The God Setebos

The God Setebos
The God Setebos is a content channel of Xi Draconis Books, an anarchist indie press that publishes socially engaged literature. In this podcast, the editor of XDB, Patrick Barney, discusses literary works with his frequent guests Chris Malmberg, Hans Burger, Heather Cole, and Jedd Cole. As a statement against commodification, all the books that XDB publishes are free to readers. Simply copy and paste this url to check out the books we’ve published:

23: On Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch
Oct 8 • 75 min
22: On Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings
Sep 23 • 74 min
22: On Toril Moi’s Revolution of the Ordinary
Aug 26 • 83 min
20: On Robert Browning’s Caliban Upon Setebos
Aug 1 • 45 min
19: On Robert Coover’s Gerald’s Party
Jul 25 • 87 min
18: On Fran Ross’s Oreo
Jun 12 • 48 min
17: An Interview with Jennifer Lagier, Author of Trumped Up Election
May 31 • 27 min
16: On Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood
May 24 • 82 min
15: On John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor
May 2 • 103 min
In this episode, Chris, Hans, and I discuss John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor, an epic tale that might be an historical novel, a satire of an historical novel, or both. It’s witty and hilarious, but also serious and touching. Check it out.
14: On Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan
Apr 12 • 74 min
In this episode, Heather, Jedd, and I discuss Vonnegut’s third book, a sci-fi novel that satirizes wealth, inequality, and the human sense of purpose. It’s hilarious, and it affords me the opportunity to go on a rant against Sam Harris and pirates.
13: On Steve Erickson’s Zeroville
Mar 15 • 70 min
In this episode, Hans, Chris, and I discuss the fantastic Zeroville. This novel follows autistic protagonist Vikar as he becomes a film editor in 70s-era Hollywood. It’s hilarious, moving, and tragic.
12: On Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed
Feb 16 • 65 min
In this episode, I discuss Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed with Jedd Cole and special guest Heather Cole. The Dispossessed is a thought experiment that explores an anarcho-syndicalist society on the moon Anarres, which orbits the planet Urras. Urras…
11: On Janet Frame’s The Carpathians
Feb 7 • 97 min
In this special episode, Hans, Chris, and I discuss Janet Frame’s strange, mind-boggling novel The Carpathians. Since I found reading it like looking into opaque glass, Hans and Chris discuss the novel at length before we veer off into a larger discussion…
10: On Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing
Jan 23 • 55 min
In this episode, Hans and I discuss Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Crossing, which details a teenager’s confrontation with “the perfect cohesion of darkness,” an indifferent world constructed on borders both artificial and natural.
9: On Octavia Butler’s Kindred
Jan 14 • 63 min
In this episode, Jedd Cole and I discuss Octavia Butler’s early time travel novel, which investigates racism. We also talk about the general purpose of science fiction.
8: On Sergio de la Pava’s A Naked Singularity
Dec 19, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode, author Hans Burger and I discuss A Naked Singularity, a giant, hilarious novel that criticizes the judicial system.
7: On W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage
Nov 29, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, I discuss the classic Of Human Bondage with Chris Malmberg. Topics addressed include tendencies in post-structuralism and the question of free will.
6: On Frank Herbert’s Dune and Scientific Facism
Nov 23, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, Jedd Cole and I discuss the politics of the classic sci-fi novel Dune.
5: On Jude the Obscure with Author Hans Burger
Nov 16, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode, Hans and I discuss Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, marriage in Victorian England, civic versus social authority, and other topics.
4: On Moby Dick
Oct 28, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, I discuss Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick with special guest Chris Malmberg.
3: On Experimentation in Poetry
Oct 21, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, I discuss the importance of poetic experimentation with guests Airica Parker and Eddie Kim. We touch of the works of John Berryman, Homer, and others.
2: On Don DeLillo with Author Hans Burger
Oct 14, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode, I discuss the novels of Don DeLillo with Hans Burger, the author of In Some Sense Innocent.
1: On Emma and Jane Austen
Oct 7, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, I discuss Jane Austen’s novel Emma with special guest Jedd Cole. We touch on some of Austen’s other novels, class and class structures, knowledge and power, performance, and Wittgenstein.