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Podcast Profile: Weird Studies

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184 episodes
2018 to 2024
Median: 78 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Professor Phil Ford and writer J. F. Martel host a series of conversations on art and philosophy, dwelling on ideas that are hard to think and art that opens up rifts in what we are pleased to call "reality."


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Art and philosophy discussions • Memory and poetry • Tarot symbolism • Horror and beauty in art • Free expression • Surrealism and Tarot cards • Paranormal and occult topics • Magical realism in literature and film

"Weird Studies" is a podcast that delves into complex and enigmatic ideas through conversations on art, philosophy, and mysticism. Hosted by Professor Phil Ford and writer J. F. Martel, the series explores themes that challenge conventional thought, focusing on art forms, philosophical inquiries, and esoteric traditions that open up new perspectives on reality.

The episodes cover a wide range of topics, often probing the intersection of the beautiful and the terrifying in art and literature. Discussions frequently address foundational texts and works that have shaped contemporary thinking in these fields. Topics such as memory, poetry, and the magic of form are examined, alongside intricate analyses of specific cultural phenomena like tarot cards and the occult underpinnings of various artistic expressions.

The podcast also ventures into discussions on notable figures and works in horror fiction and cinema, such as Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" and John Carpenter's "The Thing." By doing so, the hosts illuminate how these works influence and reflect broader cultural and philosophical trends. Furthermore, episodes often focus on exploring the philosophical implications of modernist and postmodernist artistic movements, touching upon concepts from philosophers like Deleuze and Guattari.

Recurring reference points in the podcast include analysis of tarot cards, the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and the philosophical writings of thinkers like Carl Jung and Friedrich Nietzsche. The discussions often link these ideas to contemporary cultural critiques and the broader implications for understanding human consciousness and societal constructs.

Overall, "Weird Studies" uses the lens of the weird to investigate how art and philosophy intersect in surprising and often unsettling ways. The content is designed to challenge listeners to rethink their perceptions of reality, encouraging a deeper engagement with the mysterious and the marvelous aspects of human existence.


Episodes:
Episode 173: By Heart: On Memory, Poetry, and Form
2024-Jul-10
78 minutes
Episode 172: Head Over Heels: On the Hanged Man of the Tarot
2024-Jun-26
79 minutes
Episode 171: The Beauty and the Horror
2024-Jun-14
68 minutes
Episode 170: Art is Another Word for Truth: On Orson Welles's 'F for Fake'
2024-May-29
85 minutes
Episode 169: On Free Expression
2024-May-15
97 minutes
Episode 168: Visions of the Wasteland: On George Miller's 'Mad Max' Films
2024-May-01
80 minutes
Episode 167: The Hand of Ithell, with Amy Hale
2024-Apr-17
88 minutes
Episode 166: Make Believe: On the Power of Pretentiousness
2024-Apr-03
73 minutes
Episode 165: Tatters of the King: On Robert Chambers' 'The King in Yellow'
2024-Mar-20
86 minutes
Episode 164: Towards a Weird Materialism: On Expressionism in Cinema
2024-Mar-06
89 minutes
Episode 163: The Source of All Abysses: On the Devil Card in the Tarot
2024-Feb-21
70 minutes
Episode 162: The Incarnation of Meaning: Greenwich Village After the War
2024-Feb-07
78 minutes
Episode 161: Scene of the Crime: On Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's 'From Hell'
2024-Jan-24
90 minutes
Mid-Hiatus Bonus: On Horror and the Retail Experience
2024-Jan-10
54 minutes
Episode 160: The Way of All Flesh: On John Carpenter's 'The Thing'
2023-Dec-20
75 minutes
Episode 159: Three Songs, with Meredith Michael
2023-Dec-06
90 minutes
Episode 158: As Above, So Below: On Plato's 'Timaeus'
2023-Nov-22
96 minutes
Episode 157: Long Live the New Flesh: On David Cronenberg's 'Videodrome'
2023-Nov-08
74 minutes
Episode 156: The Only Possible End: On Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History'
2023-Oct-25
92 minutes
Episode 155: Dispatches From the Inside: On Planet Weird's 'The Unbinding'
2023-Oct-11
90 minutes
Episode 154: Into the Night Land, with Erik Davis
2023-Sep-27
83 minutes
Episode 153: Celestial Machine: On the Temperance Card in the Tarot
2023-Sep-13
79 minutes
Summer Bonus #2: Art and AI
2023-Sep-08
51 minutes
Summer Bonus: On Affectation, with a Special Announcement
2023-Aug-15
49 minutes
Episode 152: The Science of Things Spiritual: Live in Lily Dale
2023-Aug-01
108 minutes
Episode 151: The Real and the Possible: Live at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute, with Jacob G. Foster
2023-Jul-19
75 minutes
Episode Image Episode 150: Sacramental Reality: On Arthur Machen's "A Fragment of Life"
2023-Jul-05
85 minutes
Episode 149: Song Swap: On Judee Sill's 'The Kiss' and Wilco's 'Jesus, Etc.'
