Books Are Here
The Pick Your Battle books arrived at my house today. They should arrive at your houses very soon. I am going to start sending them out today. Thank you, please... Read more
Cover Design completed, Copy Edited Manuscript Returned
The talents of Glen Krish and MK Hobson have been put to use in the last few weeks and the Pick Your Battle book has a design and properly placed... Read more
Book is Finished: New Title and New Estimated Delivery Date
Pick Your Battle: Your Guide to Urban Foraging, Hollywood Movies, Late Capitalism and the Communist Alternative (a Memoir)
I sent the book to the be looked over by the... Read more
Update on Printers (with assist from Gavin Grant)
Gavin Grant is a contributor to the Pick Your Battle project, an editor at Small Beer Books, and a fiction writer. He emailed the following response to my recent update:
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Update To Picking a Battle
I ran into a contributor to the Pick Your Battle book today at Powell's Books and he asked the obvious question. "When is the Pick Your Battle book going to... Read more
Excerpt from Pick Your Battle Book
Wanted to drop you all a line to share a link to the latest Diet Soap podcast which features a reading of an excerpt from the book. As I've written... Read more
Status Update on Pick Your Battle Book
Today's Diet Soap podcast featured a conversation with the Geographer and professor Neil Smith and as the discussion rotated around the concepts of the production of space and the right... Read more
Pick Your Battle
I want to thank everyone again for pledging to the "Pick Your Battle" book project. I'm still a bit overwhelmed by the support. One hundred and sixty-five backers of a... Read more
Final Diet Soap "Pick Your Battle" supplemental podcast
This final supplemental episode is a mash-up. A Potluck/Psychogeographic wander is blended with an essay about the danger of rerunning the past.
That just about wraps up "Picking a Battle."... Read more
The Lain Family and the Problem of Ideology
The guest on the Diet Soap podcast this week is professor Ron Strickland whose youtube videos on Cultural Theory and Althusser provided the jumping off point for our conversation. Also... Read more
Thank you Eileen and Thank you Everyone!
I just received a $895 pledge from Eileen Workman and I'm scraping my jaw off the floor. This puts the project at $6000 exactly. Any further pledges are perfectly welcome... Read more
Pendant Beads from Barry
There are six days left and I'm getting emails and facebook messages from people who see how close this project is to being successfully funded and want to help out.... Read more
Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: What is the Spectacle?
The next to last Supplemental podcast was released yesterday. My 13 year old son is the last minute guest this time and I lecture him on the subject of the... Read more
Get a Collaged Invitation to a Dérive/Potluck
In order to celebrate the success so far with this publishing and writing project called "Pick Your Battle" I'm throwing a party of sorts, and this update is an invitation.... Read more
Diet Soap Podcast #64 - A Question of How
Rhetor and philosopher Daniel Coffeen is a returning guest, a guest less interested in what is said than how one goes about saying it. The F-word and other cusses from... Read more
"Pick Your Battle" hits New Zealand
From author Tim Jones' blog:
Can Urban Foraging and Radical Self Help Kickstart the End of Capitalism?
Douglas Lain is a US writer and podcaster with whom I collaborated on... Read more
Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: A Bizarro Dérive
Just released another supplemental Diet Soap podcast for the Pick Your Battle campaign. This episode explains the concept of a psychogeographic dérive, and reannounces the potluck and dérive that I'll... Read more
Pick Your Battle featured on Fair Food Fight Blog
Barth Anderson proved that turnabout is fairplay and interviewed me for the Fair Food Fight blog.
INTERVIEW WITH WRITER DOUGLAS LAIN
The latest Diet Soap podcast is getting a good response and seeing how it's on a subject I'll be writing about in "Pick Your Battle" I thought I'd share a... Read more
Backer and long time friend Damian K emailed to tell me that the link to Boing Boing I'd sent out before wasn't working. Here's the link again and you may... Read more
Reading Local features Picking a Battle.
Spencer Cushing at Reading Local has featured the "Pick Your Battle" kickstarter project again. Here's the link. Thanks, Spencer.
