Category Archives: The Arts

Outsider Theory: Joker in the Labyrinth with Mónica Belevan

Outsider art historian and hypnotist collector Mónica Belevan joins Outsider Theory to discuss her various attempts to track the structures of feeling of the present. We explore the aesthetics and sensibilities of the Baroque and their relevance for grasping the topoi of the Covid era – in particular, the image of the labyinth, the theme of the madness of the world, and the figure of the clown (embodied lately in Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker). Finally, we reflect on the awakening of the sacrificial unconscious by the Dionysian onslaught of the plague and the still unfulfilled need for symbolic resolution.

Outsider Theory: The Unacceptable Beauty of Erzsébet Báthory with Alex Kaschuta

The Hungarian countess Erzsébet Báthory (1560-1610), allegedly one of the most prolific mass murderers ever, occupies the border zone between history and legend. She has become a part of the vampire mythology associated with Southeast Europe as well as a subject of fascination for avant-garde writers and artists and a frequent pop culture reference. Báthory emerges out of the shadowy depths of archaic magic, but also stands as a proto-modern female Faust whose commitment to her own all-consuming violent passions anticipated the visions of the Marquis de Sade. In an age of attenuated taboos, her extreme acts retain the capacity to shock us; she still hovers on the Outside of civilized life.

My guest Alex Kaschuta and I use Báthory as a starting point for discussing the paroxysms of the modern ideal of individual freedom, with some help from Sade, Camille Paglia, and the surrealist writers Valentine Penrose and Alejandra Pizarnik. We also address the tendency of recent pop culture to domesticate the terrors of Báthory’s crimes, and the way that her type of Sadeian sexual depravity, often denied or downplayed, resurfaces in discussions of porn and sex robots.

Alex’s writing and podcast:

Alejandra Pizarnik, “The Bloody Countess”

Valentine Penrose, The Bloody Countess: Atrocities of Erzsébet Báthory_



Source: Outsider Theory: The Unacceptable Beauty of Erzsébet Báthory with Alex Kaschuta

Carelords, Art Thots, and Liquid Modernity: Talking with Anna Khachiyan – American Greatness

Anna Khachiyan joins “The Chris Buskirk Show” to discuss how modernity broke civilization, denatures and degrades humanity, and how nice she is IRL. They also discuss the state of art and architecture, the desirability and necessity of religious revival, and living in a tiny house in Google’s parking lot.

The American Mind Podcast Episode 49: End of 2020, COVID, shutdowns, Christmas Carols

2020 is drawing to a close, and with vaccines rolling out across the nation, so too is the COVID pandemic. Hypothetically. But this won’t stop the ruling classes from coming up with other cockamamie reasons to shut you down and take your money. Don’t despair, though: the editors are here to lift your spirits on this Christmas special with discussion of their favorite carols and more.

Source: The American Mind Podcast: The Roundtable Episode #49 – The American Mind