Requiem For A Cyborg Future Tomorrow

On another double episode, I talk about Eugene Lim’s Dear Cyborgs and Nicky Drayden’s The Prey of Gods, but also Metal Gear Revengeance again, Black Panther, prestige television, Pig Destroyer and the meaning of literature or something.

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Music by Sacred Son:


Zebra Don’t Read This, Punpun Hello (Call Me Zebra and Goodnight Punpun)

It has always been my dream to record extremely likable #content, and in this episode, I think I’ve finally done it. I talk about Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Call Me Zebra and Inio Asano’s Goodnight Punpun, but also relatable topics like sweaty Manga dudes, the Death Stranding trailer, when bae be acting crazy, work, finding porn, poop gods, Don Quixote and how little my opinions matter. There’s something for everyone!

Music by Dawn Ray’d:

And Leechfeast:

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(Seriously guys, this episode is so likable, you don’t even know.)

The Chandler Klang Smith Interview Episode

In this interview with the author of the rather good The Sky Is Yours we talk genre, getting published, reading slush piles, dragons, Logan Paul and the CIA cutting holes in your clothes. Just another regular episode of the internet’s most normal podcast!

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‘Clocking People- An Original Idea’ (Moshin Hamid’s Exit West)

On this very special episode, I come up with a far better idea than podcasting: a Youtube series in which an Australian Death Metal vocalist who wears a grandfather clock on his head runs around town headbutting people. Like, really giving it to them. Unfortunately, to get this million dollar original idea (do not steal it) I had to slog through Moshin Hamid’s Exit West, a very bad book. I also talk about portals, firearms, the Turkish assault on Afrin, the Spanish Civil War, why I had to read Roland Barthes eight times instead of Hemmingway, and I reveal the best vocalist in all of extreme music.

Music by Portal:

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The Sarah Podcast (Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book)

In this episode, I discuss what it means to be a Dirtbag in reference to Scott McClanahan’s The Sarah Book, and relate the true story of my high school years, when I found myself very much in love with a girl (Noelle), who I wanted to take to an Iron Maiden concert, even though she had a boyfriend, but who ended up taking *me* to an Iron Maiden concert in a heartwarming twist. I also talk about Ramen, porn theatres, atonal music, Chapo, Appalachia, academia and I read poetry like I’m fancy or something.

Music by Twilight Fauna:

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Robot Nut Rising: Revengeance (Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous)

This week I read Autonomous by Annalee Newitz, and for once I actually enjoyed something. As always I ask the important questions: can robots nut? What doth capitalism? When everything can be owned… can robots nut? I also talk about Ready Player One, The Rapture of the Nerds, Metal Gear Solid, conventions of the Noir genre, my snow-plow guy, the politics of the X-men, capitalist realism and whether robots can nut.

Music by Artificial Brain:

and Rotting Sky:

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The Calgary-Edmonton War of ’18 (Sebastian Junger’s Tribe)

Sebastian Junger is the author of War and The Perfect Storm and the director of the Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. He’s also bae af, but that’s neither here nor there. His short book Tribe kinda-almost argues against human civilization, so you know I’m into it. I’ll talk about Pirates, Native American torture practices, how to blow up a dam (it’s easier than you think!), the siege of Sarajevo, my plan to fix the city of Calgary through perpetual war with our rival city Edmonton, and I ask Mr. Junger if he would like to see Jumanji.

Music by Paroxysm (

and Spectral Voice (

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A Margot in a World of Roberts

This episode was supposed to be about Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, but mid-way through reading Cat Person came out and the game changed. We’ll talk about viral fiction (trademarked term, please do not steal), feminism, consent, bad sex, moles, SCUBA diving, and trying to not be a Robert.

Music by Ragana and ( and Couch Slut (

The Handmaid’s Fail (We are DEVO)

Louise Erdrich has won every literary award save for the Nobel over a long and distinguished career… and now she’s written a literary post-apocalypse book that does a lot of what The Handmaid’s Tale did in 1985, only worse and with dinosaurs. We’ll talk Catholicism, indigenous identity, the hashtag-resistance, dinosaurs, guns, the literary post-apocalypse genre that should have began and ended with The Road, dinosaurs, and we’ll reveal the long-suppressed truth about de-evolution!

Music by Jassa ( and Thantifaxath (