This is very helpful, of course, and it makes me hope... Read more
Barth Anderson from Fair Food Fight
Here's info on the latest Diet Soap Supplemental podcast:
Barth Anderson is known as the blogger El Dragón at the Fair Food Fight, he is also a novelist and short... Read more
I just wanted to take this moment to thank everybody who has pledged to the Pick Your Battle project. We've reached the half-way point with $3034 in pledges. There are... Read more
A Dérive in Disneyland?
Today's blog entry at douglaslain.com seems connected to the ideas of sustainability and transition that are the basis for the Pick Your Battle project. Also I had fun writing this... Read more
Ideology and Boing Boing
Things have really picked up for this project in the last few days. There is some new stuff to read and listen to if you're interested in Picking A Battle.... Read more
Invitation to A Dérive/Potluck
On July 10th at 1pm we will start our psychogeographic wander through the Woodstock Neighborhood. We will look out for edible and medicinal plants, but we won't be gathering the... Read more
Diet Soap "Pick Your Battle" Podcast Number 2
This Diet Soap supplemental features a conversation with Bob Hatton from the Portland Fruit Tree Project and a collage featuring talk of manufactured consent and ideology. Music in this podcast... Read more
Can You Ask Two People?
I really appreciate everyone's help funding the Pick Your Battle project and I'm enjoying exploring questions around urban foraging, ideology, and the gift economy in preparation for writing the book.... Read more
Pick Your Battle on Agroinnovations Podcast
Frank Aragona describes the podcast thusly:
We are joined by Doug Lain of the Diet Soap Podcast. Doug shares with us the concept and details of his urban foraging project... Read more
Futurismic Supports this mash-up
Paul Raven at Futurismic writes:
"If a mash-up of science fiction, situationism and sustainable living sounds like your cup of tea, why not go pledge Doug a dollar or two... Read more
Talk Talk Talk
I've been doing a lot of talking lately.
I've spoken on the Next Step, If Your Just Joining Us, Shamanic Freedom Radio, Black Light in the Attic, and Media Monarchy.... Read more
Diet Soap "Pick Your Battle" Supplemental
I've just posted a supplemental podcast on the subject of rewilding, ideology, and nature. And I urge you to check it out and, if you enjoy this interview, to share... Read more
Shannon Hayes Interview/Appeal for Help
The guest on my Diet Soap podcast this week is the author Shannon Hayes and we discuss her book Radical Homemakers which leads to more conversation about the need to... Read more
The Next Step Podcast
I'm the guest on the Next Step Podcast today, and Jarrett Sanchez of the Next Step Podcast says:
"Doug Lain returns to the show to discuss his time-sensitive project, Pick... Read more
I thought I'd post an update with links to the podcasts which have been kind enough to feature interviews with me about this project.
This Project has reached 30%
I want to thank everybody who has pledged so far to the Pick Your Battle project. As of today I've received 1800 in pledges, which means we're 30% there. According... Read more
Love and Trash
The Pick Your Battle project was featured on the Love and Trash blog today.
Here's how the blog is described on the Love and Trash website:
Love and Trash is... Read more
The Church of Life After Shopping
This week's episode of the Diet Soap podcast is connected to the Pick your Battle concept. Reverend Billy and I discuss the transition movements that are starting up all over... Read more
Talking to KMO for the Ecovillage Training Center podcast
On May Day I spoke with host KMO from the C-Realm podcast for his new Ecovillage Training Center podcast. KMO is living on a hippie commune in Tennessee known as... Read more
Visit to the Sewage Treatment Plant
Using Mister Roger's slogan "People do things" as my motto I decided to look a bit deeper into how the built environment I find myself in operates, and took the... Read more
Interview on "If You're Just Joining Us"
I'm the guest this week on If You're Just Joining US with Jon Armstrong.
Douglas Lain is the author of dozens of short stories and two novels. His work appeared... Read more
Another Walk Another Book
I’m writing this entry at the Woodstock public library in a composition notebook and with a fountain pen, but since you’re reading I must have also taken the time to... Read more
Pick Your Battle Blog
I am now blogging about our efforts to find edible plants and discover the psychogeography of our neighborhood. The first update is about foraging dandelions.