Twitter: @weirdstudies • @JF_Martel
2018 to present
Average episode: 75 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: 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."
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|2023-Sep-26 • 84 minutes|
Episode 154: Into the Night Land, with Erik Davis
JF and Phil are joined by Erik Davis to discuss William Hope Hodgson's masterfully weird 1912 novel.
|2023-Sep-13 • 79 minutes|
Episode 153: Celestial Machine: On the Temperance Card in the Tarot
Phil and JF discuss the fourteenth arcanum, traditionally known as Temperance.
|2023-Sep-08 • 51 minutes|
Summer Bonus #2: Art and AI
Another Patreon bonus, released for your listening pleasure as we prepare the first episode of the new season, which begins on September 13th.
|2023-Aug-15 • 50 minutes|
Summer Bonus: On Affectation, with a Special Announcement
Phil and JF discuss the virtues of affectation in this bonus episode, previously available only to Patreon members.
|2023-Aug-01 • 108 minutes|
Episode 152: The Science of Things Spiritual: Live in Lily Dale
JF and Phil discuss Frederic Myers, founding member of the Society for Psychical Research, at the 2023 Science of Things Spiritual Symposium in Lily Dale, New York.
|2023-Jul-19 • 76 minutes|
Episode 151: The Real and the Possible: Live at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute, with Jacob G. Foster
Jacob G. Foster joins Phil and JF to discuss art, science, and the reality of the possible.
|2023-Jul-05 • 85 minutes|
Episode 150: Sacramental Reality: On Arthur Machen's "A Fragment of Life"
JF and Phil discuss Machen's masterful writing craft in his novella "A Fragment of Life."
|2023-Jun-21 • 79 minutes|
Episode 149: Song Swap: On Judee Sill's 'The Kiss' and Wilco's 'Jesus, Etc.'
Phil and JF explore the musicological, philosophical, and prophetic dimensions of two good tunes.
|2023-Jun-07 • 78 minutes|
Episode 148: Mythos of the Moment: On 'Twin Peaks,' Season 3
JF and Phil discuss the aesthetics and metaphysics of David Lynch's landmark series.
|2023-May-24 • 93 minutes|
Episode 147: You Must Change Your Life
Phil and JF discuss the famous poem "Archaic Torso of Apollo" by Rainer Maria Rilke.
|2023-May-10 • 77 minutes|
Episode 146: An Air of Great Power: On the Chariot in the Tarot
JF and Phil discuss the seventh major trump of the tarot, the Chariot.
|2023-Apr-26 • 90 minutes|
Episode 145: Waiting for the Miracle: On Vanessa Onwuemezi's "Dark Neighbourhood"
JF and Phil discuss the title story from Vanessa Onwuemezi's debut collection of short fiction from Fitzcarraldo Press.
|2023-Apr-12 • 103 minutes|
Episode 144: On Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser' and 'The Hellbound Heart,' with Conner Habib
Conner Habib joins Phil and JF to discuss Clive Barker's classic horror film, and the novella it was based on.
|2023-Mar-29 • 90 minutes|
Episode 143: On UFOs
JF and Phil discuss the UFO phenomenon in light of ongoing government disclosures.
|2023-Mar-15 • 81 minutes|
Episode 142: The Music of the Spheres: On Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Last and First Men"
Phil and JF discuss the Icelandic's composer posthumous science fiction film.
|2023-Feb-28 • 84 minutes|
Episode 141: Actual Magic: On Ramsey Dukes' SSOTBME
JF and Phil discuss Dukes' seminal essay on modern magic.
|2023-Feb-15 • 81 minutes|
Episode 140: That Ain't Plot: On Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away'
Meredith joins Phil and JF to discuss the 2001 Studio Ghibli masterpiece.
|2023-Feb-01 • 94 minutes|
Episode 139: Sex, Money, and Power are YOURS with our SECRET Art-Power Formula!
