Category: Society & Culture

Filthy Armenian and his enchantingly filthy guests transport you beyond the bullshit of the day to forbidden territories of art, culture, and the heart in search of truth and gold…and clues to the ongoing mystery of our time.

Recorded on location at vital places around Hollywood and the world, each episode is an immersive radio-cinema experience. To follow the full twisted adventure, subscribe at patreon.com/filthyarmenian for premium episodes.

August 6, 2022

18. Mortal Combat with David Horowitz

Son of the Old Left, father of the New Left, sworn enemy of the whole left -- "a century from now," in the words of Camille Paglia, "cultural historians will find David Horowitz's political and spiritual odyssey paradigmatic for our time." We gallop to the Rockies to catch up with the historic writer-warrior as he confronts his most powerful enemy yet...
 
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Sights:
Shakespeare, Peter Collier, Ron Radosh, Raiders, Roger Goodell, Donald Trump, Ed Snyder, Mark Davis, Sontag, Rosenberg execution, Ramparts, Black Panthers, Robert Sheer, Isaiah Berlin, Erich Fromm, Tom Hayden, Huey Newton, Reason Magazine, Bill Kristol, Martin Luther, Pope Francis, Erdogan, Mel Gibson, Jesus, Protestants, Matt Drudge, Andrew Breitbart, Joan Didion, Ben Stein, 1939, supernatural diner experience, Bernie Sanders, Christopher Hitchens, Todd Gitlin, Mollie Hemingway, Henry Louis Gates, capitalism and rap, Twin Peaks, Mario Savio, Pascal, Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin’s moonwalk, Morgan, Winter’s Tale, AIDS, Larry Littlejohn, Van Morrison, Cocaine
 
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July 12, 2022

BULL SESSION 6: Conservative Long Covid w/ H.L. Mencken, Jack Mason, Barrett Avner

Summoning H.L. Mencken to diagnose and exorcise the latest national bout of puritan brain fog so we can all have a free and idiotic summer. With Jack Mason of The Perfume Nationalist and Barrett Avner of Contain. This is the free first hour, for the full 2.5 (and many other intimate premium episodes) subscribe at patreon.com/filthyarmenian

 

Recommended reading: "Puritanism as a Literary Force" essay by H.L. Mencken

 

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July 5, 2022

17. Chicagohood

Local bard Berto (Ghost Jail), justice of the peace Illych (Chicago Transplant Authority), Texan noseman Jack Mason (The Perfume Nationalist), and transplant scholar Boystown George drink every drop of sex, politics, and religion in that deep Chicago night in search of a cure. This is Part 1: "I Wish My Mom Was Michael Jackson." For the full 3.5 hour nocturnal extravaganza, subscribe at patreon.com/filthyarmenian 

 

Location: Cheesie's, Wang's, Sidetrack, The Closet, and other unidentified corners of Boystown in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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June 24, 2022

16. Perversity in Vienna, Pride in Sarajevo

Enter the dark room, but go with a friend...
 
The long-hidden FAA pilot. (INTRO MONOLOGUE, the full episode is for Patreon subscribers and adults only. Become one at patreon.com/filthyarmenian)
 
The long-hidden FAA pilot.
 
Locations: KAISERBRÜNDL Herrensauna Vienna, Austria and a bar in Sarajevo, Bosnia
June 12, 2022

15. Beverly Hills Rabbi feat. David Wolpe

Four visits with America's most famous rabbi and "one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world" to see what’s up, ask what’s it like, and examine the facts of The Case. David Wolpe is the author of Why Faith Matters, Making Loss Matter, and most recently, David: The Divided Heart
 
Location: Sinai Temple, Wilshire Boulevard. 
 
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May 20, 2022

BULL SESSION 5: Joan Didion Had An Abortion (w/ Jack Mason)

Jack returns from The Perfume Nationalist to ponder what is wrong with Joan Didion, what is depressing beyond belief about that Netflix documentary that memed her, and what rings true and timeless and based and redpilled about her classic book Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), written when she was a Goldwater girl with a little secret.

 

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May 16, 2022

14. Ballad of a Berkeley Boy (feat. Thaddeus Russell)

Communist pizza, libertarian hotdogs, Hitler-Stalin lovemaking and other shocking scenes pass us by as Thaddeus Russell (author of A Renegade History of the United States) gives me a tour of his politically-charged boyhood in Berkeley until we stumble upon the one question no revolutionary mama wants to face.
 
Part Four of the San Francisco Quartet. If you like what you hear, subscribe on patreon.com/filthyarmenian to experience the full twisted adventure with multiple exclusive episodes each month, including a secret scene from this episode ("The Schism").
 
Thaddeus Russell is the host of the Unregistered Podcast. Follow him @ThaddeusRussell. Follow us on Twitter/Insta @filthyarmenian. 
 
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May 6, 2022

13. Married to the Movies with David Thomson

I visit David Thomson — author of the iconic Biographical Dictionary of Film, Have You Seen...?, Sleeping With Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire, Disaster Mon Amour, and dozens of other books that make him the greatest film critic/historian/writer who ever lived — at his home in San Francisco for a very personal conversation about the horrifying erotic aftermath of MeToo and how to escape, or transcend, the "death of cinema."

 

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SHOT LIST: Ukraine, Life in the Pandemic, Sight & Sound, Licorice Pizza, Los Angeles, The Academy, Long form television, Golden Age of Streaming, Twin Peaks The Return, Podcasts , Criterion, His Girl Friday, Will there be a new Biographical Dictionary of Film edition?, The Trilogy, Pauline Kael the bully (power drunk), Chelsea vs Liverpool, The democratic brotherhood of sports and movies, Bridgette Bardot’s nude scene, The reality of sexual desire, promiscuity, James Toback, The reality of women, The Big Sleep, Montgomery Clift’s sexuality, Kieran Hickey, Spencer Tracy’s sexuality, Beard marriages, Kevin Spacey 

 

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April 12, 2022

12. Shant Mesrobian Is Not Amused

Shant Mesrobian is the most devastating critic of media discourse in America and co-creator, with Zaid Jilani, of the substack INQUIRE. But how did he go from founding and running the liberal watchdog outlet Media Matters in 2004 to becoming one of its greatest enemies today? To find out, I met Shant at Presidio Park, an elevated cliffside landmark with some very singular views of...Alcatraz. The second chapter of my San Francisco Quartet is a story about being yanked from a dream, even though you never fell asleep.
 
Sights: San Francisco, Real World MTV, Gary V, Trading Card Business, Red Pill Diaries, The View, Norm Macdonald, Louis CK, Patrice O’Neal, September 11, Antiwar patriotism, Media Matters, MoveOn dot org, Ron Paul’s shortcomings, Bernie 2016, The Onion, Babylon Bee, Jon Stewart / Colbert / Chappelle, Talk radio, NPR, CSPAN Book TV, David Frum, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 
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April 7, 2022

BULL SESSION: Mommy Issues & Houellebecq w/ Jack Mason

Jack from The Perfume Nationalist hops back on the air to examine French troublemaker Michele Houellebecq's rich and hilarious novels "Elementary Particles" (1998) and "Submission" (2015) for clues as to the long slow decline of the western LIBido. This is the first hour preview, for the full three hour bull session (and plenty of other premium episodes) subscribe to our Patreon at patreon.com/filthyarmenian

 

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