2023-Jun-21
79 minutes
Episode 148: Mythos of the Moment: On 'Twin Peaks,' Season 3
2023-Jun-07
77 minutes
Episode 147: You Must Change Your Life
2023-May-24
93 minutes
Episode 146: An Air of Great Power: On the Chariot in the Tarot
2023-May-10
77 minutes
Episode 145: Waiting for the Miracle: On Vanessa Onwuemezi's "Dark Neighbourhood"
2023-Apr-26
89 minutes
Episode 144: On Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' and 'The Hellbound Heart,' with Conner Habib
2023-Apr-12
102 minutes
Episode 143: On UFOs
2023-Mar-29
89 minutes
Episode 142: The Music of the Spheres: On Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Last and First Men"
2023-Mar-15
81 minutes
Episode 141: Actual Magic: On Ramsey Dukes' SSOTBME
2023-Feb-28
84 minutes
Episode 140: That Ain't Plot: On Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away'
2023-Feb-15
80 minutes
Episode 139: Sex, Money, and Power are YOURS with our SECRET Art-Power Formula!
2023-Feb-01
93 minutes
Episode 138: Yours and Yours Alone: On the Death Card in the Tarot
2023-Jan-18
75 minutes
The Weird Studies Christmas Special
2022-Dec-25
37 minutes
Episode 137: Brute Force: on Sunn O)))'s 'Life Metal'
2022-Dec-14
74 minutes
Episode 136: The Things That Were And Shall Be Again: On 'Evil Dead II'
2022-Nov-30
67 minutes
Episode 135: On 'The Secret Life of Puppets,' with Victoria Nelson
2022-Nov-16
63 minutes
Episode 134: On Federico Campagna's 'Technic and Magic'
2022-Nov-02
92 minutes
Episode 133: On Weirding, and the Virtues of Unknowing Everything
2022-Oct-19
71 minutes
Episode 132: Art Is an Alien Technology: Live at the Supernormal Festival
2022-Oct-05
81 minutes
Off-Week Bonus: On Worlds and Stories, with a Special Announcement
2022-Sep-27
57 minutes
Episode 131: Knocking on the Abyssal Door: Live at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute
2022-Sep-21
71 minutes
Episode 130: Holiday Memories
2022-Sep-07
76 minutes
Episode 129: Luminous Miasma: On Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"
2022-Aug-03
93 minutes
Episode 128: Demon Workshop: On Victoria Nelson's 'Neighbor George'
2022-Jul-19
87 minutes
Episode 127: Leaving the Mechanical Dollhouse: On Abeba Birhane's "The Impossibility of Automating Ambiguity"
2022-Jul-06
76 minutes
Episode 126: The Daemon Speaks, with Matt Cardin
2022-Jun-22
81 minutes
Episode 125: Strange Brews: Weird Studies Live at Illuminated Brew Works
2022-Jun-08
96 minutes
Episode 124: Dark Night Radio of the Soul, with Duncan Barford
2022-May-25
87 minutes
Episode 123: Off-Week Patreon Bonus: On Modern Miracles
2022-May-18
39 minutes
Episode 122: Spirals and Crooked Lines: On the Star Card in the Tarot
2022-May-11
80 minutes
Episode 121: Dream Theater: On 'Mandy' and 'The Band Wagon'
2022-Apr-27
63 minutes
Episode 120: On Radical Mystery
2022-Apr-13
77 minutes
Episode 119: Behind the Cosmic Curtain: On Stanislaw Lem's 'The New Cosmogony,' with Meredith Michael
2022-Mar-30
67 minutes
Episode 118: The Unseen and the Unnamed, with Meredith Michael
2022-Mar-16
76 minutes
Episode 117: Time is a Child at Play: On the Mystery of Games
2022-Mar-02
68 minutes
Episode 116: On 'Blade Runner'
2022-Feb-16
88 minutes