You must change your life.
|2023-Jan-18 • 75 minutes|
Episode 138: Yours and Yours Alone: On the Death Card in the Tarot
Phil and JF continue their occasional series of episodes on the major arcana of the tarot with a discussion on arcanum XIII, Death.
|2022-Dec-25 • 38 minutes|
The Weird Studies Christmas Special
Phil and JF discuss why seeing twinkling lights in the dark is so Christmassy
|2022-Dec-14 • 75 minutes|
Episode 137: Brute Force: on Sunn O)))'s 'Life Metal'
JF and Phil discuss Sunn O)))'s eighth album, released in 2019
|2022-Nov-30 • 68 minutes|
Episode 136: The Things That Were And Shall Be Again: On 'Evil Dead II'
Phil and JF discuss Sam Raimi's "splatstick" classic, Evil Dead II.
|2022-Nov-16 • 63 minutes|
Episode 135: On 'The Secret Life of Puppets,' with Victoria Nelson
Independent scholar and novelist Victoria Nelson joins JF and Phil to discuss her masterpiece of weird studies, The Secret Life of Puppets.
|2022-Nov-01 • 92 minutes|
Episode 134: On Federico Campagna's 'Technic and Magic'
Phil and JF discuss Campagna's proposal of a new reality system rooted in the idea of "magic."
|2022-Oct-19 • 71 minutes|
Episode 133: On Weirding, and the Virtues of Unknowing Everything
JF and Phil discuss making things weird as a survival strategy for the Weird Age.
|2022-Oct-05 • 82 minutes|
Episode 132: Art Is an Alien Technology: Live at the Supernormal Festival
Phil and JF discuss Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" at the 2022 Supernormal Festival in England.
|2022-Sep-27 • 57 minutes|
Off-Week Bonus: On Worlds and Stories, with a Special Announcement
After announcing a new online course they will be teaching together, JF and Phil talk storytelling and worldbuilding.
|2022-Sep-21 • 72 minutes|
Episode 131: Knocking on the Abyssal Door: Live at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute
Phil and J.F. talk about magic, synchronicity, and prophecy to an audience composed of scientists, scholars, and artists at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
|2022-Sep-07 • 77 minutes|
Episode 130: Holiday Memories
Phil and JF discuss their recent adventures in the United Kingdom.
|2022-Aug-03 • 93 minutes|
Episode 129: Luminous Miasma: On Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"
JF and Phil visit the House of Usher.
|2022-Jul-19 • 88 minutes|
Episode 128: Demon Workshop: On Victoria Nelson's 'Neighbor George'
Phil and JF discuss Victoria Nelson's novel of psychological horror.
|2022-Jul-06 • 76 minutes|
Episode 127: Leaving the Mechanical Dollhouse: On Abeba Birhane's "The Impossibility of Automating Ambiguity"
JF and Phil discuss Abeba Birhane's essay on the ethical, psychological, and political cost of universal automation.
|2022-Jun-22 • 82 minutes|
Episode 126: The Daemon Speaks, with Matt Cardin
Matt Cardin joins JF and Phil to discuss daimonic reality and the idea of dark enlightenment.
|2022-Jun-08 • 97 minutes|
Episode 125: Strange Brews: Weird Studies Live at Illuminated Brew Works
Phil, Meredith, and JF discuss ritual and potion-making in a live recording hosted by Illuminated Brew Works in Chicago.
|2022-May-25 • 88 minutes|
Episode 124: Dark Night Radio of the Soul, with Duncan Barford
Spiritual practitioner Duncan Barford joins JF and Phil to talk about the Dark Night of the Soul.
|2022-May-18 • 40 minutes|
Episode 123: Off-Week Patreon Bonus: On Modern Miracles
A free Patreon episode exploring more of the affordances of a spiral universe.
|2022-May-11 • 81 minutes|
Episode 122: Spirals and Crooked Lines: On the Star Card in the Tarot
The Star is one of the most iconic of the major trumps of the traditional tarot deck. It is also one of the most ambiguous. A woman is shown emptying two urns of water onto the parched ground. She is flanked by nascent plant life. Shining above her are those nocturnal luminaries whose "eternal silence" so frightened the philosopher Blaise Pascal at the dawn of modernity. Are the stars pointing the way to a brighter future, or are they stars of ill omen, warning us of what lies ahead? And what does...
