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From February 23 to 27, 2012, Jonathan Bowden visited California to speak at a private Counter-Currents gathering in the Bay Area. On Sunday, February 26, after the official program had ended, Jonathan and I sat down in my breakfast room in front of a microphone and talked about philosophy, politics, religion, and above all art. This is, to my knowledge, the last interview Jonathan recorded. He died a little more than a month later on March 29, 2012.
Jonathan was very enthusiastic about this interview and pressed me to release it. But I set the recording aside, thinking that it needed a great deal of editing, as we recorded it when we were both rather tired at the end of a hectic weekend. After Jonathan died, I discovered to my horror that the flash drive on which the interview had been stored had been damaged. Luckily, after a long search, we found a person who could recover the information for a fee of $350 (we wish to thank one of our donors for putting up part of the cost; you can donate here).
Topics discussed include:
- Comics and graphic novels
- Pulp literature
- The heroic
- Film as Wagner’s “complete work of art”
- Film music
- Modernist music and horror films
- How an appreciation of popular culture fits in with Jonathan’s elitism
- Philosophy: the importance of Nietzsche and metaphysical objectivism
- Jonathan’s attitude toward particular historical regimes
- Traits of Jonathan’s ideal regime
- How to cultivate a Right-wing artistic and cultural movement
If anyone is interested in producing a transcript of both parts of this this interview, we will gladly publish it. Ideally, we would like one person to do a draft transcription and then place it online to allow other listeners to offer corrections. Please contact Greg Johnson at mailto://[email protected] before starting work, so we can prevent wasteful duplication of efforts.