Episode 115: Transience & Immersion: On Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports'
2022-Feb-02
75 minutes
Episode 114: On the Wheel of Fortune, the Tenth Card of the Tarot
2022-Jan-19
94 minutes
Episode 113: Framing the Invisible, with Shannon Taggart
2021-Dec-22
81 minutes
Episode 112: Readings from the 'Book of Probes': The Mysticism of Marshall McLuhan
2021-Dec-08
89 minutes
Episode 111: What Is Best in Life: On "Conan the Barbarian"
2021-Nov-24
81 minutes
Episode 110: Monks of the Cultural Apocalypse: 'The Glass Bead Game,' Part Two
2021-Nov-10
73 minutes
Episode 109: Infinite Play: On 'The Glass Bead Game,' by Hermann Hesse
2021-Oct-27
80 minutes
Episode 108: On Skepticism and the Paranormal
2021-Oct-13
79 minutes
Episode 107: On Joy Williams' 'Breaking and Entering,' with Conner Habib
2021-Sep-29
86 minutes
Episode 106: The Wanderer: On Weird Studies
2021-Sep-01
86 minutes
Episode 105: Fire Walk with Tamler Sommers
2021-Aug-18
92 minutes
Episode 104: We'd Love to Turn You On: 'Sgt. Pepper' and the Beatles
2021-Aug-04
82 minutes
Episode 103: On the Tower, the Sixteenth Card of the Tarot
2021-Jul-21
76 minutes
Episode 102: On Pan, with Gyrus
2021-Jul-07
78 minutes
Episode 101: Our Fear of the Dark: On Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows'
2021-Jun-23
60 minutes
Episode 100: The Price of Beauty is Horror: On the Films of John Carpenter
2021-Jun-09
83 minutes
Episode 99: Curing the Human Condition: On 'Wild Wild Country'
2021-May-26
90 minutes
Episode 98: Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica
2021-May-12
80 minutes
Episode 97: Art in the Age of Artifice
2021-Apr-28
85 minutes
Episode 96: Beautiful Beast: On Jean Cocteau's 'La Belle et la Bête'
2021-Apr-14
80 minutes
Episode 95: Demon Seed: On Doris Lessing's 'The Fifth Child'
2021-Mar-31
85 minutes
Episode 94: All is Mysterious: On the Moon Card in the Tarot
2021-Mar-17
74 minutes
Episode 93: Living and Dying in a Secular Age: On Charles Taylor and Disenchantment
2021-Mar-03
87 minutes
Episode 92: Glitch in the Matrix: A Conversation with Rodney Ascher
2021-Feb-17
87 minutes
Episode 91: On Susanna Clarke's 'Piranesi'
2021-Feb-03
83 minutes
Episode 90: 'The Owl in Daylight': On Philip K. Dick's Unwritten Masterpiece
2021-Jan-20
69 minutes
Episode 89: On Ishmael Reed's 'Mumbo Jumbo,' or, Why We Need More Magical Thinking
2021-Jan-06
79 minutes
Holiday Bonus: Magic, Madness, and Sadness
2020-Dec-21
50 minutes
Episode 88: On Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's 'Mr Punch'
2020-Dec-09
79 minutes
Episode 87: Glyphs, Rifts, and Ecstasy: On Arthur Machen's Vision of Art
2020-Nov-25
67 minutes
Episode 86: On E. T. A. Hoffmann's "The Sandman," and Freud's Sequel to It
2020-Nov-11
83 minutes
Episode 85: On 'The Wicker Man'
2020-Oct-28
76 minutes
Episode 84: Mona Lisa Smile: On the Empress, the Third Card in the Tarot
2020-Oct-14
79 minutes
Episode 83: On David Lynch's 'Lost Highway'
2020-Sep-30
78 minutes
Episode 82: On The I Ching
2020-Sep-16
89 minutes
Episode 81: Gnostic Lit: On M. John Harrison's 'The Course of the Heart'
2020-Sep-02
77 minutes
Episode 80: The Pit and the Pyramid, or, How to Beat the Philosopher's Blues
2020-Aug-19
77 minutes
Episode 79: Love, Death, and the Dream Life