|2022-Apr-27 • 64 minutes|
Episode 121: Dream Theater: On 'Mandy' and 'The Band Wagon'
Phil and JF discuss the film musical comedy "The Band Wagon" and the psychedelic horror film "Mandy" and discover that these films actually have a lot in common.
|2022-Apr-13 • 77 minutes|
Episode 120: On Radical Mystery
JF and Phil cope with the unexpungable fact of mystery.
|2022-Mar-30 • 67 minutes|
Episode 119: Behind the Cosmic Curtain: On Stanislaw Lem's 'The New Cosmogony,' with Meredith Michael
Meredith, Phil, and JF dig into Stanislaw Lem's short story, "The New Cosmogony."
|2022-Mar-16 • 76 minutes|
Episode 118: The Unseen and the Unnamed, with Meredith Michael
Meredith Michael joins JF and Phil to discuss short fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin and J.G. Ballard.
|2022-Mar-02 • 68 minutes|
Episode 117: Time is a Child at Play: On the Mystery of Games
Phil and JF discuss the mystery of games and the play function in culture and cosmos.
|2022-Feb-16 • 89 minutes|
Episode 116: On 'Blade Runner'
JF and Phil discuss philosophical ideas in Ridley Scott's 1982 film.
|2022-Feb-02 • 75 minutes|
Episode 115: Transience & Immersion: On Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports'
Phil and JF discuss the 1978 album that established the ambient music genre.
|2022-Jan-19 • 95 minutes|
Episode 114: On the Wheel of Fortune, the Tenth Card of the Tarot
JF and Phil continue their occasional series on the major trumps of the Tarot with a discussion on the tenth major arcanum, the Wheel of Fortune.
|2021-Dec-22 • 81 minutes|
Episode 113: Framing the Invisible, with Shannon Taggart
Phil and JF talk spiritualism and photography to American artist and paranormal researcher Shannon Taggart.
|2021-Dec-08 • 89 minutes|
Episode 112: Readings from the 'Book of Probes': The Mysticism of Marshall McLuhan
JF and Phil discuss Marshall McLuhan and David Carson's enigmatic 'Book of Probes.'
|2021-Nov-24 • 82 minutes|
Episode 111: What Is Best in Life: On "Conan the Barbarian"
Phil and JF explore the ethics and metaphysics of sword and sorcery through the lends of John Milius' 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones.
|2021-Nov-10 • 73 minutes|
Episode 110: Monks of the Cultural Apocalypse: 'The Glass Bead Game,' Part Two
JF and Phil resume their discussion on Hermann Hesse's "The Glass Bead Game," this time with a focus on what the novel reveals about the value of culture in our times.
|2021-Oct-27 • 80 minutes|
Episode 109: Infinite Play: On 'The Glass Bead Game,' by Hermann Hesse
Phil and JF discuss Hesse's final novel, a quiet masterwork of science fiction about a game that encompasses all of reality.
|2021-Oct-13 • 80 minutes|
Episode 108: On Skepticism and the Paranormal
JF and Phil discuss modern skepticism in light of George P. Hansen's "The Trickster and the Paranormal."
|2021-Sep-29 • 87 minutes|
Episode 107: On Joy Williams' 'Breaking and Entering,' with Conner Habib
Writer, podcaster, and spiritual thinker Conner Habib joins Phil and JF to discuss Williams' novel and the primacy of style in literature.
|2021-Sep-01 • 87 minutes|
Episode 106: The Wanderer: On Weird Studies
JF and Phil discuss consciousness, free will, and podcasting in context of the artwork that is Weird Studies.
|2021-Aug-18 • 92 minutes|
Episode 105: Fire Walk with Tamler Sommers
Phil and JF are joined by philosophy professor Tamler Sommers to discuss the film "Fire Walk with Me."
|2021-Aug-04 • 83 minutes|
Episode 104: We'd Love to Turn You On: 'Sgt. Pepper' and the Beatles
JF and Phil mine the weird in the Beatles' iconic 1967 album.
|2021-Jul-21 • 77 minutes|
Episode 103: On the Tower, the Sixteenth Card of the Tarot
Phil and JF continue their series on the major arcana of the tarot with a discussion on The Tower.
