A while back I wrote here about how a video of my late friend Rick Roderick had surfaced on the web. I was so astonished by that video — to hear his voice and brilliance after all those years. This wild man of philosophy, a Texo-Marxist genius with a hellacious drawl, was too busy being an activist to get tenure at his first job at Duke University; so he became an itinerant philosopher. And one of his gigs was teaching a series of lectures for The Teaching Company. And now more than a decade after his premature death, he has garnered quite a cult following because of those videotaped lectures now on the web and web sites and a wikipedia entry.
Because of my connection with Rick, the novelist Doug Lain of the Diet Soap podcast invited me to be on his show. We talked about Rick, critical theory, psychoanalysis, and my book on the political unconscious. Doug just posted the wonderfully edited podcast, with clips from Rick’s lectures, the Art of Noise, and other interesting snippets.