Craig Schuftan


Talking music, art, history, and the time I almost ruined Star Wars for everybody with Alistair Marks for his Coming Up Next podcast.

A chat about books, Berlin and Ducks! with Krista Krull from Green Tea Radio.

Ash Berdebes asked me to program an hour of music for FBi's 'Out of the Box', I played Elvis Presley, Steve Reich, Severed Heads, The Gossip, Le Tigre, Hole and more; we talked about romanticism, rock music and my terrible academic record.

Too early for Disco? Never! ABC News Breakfast invited me on the show to talk about cutting the rug, sociocultural decline, and the secret meaning of 'Saturday Night Fever' in advance of my lecture at Melbourne's School of Life on The Philosophy of Disco

Speaking with Simon Clark of the AU Review, on songs to make you think, songs to make you forget your troubles, and how to tell the difference.

 A great chat about everything from Green Day to Green Jelly, and a rousing game of 90s or Not-ies with Tom and Alex, triple j. (Fast forward to about 30 minutes in to hear it.)

Always nice to meet another Blur fan. A little talk about the history of Britpop and the future of music history in this ABC Canberra interview with Ross Solly

Michael Cathcart and I discuss the 20 year loop and try to figure out why nostalgia is such a dirty word in this interview for ABC Radio National Books and Arts

I didn't mean to tell Pete and Parusha of Goodness Greatness the entire story of my life. They just sat me down on a comfortable sofa, asked me some questions about my childhood, and the next thing you know...

A thought-provoking chat about rock music and idealism with Caitlin Welsh of The Brag 

I enjoyed this interview with Dan Bigna of the Canberra Times a lot. And not just because he compared me to Alain de Botton and Peter Conrad. Honest.

"Every art movement has a good father and a bad father". The music wars, 20 years on, with Indre McGlinn of Fasterlouder

On the 80s revival and the art of making things seem closer together. An interview with Semi-permanent for Pedestrian TV

Death, Despair, Horror and... collage. A great chat with the irrepressable Andrew Tijs in The Enthusiast

Part two of my chat with Andrew

Writing a book about Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Goethe eventually got me invited into The Philosopher's Zone. I just hope I didn't screw it up.

Here, I tell JAC radio's John Austin the amazing true tale of how I began my broadcasting career with a story about how to get a tan like Burt Reynolds.

On being a high school dropout, with FBI's Matt Levinson (scroll down to find it)

A chat with Concrete Playground about my work on the Powerhouse Museum exhibition 'The 80s Are Back'

"After reading this book, I feel like I have a much greater insight into the minds of the teenagers I work with every day". Thank you, Pop Culture Jesus!

Darryn King from The Economist and I talk metaphysics, mountains, lakes, love unextinguishable, thoughts unutterable, and the nightmare of our own delinquencies.

"The book starts out with a confession: Schuftan likes My Chemical Romance. And I have to confess, similarly, that so do I." One music writer at a time, whatever it takes...

Comedy alert! Chaser stars ridicule musicians in new gig


I Life

"Could it be that we come to the city in order to achieve solitude? Such has been the unspoken premise of the modern city of utopian individualism. By solitude I do not mean isolation. Isolation is a state of nature: solitude is the work of culture. Isolation is an imposition, solitude a choice."

walkman | ipod | iphone | isolation | solitude | city | the crowd

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Infancy and Progress

"The whole human species, looked at from its origins, appears to the philosopher as an immense whole, which, like an individual, has its infancy and its progress … The totality of humanity, fluctuating between calm and agitation, between good times and bad, moves steadily though slowly towards a greater perfection."

Said nobody, at any time in the last one hundred years. Nowadays, our view of the future is more like the one seen from the middle ages than the Enlightenment. But from where he stood in 1750, or perhaps sat, on a chair a bit like the one pictured above, the French statesman and economist Jacques Turgot could look back on the past five centuries and see a gradual transition from primitive agrarians torturing and killing each other over superstitious nonsense, to the confident era of the Enlightenment, with its stupendous advancements in astronomy, medicine and physics.

enlightenment | progress | history | kubrick | 2001


Lost Paradise

'Thus it is well known that a child learns to walk, talk and to know his way around the world just by trying something out and seeing what happens, then modifying what he does (or thinks) in accordance with what has actually happened. In this way, he spends his first few years in a wonderfully creative way, discovering all sorts of things that are new to him, and this leads people to look back on childhood as a kind of lost paradise. As the child grows older, however, learning takes on a narrower meaning. In school, he learns by repetition to accumulate knowledge, so as to please the teacher and pass examinations. At work, he learns in a similar way, so as to make a living, or for some other utilitarian purpose, and not for the love of the action of learning itself. So his ability to see something new and original gradually dies away. And without it there is evidently no ground from which anything can grow.'

guns n roses | axl rose | daniel bohm | childhood | creativity

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No Satisfaction

'That human life must be some kind of mistake is sufficiently proved by the simple observation that man is a compound of needs which are hard to satisfy; that their satisfaction achieves nothing but a painless condition in which he is given over to boredom; and that boredom is a direct proof that existence itself is valueless, for boredom is nothing more than the sensation of the emptiness of existence. For if life, in the desire for which our essence and existence consists, possessed in itself a positive value and real content, there would be no such thing as boredom: mere existence would fulfil and satisfy us. As things are, we take no pleasure in existence except when we are striving after something—in which case distance and difficulties make our goal look as if it would satisfy us (an illusion which fades when we reach it) ...'

rolling stones | arthur schopenhauer | philosophy | rock and roll | desire | boredom


Moral Motifs

'There is a sentimental rhetoric which readily waxes emotional about deserving paupers and unhappy millionaires alike, and which rails against money... These melodramatic and moral motifs are part of the everyday lives of poor people. Verbal propaganda of the rich, they make up the greater part of the average person's ideological baggage. Disguised as an indictment of money, they justify wealth by reducing it to a mere accident of the human condition...'

mo money | mo problems | lefebvre | biggie smalls | notorious BIG

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'The bigots, the hysterics, the destroyers of the self - these are the writers who bear witness to the fearful polite time in which we live... Ours is an age which obsessively pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness. The truths we respect are those born of affliction. We measure truth in terms of the cost to the writer in suffering - rather than by the standard of an objective truth to which a writer's words correspond. Each of our truths must have a martyr.'

kanye west | spike jonze | susan sontag