|2021-Jul-07 • 78 minutes|
Episode 102: On Pan, with Gyrus
Writer and independent scholar Gyrus joins JF and Phil to talk about Pan, the Greek god of fear and desire.
|2021-Jun-23 • 61 minutes|
Episode 101: Our Fear of the Dark: On Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows'
Phil and JF discuss Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's meditation on the aesthetics of darkness.
|2021-Jun-09 • 83 minutes|
Episode 100: The Price of Beauty is Horror: On the Films of John Carpenter
JF and Phil discuss the themes and ideas in the films of one of the great American directors.
|2021-May-26 • 90 minutes|
Episode 99: Curing the Human Condition: On 'Wild Wild Country'
Phil and JF work through the differences between spirituality and religion in the context of the documentary series about Bhagwan Rajneesh.
|2021-May-12 • 80 minutes|
Episode 98: Taboo: Time and Belief in Exotica
JF and Phil discuss the ethics and metaphysics of the obscure musical genre known as exotica.
|2021-Apr-28 • 85 minutes|
Episode 97: Art in the Age of Artifice
Phil and JF discuss the ideas in JF's 2015 book, 'Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.'
|2021-Apr-14 • 80 minutes|
Episode 96: Beautiful Beast: On Jean Cocteau's 'La Belle et la Bête'
JF and Phil discuss Jean Cocteau's masterful film, "Beauty and the Beast."
|2021-Mar-31 • 86 minutes|
Episode 95: Demon Seed: On Doris Lessing's 'The Fifth Child'
Phil and JF discuss Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing's unsettling story of a woman who gives birth to a monster.
|2021-Mar-17 • 75 minutes|
Episode 94: All is Mysterious: On the Moon Card in the Tarot
JF and Phil continue their series on the tarot with a discussion of the eighteenth major arcanum.
|2021-Mar-03 • 87 minutes|
Episode 93: Living and Dying in a Secular Age: On Charles Taylor and Disenchantment
Phil and JF discuss Charles Taylor's monumental work of philosophy, "A Secular Age."
|2021-Feb-17 • 87 minutes|
Episode 92: Glitch in the Matrix: A Conversation with Rodney Ascher
JF and Phil are joined by American filmmaker Rodney Ascher to discuss film, music, mood, and his new documentary about people who believe we are in living in a computer simulation.
|2021-Feb-03 • 84 minutes|
Episode 91: On Susanna Clarke's 'Piranesi'
JF and Phil explore the mysterious world of Susanna Clarke's incredible new novel.
|2021-Jan-20 • 70 minutes|
Episode 90: 'The Owl in Daylight': On Philip K. Dick's Unwritten Masterpiece
Phil and JF discuss the novel that would have been Philip K. Dick's magnum opus ... if he had written it.
|2021-Jan-06 • 79 minutes|
Episode 89: On Ishmael Reed's 'Mumbo Jumbo,' or, Why We Need More Magical Thinking
JF and Phil discuss Ishmael Reed's masterpiece of conspiracy fiction.
|2020-Dec-21 • 50 minutes|
Holiday Bonus: Magic, Madness, and Sadness
In this special winter solstice release, Phil and JF discuss a memorable episode of the bizarro animated series Adventure Time.
|2020-Dec-09 • 80 minutes|
Episode 88: On Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's 'Mr Punch'
A discussion of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's 1994 graphic novel, "The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch"
|2020-Nov-25 • 67 minutes|
Episode 87: Glyphs, Rifts, and Ecstasy: On Arthur Machen's Vision of Art
JF and Phil talk art and ecstasy in this episode on Arthur Machen's aesthetic treatise, "Hieroglyphics".
|2020-Nov-11 • 84 minutes|
Episode 86: On E. T. A. Hoffmann's "The Sandman," and Freud's Sequel to It
Phil and JF discuss E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale of weird horror and Sigmund Freud's treatment of it in a famous essay.
|2020-Oct-28 • 77 minutes|
Episode 85: On 'The Wicker Man'
JF and Phil discuss the 1973 masterpiece of folk horror cinema.
