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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…
 
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/…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Langdon and Eden must first do battle with, and slay, the ancient demon known as "comps" by wielding the mighty sword of post-modern Marxism (real). Then, they tackle the unbridled, full-on, max-fury, chrome, battle-ready, forgotten, unsung masterpiece that is David R. Bunch's scathing sci-fi satire, "Moderan"!Music played:Parannoul - Beautiful Wor…
 
Returning guest Alison Rumfitt (whose book Tell Me I'm Worthless you need to read) is back to get elbow-deep in medieval pee-pee and poo-poo as we immerse ourselves in Ottessa Moshfegh's Lapvona. Is she crypto-fash? A talentless shock artist? A doo-doo obsessed genius? Just a good writer who writes good books? We discuss this and Alison's new book,…
 
There are more things, but how many more? Let's find out by reading Yara Rodrigues Fowler's There Are More Things, a multi-generational story of queer love and revolution. On the way we discuss London's transportation system, Brazilian politics and millenial sadgirl novels.Music by Cloud Rat and Gnoll.…
 
We are escaping to the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism... Space! Unfortunately, it has been corrupted by capitalism.Olga Ravn's book The Employees spun out of a commission to write a few pages to accompany an art installation and went on to be shortlisted for an International Booker. Music by Tomb Mold and Bekor QilishPlease repo…
 
In Dakota, the twin towers reappear. Inside them Elvis' still-born brother is resurrected. Elsewhere, JFK loses the election and siblings roam the US following their father's elusive, and exhaustive, playlist for a crumbling Union. A DJ croons across the wastes. Reality buckles in the wake of music's death. John Lennon lives. It's Steve Erikson's S…
 
Foul Tarnished, we have Matt Calquhoun with us to extinguish the meagre flame of your ambition by talking about the games of Hidetaka Miyazaki - Demons Souls, Dark Souls, Sekiro and now Elden Ring. We discuss whether these games can really be said to have a politics, the true meaning of nihilism and we solve philosophy by determining that hauntolog…
 
We're joined by one-half of the excellent podcast Twelve Rules for What to talk about their jointly written book The Rise of Ecofascism. We have a wide-ranging conversation that takes in ecofascism's past, present and future and bond over a joint love of Elden Ring.Buy The Rise of Ecofascism from Polity Books: https://www.politybooks.com/bookdetail…
 
In an episode that's been a long time coming, Langdon and Eden tackle Vancian fantasy, the Dying Earth sub-genre, and how these might be subverted to tell both radical and conservative stories. Works covered (beyond the obvious Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance) include Adventure Time, D&D, Gor, The Dancers at the End of Time, Book of the New …
 
The philosophy world has turned on poor, innocent Freidrich Nietzsche, calling him a 'reactionary' and 'proto-fascist' and 'incel' (probably), but YouTuber Jonas Ceika (aka CCK Philosophy)is here to bring him back, jamming his deeply anti-egalitarian thought into that of Karl Marx, who literally invented being nice. Can he make a convincing case th…
 
This time around, Langdon and Eden dive face first into Samantha Hunt's heart-breaking, magical realist, water drenched "The Seas". They discuss topics like the impact of poverty on the psyche, climate change, the collective and individual trauma of the Iraq War (both of them), femininity, and unrequited love. Oh, but not before discussing yassifie…
 
We have the indomitable Gretchen Felker-Martin back on the show to talk about her major-publisher debut, the first ever mainstream horror novel by a trans author, Manhunt. We talk about horror, TERFs, the sublime nature of violence, community and Community (the show).Music by Black Dresses: https://blackdresses.bandcamp.com/album/forget-your-own-fa…
 
Railed a whack book Feel real bad about itFeel like it might 'say something' about 'late capitalism'Just wanted to create 'content' to 'go viral'Had Phoebe Roy-bae from 10,000 Posts and Masters of Our Domain pods on to talk about it.Still feelin' whack tho.Music by Sunrot and Mares of ThraceDEATH // SENTENCE による
 
Eden is back on the solo episode grind, this time covering the beautiful, wonderous, and deco-punk "Radiance" by Catherynne M. Valente. Phantasmagoria on the moon, magnificent space voyages, ruminations on the miracle that is bread, trans-dimensional whales and more!Featured music:Dunsmuir - What Manner of Bliss?https://dunsmuir.bandcamp.com/album/…
 
The best ever death metal and/or literature podcast out of three different countries is talking about John Darnielle's book Devil House, which dissects true crime, storytelling and epistemology itself while still managing to make us cry.Music by Rolo Tomassi: https://rolotomassi.bandcamp.com/album/where-myth-becomes-memoryAnd Celeste: https://celes…
 
