Reading Lisa Ruddick's "When Nothing is Cool"

March 13th, 2018 · 1 hr 8 mins

About this Episode

Phil and JF discuss Lisa Ruddick's "When Nothing is Cool," an essay on the postmodern humanities and its allergy to essences -- especially that personal essence we call soul. Maybe the soul is a heap of miscellaneous notions and influences that I paint a face onto and then call "me." Or maybe there is something under that painted effigy of the self. If so, what? And if there's nothing under there, could it be a nothing that delivers?

WORKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE

Lisa Ruddick, "When Nothing is Cool"

Elizabeth Gilbert, "Your Elusive Creative Genius"

Judith Halberstam, "Skinflick: Posthuman Gender in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs"

Daniel Chua (the musicologist whose name Phil couldn't remember)

Brett Easton Ellis, American Psycho

Mary Harron, American Psycho (film)

David Lynch, Twin Peaks: The Return