|2020-Oct-14 • 79 minutes|
Episode 84: Mona Lisa Smile: On the Empress, the Third Card in the Tarot
Phil and JF discuss the third major arcana of the traditional tarot deck.
|2020-Sep-30 • 78 minutes|
Episode 83: On David Lynch's 'Lost Highway'
JF and Phil take a joy ride into the dark heart David Lynch's surreal 1997 film.
|2020-Sep-16 • 90 minutes|
Episode 82: On The I Ching
Phil and JF discuss the great Chinese oracle.
|2020-Sep-02 • 77 minutes|
Episode 81: Gnostic Lit: On M. John Harrison's 'The Course of the Heart'
JF and Phil discuss M. John Harrison's masterpiece of weird fiction.
|2020-Aug-19 • 77 minutes|
Episode 80: The Pit and the Pyramid, or, How to Beat the Philosopher's Blues
Phil and JF discuss the Neoplatonism of Radiohead and the dark side of Beat culture, as revealed on Broadway.
|2020-Aug-05 • 64 minutes|
Episode 79: Love, Death, and the Dream Life
JF and Phil discuss decadence and vision in Nina Simone's rendition of "Lilac Wine" and Ghostface Killah's "Underwater."
|2020-Jul-22 • 74 minutes|
Episode 78: On John Keel's 'The Mothman Prophecies'
Phil and JF discuss John Keel's classic work of weird nonfiction.
|2020-Jul-08 • 68 minutes|
Episode 77: What a Fool Believes: On the Unnumbered Card in the Tarot
JF and Phil discuss the figure of the Fool in the tarot, society, and literature.
|2020-Jun-24 • 79 minutes|
Episode 76: Below the Abyss: On Bergson's Metaphysics
Phil and JF discuss Henri Bergson's 1903 essay, "Introduction to Metaphysics."
|2020-Jun-18 • 64 minutes|
Bonus: The Duke of Ellington
Weird Studies presents the first of Phil's solo music history podcasts as an off-week bonus.
|2020-Jun-10 • 86 minutes|
Episode 75: Our Old Friend the Monolith: On Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'
JF and Phil discuss a film they've been bringing up since the beginning of the podcast: Kubrick's masterful 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
|2020-May-27 • 71 minutes|
Episode 74: A Luminous Parasite: Jung on Art, Part Two
The second part of Phil and JF's discussion C. G. Jung's conception of art.
|2020-May-13 • 64 minutes|
Episode 73: Carl Jung and the Power of Art, Part One
The first of two conversations in which JF and Phil investigate C. G. Jung's thoughts on the psychology of artistic creation.
|2020-Apr-29 • 74 minutes|
Episode 72: Morning of the Mutants: On the Castrati
Phil and JF discuss the curious phenomena of castrati, the famous singing eunuchs of early modern Europe.
|2020-Apr-15 • 85 minutes|
Episode 71: The Medium is the Message
JF and Phil discuss the meanings of Marshall McLuhan's famous utterance.
|2020-Apr-01 • 77 minutes|
Episode 70: Masks All the Way Down, with James Curcio
James Curcio joins Phil and JF for a discussion on the concept of the mask as elaborated in his anthology, "Masks: Bowie and Artists of Artifice".
|2020-Mar-25 • 59 minutes|
Episode 69: Special Episode: On Some Mental Effects of the Pandemic
Phil and JF discuss William James's essay "On Some Mental Effects of the Earthquake."
|2020-Mar-23 • 22 minutes|
Weird Stories: "On Some Mental Effects of the Earthquake" by William James
Phil reads an essay by William James on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
|2020-Mar-18 • 75 minutes|
Episode 68: On James Hillman's 'The Dream and the Underworld'
JF and Phil discuss James Hillman's archetypal psychology as it pertains to dreams and death.
|2020-Mar-04 • 83 minutes|
Episode 67: Goblins, Goat-Gods and Gates: On 'Hellier'
Phil and JF discuss the hit documentary series "Hellier."
|2020-Feb-19 • 92 minutes|
Episode 66: On Diviner's Time
JF and Phil discuss Phil's work-in-progress, an essay on synchronicity, divination, and cosmic meaning entitled "Diviner's Time."
