We then wrap up discussing how the devil's portrayal in cinema over the years acts as a cultural barometer for what we, as a society, consider evil during any given period.
September 15, 2018
This edition pays tribute to the late sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction author Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 - June 28, 2018) featuring conversations with legendary television personality John Barbour and author Robert Guffey.
John Barbour, a film critic, documentarian, and the man some credit with inventing the reality TV through the show Real People, shares some of his personal experiences interviewing Harlan Ellison. John shares some hilarious stories about Harlan and his notoriously cantakerous personality as well as Harlan's lawsuit against James Cameron over plagarism claims regarding The Terminator. In addition, we take some time to talk about John's many experiences in showbiz with character like New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (who became the basis for Oliver Stone's JFK and who has been the basis for 2 documentaries by Barbour), comedians Dick Gregory and Redd Foxx, musician Frank Zappa, and the rowdy shock talk show host Joe Pyne (whose been credited with being the precursor for talk show hosts like Jerry Springer, Morton Downey Jr., and Wally George).
After that I speak with author Robert Guffey, who recently wrote the sci-fi novel Until the Last Dog Dies among many other books, about the influence Ellison has had on himself and his writing. In this conversation Robert and I discuss some areas of Harlan's career that have not been covered much elswhere, including his time as the host of Hour 25 and Harlan's desire and willingness to help and mentor other writers. We also discuss the importance of Harlan's work and some of it's underlying themes as well as how Robert has utilized Ellison's stories in teaching creative writing classes.
Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 - June 27, 2018)
September 14, 2018
This edition pays tribute to the late sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction author Harlan Ellison (May 27, 1934 - June 28, 2018) featuring conversation with Cultured Vultures' Ben Arzate, author Joshua Ellis, and Zero Books' C. Derick Varn.
Harlan Ellison is known for many things: writing what many consider the best episode of Star Trek, suing James Cameron over The Terminator, having one of the most cantakerous personalities in SF, and, most importantly, being a damn good writer! In these conversations we both celebrate Harlan's life and work while also trying to honestly examine some of the more controversial elements of this late, great author.
In these these conversations you'll hear a number of different takes on Ellison and his legacy including discussion of his artistic vision, the moralism inherent to his stories, his Star Trek episode City on the Edge of Forever, his short story and later video game I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream, his legendary cantankerousness, his progressive social views, and his interest in the theories of psychoanalyst Carl Jung. All that and much more in the first part of the Parallax Views tribute to Harlan Ellison!
September 10, 2018
On this edition of Parallax Views we'll be reflecting on the 17th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States via a conversation with 28Pages.Org founder Brian McGlinchey. 28Pages.Org was founded in July 2014 to shed light on Saudi Arabia's connection to 9/11 as highlighted in the formerly classified "28 Pages" of the 9/11 Joint Inquiry. Among the topics we cover in this discussion are the September 11th families like the "Jersey Girls" who have sought to bring this issue to light, the 9/11 Joint Inquiry vs. the 9/11 Commission, the possible reasons that the House of Saud could have had for funding the 9/11 terrorists, Brian's recent interview of "Phoenix Memo" FBI agent Kenneth Williams, and more.
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