2020-Aug-05
64 minutes
Episode 78: On John Keel's 'The Mothman Prophecies'
2020-Jul-22
73 minutes
Episode 77: What a Fool Believes: On the Unnumbered Card in the Tarot
2020-Jul-08
68 minutes
Episode 76: Below the Abyss: On Bergson's Metaphysics
2020-Jun-24
78 minutes
Bonus: The Duke of Ellington
2020-Jun-18
64 minutes
Episode 75: Our Old Friend the Monolith: On Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'
2020-Jun-10
86 minutes
Episode 74: A Luminous Parasite: Jung on Art, Part Two
2020-May-27
71 minutes
Episode 73: Carl Jung and the Power of Art, Part One
2020-May-13
64 minutes
Episode 72: Morning of the Mutants: On the Castrati
2020-Apr-29
73 minutes
Episode 71: The Medium is the Message
2020-Apr-15
84 minutes
Episode 70: Masks All the Way Down, with James Curcio
2020-Apr-01
76 minutes
Episode 69: Special Episode: On Some Mental Effects of the Pandemic
2020-Mar-25
59 minutes
Weird Stories: "On Some Mental Effects of the Earthquake" by William James
2020-Mar-23
22 minutes
Episode 68: On James Hillman's 'The Dream and the Underworld'
2020-Mar-18
75 minutes
Episode 67: Goblins, Goat-Gods and Gates: On 'Hellier'
2020-Mar-04
83 minutes
Episode 66: On Diviner's Time
2020-Feb-19
91 minutes
Episode 65: Touched by that Fire: On Visionary Literature, with B. W. Powe
2020-Feb-05
79 minutes
Episode 64: Dreams and Shadows: On Ursula Le Guin's 'A Wizard of Earthsea'
2020-Jan-22
77 minutes
Episode 63: Faculty X: On Colin Wilson's 'The Occult'
2020-Jan-08
79 minutes
Episode 62: It's Like 'The Shining', But With Nuns: On 'Black Narcissus'
2019-Dec-18
93 minutes
Episode 61: Evil and Ecstasy: On 'The Silence of the Lambs'
2019-Dec-04
66 minutes
Episode 60: Space is the Place: On Sun Ra, Gnosticism, and the Tarot
2019-Nov-20
85 minutes
Episode 59: Green Mountains Are Always Walking
2019-Nov-06
79 minutes
Episode 58: What Do Critics Do?
2019-Oct-23
59 minutes
Episode 57: Box of God(s): On 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
2019-Oct-09
90 minutes
Episode 56: On Jean Gebser, with Jeremy D. Johnson
2019-Sep-25
78 minutes
Episode 55: The Great Weird North: On Algernon Blackwood's 'The Wendigo'
2019-Sep-11
82 minutes
Episode 54: Lobsters, Pianos, and Hidden Gods
2019-Aug-28
77 minutes
Episode 53: Astral Jet Lag: On William Gibson's 'Pattern Recognition'
2019-Aug-14
62 minutes
Episode 52: On Beauty
2019-Jul-31
75 minutes
Episode 51: Blind Seers: On Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood'
2019-Jul-17
95 minutes
Episode 50: Demogorgon: On 'Stranger Things'
2019-Jul-03
96 minutes
Episode 49: Out of Time: Nietzsche on History
2019-Jun-19
82 minutes
Episode 48: Walking the Tightrope with Erik Davis
2019-Jun-05
84 minutes
Episode 47: Machines of Loving Grace: Technology and the Unabomber
2019-May-22
67 minutes
Episode 46: Thomas Ligotti's Angel
2019-May-08
89 minutes
Episode 45: Jeffrey J. Kripal on 'Flipping' Out of Materialism
2019-Apr-24
69 minutes
Episode 44: Doomed to Enchantment: The Psychical Research of William James
2019-Apr-09
93 minutes
Episode 43: On Shirley Jackson
2019-Mar-27
75 minutes
Episode 42: On Pauline Oliveros, with Kerry O'Brien
2019-Mar-13
63 minutes
Episode 41: On Speculative Fiction, with Matt Cardin
2019-Feb-27