A Marxist analytical conversation about the current state of music distribution. Langdon invited RSH, a pop music critic for Billboard as well as a writer at various other venues, to discuss the rift between Spotify and Neil Young. The focus of the conversation is less on the particulars of this specific incident and more on the historical and mate…
 
This time around, Langdon and Eden dive deep into the early stages of human development, the Enlightenment and our political predicament with Wengrow and Graeber's "The Dawn of Everything"! But first, they take a trip to a more recent time, looking at the rise and fall (and rise) of "dark" progressive music through the lens of Pain of Salvation's c…
 
Whoa! Death // Sentence is back, baybee! And so is Gareth! Langdon is also here but Eden is not. What mysteries are revealed with this conjunction, nay, this syzygy? Why, it's the secrets of Alison Rumfitt, author of gothic-horror book "Tell Me I'm Worthless".What if there was a book so good that not only did we end our hiatus prematurely, but the …
 
Winged angels fight with cocky birds. Swordsmen plague the land, looking for a lark. A sailor returns, reincarnated as a soldier. Or does he? That's right, it's the fourth, and final, episode of Book of the New Sun!We did it! We actually did it. This episode wraps up what we both consider to be THE greatest series of science fiction books ever writ…
 
A wind blows through a cruel city. The mountains sing with rain. Ancient tyrants awaken in their holds and everywhere war and the rumors of war leap between the peaks. It's Book of the New Sun - Episode 3!It's Sword of the Lictor time baybee, as our very own multiple-Christ, the one and only (hah!) Severian comes closer and closer to more answers a…
 
The past bubbles up from within forgotten caves. The light that once shined bright now falls and we feel our bodies give way to darkness. Who will save us from our decay? What beast now slouches towards the podcast to be born? It's Book of the New Sun - Episode 2!After taking a break to allow for Life™ (it, uh, finds a way), Langdon and Eden are ba…
 
The future continues to unfold. Swords continue to sing. Prophets continue to roam the land. The past continues to collapse. The present continues to be unintelligible. It's Book of the New Sun - Episode 1!This time around, Langdon and Eden tackle the first volume of Book of the New Sun - The Shadow of the Torturer. Miracles! Resurrections! How may…
 
At last! The fated prophecy has been completed and the first episode of the Book of the New Sun arrives! Spaceships fly to the forested moon! Swords are wielded in the dark! Time bends like so many swallows in the last light of the day! Lots of confusing shit is soon to happen so Langdon and Eden do some setup for the next few episodes, diving into…
 
Smelling faintly of roses and holy words, Eden conjures forth this solo episode. He tackles one of the most beautiful, delicate, and magical books he's read in the last few years, Sofia Samatar's A Stranger in Olondria.FEATURED MUSIC:serpentwithfeet - Amirhttps://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com/album/deacon…
 
On a blazing steed of heat and light, Death // Sentence arrives once again. This time around, Langdon and Eden navigate the post-modern labyrinth that is the Suez Canal stoppage, unravelling the blood-ritual at its core. Then, they discuss "Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space" by Keller Easterling, a mind-boggling, expansive analysis…
 
After recovering from falling out of two buildings consecutively, Langdon finally posts the newest episode. In it, Eden and Langdon tackle NFTs, the new psychopoison of the capitalist age, then tackle the psychedelic mindwarp SF/F novel LIGHT by M. John Harrison. FEATURED MUSIC: Steel Bearing Hand - "Command of the Infernal Exarch", Seputus - "The …
 
On this week's death sentence, Eden and Langdon tackle Suzette Elgin's ambitious linguistic-feminist science fiction novel/project NATIVE TONGUE. But first, they must conquer the United States Stock Market and defeat the evils of reactionary analysis at root within the Gamestop investing push. Eden is transformed into a psychocloud and Langdon cont…
 
Langdon and Eden tackle The Vorrh trilogy by B. Catling, a wild lysergic absinthian literary feast combining shards of magical realism, avant-garde literature, ecstatic spiritualist poetry and prose, anti-colonialism, paganism, fantasy, horror and historical fiction into one spellbinding modern masterwork. But first they must discuss how utterly fu…
 
On this episode, Langdon and Eden tackle the universe's most pressing issue: the nature of the Grinch, the contradictions of the Grinchgeist, and the spiritual warfare that fires his burning heart. Additionally, they cover P. Djeli Clark's novella RING SHOUT, Langdon's book of the year, which is a Lovecraftian counter-read interposing the KKK as se…
 
