In this episode of the Tank Magazine podcast, Jan-Peter Westad talks with the writer Charlie Fox. His debut book This Young Monster was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions this year and has been praised by the likes of John Waters and Chris Kraus. From Stranger Things and David Lynch to Leigh Bowery and Arthur Rimbaud, the essay collection takes a piercing and playful look at all things monstrous, celebrating artists who find beauty within the dark and the disturbing.
This episode is a recording of Liberalism and Ignorance, a talk hosted in collaboration with the MIT Press, between the academic Daniel DeNicola and the journalist Edmund Fawcett.
DeNicola is the chair of philosophy at Gettysburg College and the author of Understanding Ignorance: The Surprising Impact of What We Don't Know, published by MIT Press. Edmund Fawcett is a former correspondent for The Economist and the author of Liberalism, the Life of an Idea.
In this episode, Justin E.H. Smith reads his essay Party animal: an education in individual expression and the importance of solidarity. Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris – Denis Diderot. He is also the author of The Philosopher: A History in Six Types and Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy. The text version of this piece is published in the Tank Party issue.
Fiona Leahy throws parties for a living. Since 2005, she has produced parties including Dita Von Teese’s wedding to Marilyn Manson, store openings, intimate dinners and lavish events for Louis Vuitton, Emilia Wickstead, Christian Louboutin and Middle Eastern royalty. Tank's Tamsin Blanchard asks Leahy about the secret to a great party.
The Book Issue: The artist Sam Contis discusses her photo book Deep Springs (MACK), which centres on the remote all-male liberal arts college based in the Sierra Nevada, with Tate assistant curator Shoair Mavlian.