59 minutes
Episode 40: On Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin'
2019-Feb-13
77 minutes
Episode 39: The Challenge of the Paranormal, with Jeffrey J. Kripal
2019-Jan-30
62 minutes
Episode 38: Style as Analysis
2019-Jan-16
70 minutes
Episode 37: Entities, with Stuart Davis
2019-Jan-02
74 minutes
Christmas Bonus: Hyperstition Addendum
2018-Dec-25
24 minutes
Episode 36: On Hyperstition
2018-Dec-19
73 minutes
Episode 35: Whirl Without End: On M.C. Richards' 'Centering'
2018-Dec-05
61 minutes
Episode 34: The Weird Realism of Robert Aickman
2018-Nov-21
55 minutes
Episode 33: The Fine Art of Changing the Subject: On Duchamp's 'Fountain'
2018-Nov-07
59 minutes
Episode 32: Orbis Tertius: Borges on Magic, Conspiracy and Idealism
2018-Oct-31
70 minutes
Episode 31: Scarcely Human at All: On Glenn Gould's 'Prospects of Recording'
2018-Oct-24
76 minutes
Episode 30: On Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'
2018-Oct-14
66 minutes
Episode 29: On Lovecraft
2018-Oct-09
75 minutes
Episode 28: Weird Music, Part Two
2018-Oct-02
64 minutes
Episode 27: Weird Music, Part One
2018-Sep-26
78 minutes
Episode 26: Living in a Glass Age, with Michael Garfield
2018-Sep-19
78 minutes
Episode 25: David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch'
2018-Sep-12
80 minutes
Episode 24: The Charlatan and the Magus, with Lionel Snell
2018-Aug-28
58 minutes
Episode 23: On Presence
2018-Aug-15
103 minutes
Episode 22: Divining the World with Joshua Ramey
2018-Aug-01
69 minutes
Episode 21: The Trash Stratum - Part 2
2018-Jul-13
65 minutes
Episode 20: The Trash Stratum - Part 1
2018-Jul-04
75 minutes
Episode 19: Intermezzo
2018-Jun-20
68 minutes
Episode 18: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part Two
2018-Jun-13
61 minutes
Episode 17: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part One
2018-Jun-06
47 minutes
Episode 16: On Dogen Zenji's 'Genjokoan'
2018-May-30
71 minutes
Episode 15: On Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' - Part Two
2018-May-23
64 minutes
Episode 14: On Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' - Part One
2018-May-16
41 minutes
Episode 13: The Obscure: On the Philosophy of Heraclitus
2018-May-09
81 minutes
Episode 12: The Dark Eye: On the Films of Rodney Ascher
2018-May-02
88 minutes
Episode 11: Art is a Haunting Spirit
2018-Apr-25
75 minutes
Weird Stories: M. R. James' "The Mezzotint"
2018-Apr-23
27 minutes
Episode 10: Philip K. Dick: Adrift in the Multiverse
2018-Apr-18
83 minutes
Episode 9: On Aleister Crowley and the Idea of Magick
2018-Apr-11
76 minutes
Episode 8: On Graham Harman's "The Third Table"
2018-Apr-04
72 minutes
Episode 7: The Unspeakable Mystery at the Heart of Boxing
2018-Mar-28
65 minutes
Episode 6: Dungeons & Dragons, or the Reality of Illusions
2018-Mar-21
78 minutes
Episode 5: Reading Lisa Ruddick's "When Nothing is Cool"
2018-Mar-13
68 minutes
Episode 4: Exploring the Weird with Erik Davis
2018-Mar-07
81 minutes
Episode 3: Ecstasy, Sin, and "The White People"
2018-Feb-21
79 minutes
Weird Stories: Arthur Machen's "The White People"
2018-Feb-19
96 minutes
Episode 2: Garmonbozia
2018-Feb-01
86 minutes
Episode 1: Introduction to Weird Studies
2018-Jan-31
32 minutes