Langdon and Eden do the long-threatened and discuss House of Leaves, both as a cultural object and as a novel, especially as it pertains to literalizing anxiety states. The novel carries both an overwhelming adoration a reciprocal stigma, both of which cloud its functions as an art object. We seek at least in part to dispel that. Discussion of the …
 
Recovered from Langdon being extremely bad at technology comes an episode long in the making. We actually started prep for this episode over a month ago but, between anxiety breakdowns and, tech issues. BUT: Now we cover the powerful novel THE ONLY GREAT HARMLESS THING by Brooke Bollander, a novel about humanity's history of atavistic self-harm and…
 
On our newest Death Sentence Solo Series, Eden (@tallesteden) discusses Andrew Krivak's THE BEAR, a heart-wrenching and powerful book that peers deeply into both a human and a naturalist terror. That of grief, of solitude, of love and of the natural world. He mentioned sobbing at the end of the book; prepare for a heavy and real one. FEATURED MUSIC…
 
On our newest Death Sentence Solo Series, Eden discusses Jeff Noon's series The Nyquist Mysteries. Jeff Noon is a remarkable figure in the field, sitting somewhere between Philip K Dick and Paul Auster; following that analogy, this series functions almost like Noon's own version of what The New York Trilogy by Auster might look like in the hands of…
 
Langdon and Eden tackle Becky Chambers' Hugo-nominated novella TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE, a work which grapples with the holocratic and highly mediated communal/social side of science. Meanwhile, on the first half, they discuss two radically different images of the teenager: the Kenosha shooter and the girl who made a smart-than-she-got-credit Tik…
 
A solo episode! Langdon launches a new sub-series working through analysis of all of Kazuo Ishiguro's body of work in chronological order. This time it's his debut, A PALE VIEW OF HILLS (1982), a novel exploring a Japanese woman's grief after losing her eldest daughter to suicide following a move to Britain and the confounding non-response of her y…
 
Langdon and Eden breakdown the glittering poetic beauty of Roger Zelazny's seminal science fiction novel LORD OF LIGHT. But first, we have to talk about shoes that look straight up like ribbed condoms as well as the VP pick for the 2020 election. Spoiler: Electoral leftism in the West is a near systemic impossibility and worth less time than the bo…
 
DEATH // SENTENCE returns after a brief hiatus. Between COVID and life changes for our hosts, Gareth has had to step away for the foreseeable future, leaving Langdon to figure out how to run, edit, and host a podcast all on his lonesome. Will Gareth return someday? We will see; the door is certainly open. New cohost Eden Kupermintz, editor-in-chief…
 
Returning champion Margaret Killjoy joins us to talk about her incredible, possibly album-of-the-year album as Feminazgul, No Dawn for Men, the uprising across the US, violence and non-violence, guns and living in the woods.Music by Feminazgul: https://feminazgul.bandcamp.com/album/no-dawn-for-menAnd Vulgarite: https://vulgarite.bandcamp.com/releas…
 
You're going to thank us for this one. Mordew is acclaimed author Alex Pheby's first foray into fantasy, and it's incredible. Imagine Gormenghast, China Mieville, Bloodborne, Dorohedoro- if it's dark, fantasy and stuff we like then it's an ingredient here. We talk about writing, publishing, Dark Souls, Harry Potter and more.You can order Mordew her…
 
Returning guest Michael Seidlinger joins us to talk about his new book Dreams of Being, sushi, wrestling and Meltdown May.Music by FLUIDS: https://maggotstomp-fluids.bandcamp.com/ And Couch Slut: https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/take-a-chance-on-rock-n-rollDEATH // SENTENCE による
 
Poet Brendan Joyce is on the show to talk about his new chapbook (available here on May 1st: https://gumroad.com/nicetryofficer). We talk about our own experiences of the lockdown and unemployment, poetry under quarantine, the possibilities for resistance AND we come up with a sure-fire way to totally destroy the Orange Orangutan Thief-In-Chief.Mus…
 
Down for a quiet, sad book about maybe or maybe not getting your life together? Yeah you are. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan's Starling Days, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Harmless Like You is a gorgeously written, beautifully observed look at how people survive, and how relationships survive when one party wants out.Music by Infant Island: http…
 
Gabriela Herstick (@GabyHerstik) joins us to initiate us into the mysteries of her new book Bewitching the Elements. We learn about witchcraft, the Western Mystery Tradition, the importance of self care in plague times and of course Satan.Music by Outer Heaven: https://outerheaven.bandcamp.com/And Archgoat: https://archgoat666.bandcamp.com/Subscryb…
 
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