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The Burning Archive Podcast #8 – Cultural Decay and the meaning of the Burning Archive

I have posted episode 8 of The Burning Archive Podcast  – Cultural Decay and the meaning of the Burning Archive. You can listen to this podcast on SpotifyApple and other platforms.

In this episode I discuss cultural decay – the theme of cultural pessimists for centuries, and of this writer for a decade or more, including many posts on this blog. In this episode I survey some favoured prophets of cultural doom from Matthew Arnold, Max Weber, Stefan Zweig, Walter Benjamin, and the more witty and balanced Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.

Poetry makes an appearance too – with Arnold’s “Dover Beach”, Yeats’ “Second Coming”, my own reading of “The Burning Archive” (which now you can also listen to on Youtube poetry video, and lastly a special guest appearance of Ezra Pound reading from his Cantos. Trust me – it all makes sense in the end.

The podcast features some audio from others including:

The podcast covers some important themes for me, and offers a glimpse into the meaning of the image of the Burning Archive for me – the fountainhead of this blog, many poems, thoughts on our cultural condition, my podcast and now my YouTube channel.

I have written several posts on the topic over the years that you might like to explore, such as:

Image Credit: Paul Klee, Angelus Novus, as discussed in Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

By Jeff Rich

Jeff Rich writes poetry and many forms of prose - this blog, history, essays, fiction, briefings, even kind questioning tweets. His podcast - The Burning Archive - talks about all things history and culture from the unusual perspective of a very minor government official. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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