In this episode of our Two for Tea podcast, editor-in-chief Iona Italia talks to the indomitable Claire Lehmann of Quillette about the magazine’s place in the intellectual landscape, its biggest controversies, the audience capture of the Intellectual Dark Web and the Australian perspective on world politics. You can also listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes.
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Claire’s writing for Quillette
And for The Australian
Eoin Lenihan on Antifa
On the Weinsteins and Ivermectin
Iona’s Substack The Second Swim
Information on contributing to Quillette
1:20 Introductions. Claire’s background studying forensic psychology and why she left academic life and founded Quillette.
5:12 The psychology of political views.
10:10 Quillette’s place in the political landscape. The publication’s most controversial pieces; Antifa, Ivermectin, the heritability of intelligence.
21:35 What happened to the Intellectual Dark Web?
30.28 The capture of the heterodox sphere by American culture and politics. How and why Australia, the UK and Canada differ from the US.
41:35 Claire’s pushback against the use of Australia’s Covid policies as a political football in the American culture war.
47:22 Quillette’s controversial reporting on the role of genetics and intelligence.
53:52 Claire’s admiration of Camille Paglia and critiques of post-structuralism.
57.12 The positives and negatives of Substack.
1:02:00 Claire’s decision to leave Twitter and how that has benefited her.
1:05:22 Summing up and outro.
Sound engineering by Justin Ward.
Shownotes by Nicola Muir.
I enjoyed that – ok, I didn’t listen to all of it, but the parts I listened to I enjoyed very much. Always nice to hear the voice of an internet personality (in this case, two personalities); it gives a much better and more fulsome appreciation for who they are, what they believe, and how they live. Thank you, Iona – well done!
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