|2020-Feb-05 • 80 minutes|
Episode 65: Touched by that Fire: On Visionary Literature, with B. W. Powe
Phil and JF discuss the visionary tradition in art and literature with Canadian poet and scholar, B. W. Powe.
|2020-Jan-22 • 78 minutes|
Episode 64: Dreams and Shadows: On Ursula Le Guin's 'A Wizard of Earthsea'
JF and Phil discuss Ursula Le Guin's great coming-of-age fantasy novel, the first of the Earthsea cycle.
|2020-Jan-08 • 79 minutes|
Episode 63: Faculty X: On Colin Wilson's 'The Occult'
Phil and JF discuss Faculty X, a key notion from Colin Wilson's classic study of the supernatural and Western esotericism, "The Occult."
|2019-Dec-18 • 93 minutes|
Episode 62: It's Like 'The Shining', But With Nuns: On 'Black Narcissus'
JF and Phil discuss the 1947 British film, "Black Narcissus."
|2019-Dec-04 • 67 minutes|
Episode 61: Evil and Ecstasy: On 'The Silence of the Lambs'
Phil and JF discuss Jonathan Demme's 1991 film, "The Silence of the Lambs."
|2019-Nov-20 • 86 minutes|
Episode 60: Space is the Place: On Sun Ra, Gnosticism, and the Tarot
JF and Phil discuss Sun Ra's strange and prophetic film, "Space is the Place."
|2019-Nov-06 • 80 minutes|
Episode 59: Green Mountains Are Always Walking
Phil and JF discuss the mysteries of our oldest, and strangest, mode of transportation.
|2019-Oct-23 • 60 minutes|
Episode 58: What Do Critics Do?
JF and Phil discuss Dave Hickey's 1997 essay, "Air Guitar".
|2019-Oct-09 • 90 minutes|
Episode 57: Box of God(s): On 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
Phil and JF discuss Steven Spielberg's classic film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
|2019-Sep-25 • 79 minutes|
Episode 56: On Jean Gebser, with Jeremy D. Johnson
JF and Phil talk to Jeremy Johnson about his new book, "Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness."
|2019-Sep-11 • 83 minutes|
Episode 55: The Great Weird North: On Algernon Blackwood's 'The Wendigo'
Phil and JF discuss Algernon Blackwoods tale of the Canadian forest, "The Wendigo."
|2019-Aug-28 • 77 minutes|
Episode 54: Lobsters, Pianos, and Hidden Gods
JF and Phil discuss Errol Morris's fascinating essay, "The Pianist and the Lobster."
|2019-Aug-14 • 62 minutes|
Episode 53: Astral Jet Lag: On William Gibson's 'Pattern Recognition'
Phil and JF discuss Gibson's masterwork of speculative naturalism.
|2019-Jul-31 • 75 minutes|
Episode 52: On Beauty
JF and Phil discuss the nature and power of beauty.
|2019-Jul-17 • 96 minutes|
Episode 51: Blind Seers: On Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood'
Phil and JF discuss Flannery O'Connor first novel, interpreting it as an investigation into the implications of the modern.
|2019-Jul-03 • 96 minutes|
Episode 50: Demogorgon: On 'Stranger Things'
JF and Phil discuss the eldritch metaphysics of the Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'
|2019-Jun-19 • 82 minutes|
Episode 49: Out of Time: Nietzsche on History
Phil and JF discuss Nietzsche's seminal essay, "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life," from Untimely Meditations.
|2019-Jun-05 • 84 minutes|
Episode 48: Walking the Tightrope with Erik Davis
JF and Phil sit down with Erik Davis to discuss his new book, "High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies."
|2019-May-22 • 68 minutes|
Episode 47: Machines of Loving Grace: Technology and the Unabomber
A wide-ranging conversation on technology, utopia, and the ethics of cybernetics.
|2019-May-08 • 89 minutes|
Episode 46: Thomas Ligotti's Angel
An in-depth discussion of horror writer Thomas Ligotti's short story, "Mrs. Rinaldi's Angel."
|2019-Apr-24 • 70 minutes|
Episode 45: Jeffrey J. Kripal on 'Flipping' Out of Materialism
JF and Phil talk to Jeffrey Kripal about his new book, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge"
|2019-Apr-09 • 93 minutes|
Episode 44: Doomed to Enchantment: The Psychical Research of William James
Phil and JF discuss two articles by William James on the early years of psychical research in Britain and the US.
|2019-Mar-27 • 76 minutes|
Episode 43: On Shirley Jackson
JF and Phil discuss two weird masterworks, "The Lottery" and "The Summer People" by the American horror luminary, Shirley Jackson.
|2019-Mar-13 • 64 minutes|
Episode 42: On Pauline Oliveros, with Kerry O'Brien
Music scholar Kerry O'Brien join Phil and JF for a conversation on the work of American composer Pauline Oliveros.
|2019-Feb-27 • 60 minutes|
Episode 41: On Speculative Fiction, with Matt Cardin
JF and Phil talk fantasy and horror with writer and editor Matt Cardin.
|2019-Feb-13 • 78 minutes|
Episode 40: On Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin'
Phil and JF discuss the recent masterwork of weird cinema starring Scarlett Johansson.
|2019-Jan-30 • 62 minutes|
Episode 39: The Challenge of the Paranormal, with Jeffrey J. Kripal
JF and Phil discuss the paranormal with the esteemed professor and philosophy and religious thought, Jeffrey J. Kripal.
|2019-Jan-16 • 70 minutes|
Episode 38: Style as Analysis
Phil and JF discuss a recently published article of Phil's authorship on how to write about music.
|2019-Jan-02 • 75 minutes|
Episode 37: Entities, with Stuart Davis
JF and Phil discuss nonhuman beings in an aesthetic universe with filmmaker, musician and mystic Stuart Evan Davis.
|2018-Dec-25 • 24 minutes|
Christmas Bonus: Hyperstition Addendum
The final segment of our conversation on hyperstition, i.e., fiction that turns real.
|2018-Dec-19 • 73 minutes|
Episode 36: On Hyperstition
JF and Phil talk hyperstitions, entities born in the realm of fantasy that slowly become denizens of the real.
|2018-Dec-05 • 61 minutes|
Episode 35: Whirl Without End: On M.C. Richards' 'Centering'
Phil and JF discuss the first chapter of "Centering," M.C. Richard's penetrating essay on the artistic process.
|2018-Nov-21 • 55 minutes|
Episode 34: The Weird Realism of Robert Aickman
JF and Phil discuss Robert Aickman's masterwork of weird fiction, "The Hospice," from his 1975 collection "Cold Hand in Mine."
|2018-Nov-07 • 60 minutes|
Episode 33: The Fine Art of Changing the Subject: On Duchamp's 'Fountain'
JF and Phil discuss the profound effects of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (the urinal) on the development of the arts since 1917.
|2018-Oct-31 • 71 minutes|
Episode 32: Orbis Tertius: Borges on Magic, Conspiracy and Idealism
Phil and JF discuss the classic tale, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
|2018-Oct-24 • 76 minutes|
Episode 31: Scarcely Human at All: On Glenn Gould's 'Prospects of Recording'
JF and Phil discuss the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould's prophetic essay, "The Prospects of Recording."
|2018-Oct-14 • 66 minutes|
Episode 30: On Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'
Phil and JF discuss Stanley Kubrick's final masterpiece.
|2018-Oct-09 • 75 minutes|
Episode 29: On Lovecraft
Phil and JF try to distill the essence of H. P. Lovecraft's monumental work.
|2018-Oct-02 • 64 minutes|
Episode 28: Weird Music, Part Two
The search for the music of the weird continues with a discussion on Bob Dylan and Franz Liszt.
|2018-Sep-26 • 78 minutes|
Episode 27: Weird Music, Part One
Phil and JF discuss two powerful pieces of music: Ligeti's Musica Ricercata, second movement, and the opening music to Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, composed by Howard Shore and featuring Ornette Coleman.
|2018-Sep-19 • 79 minutes|
Episode 26: Living in a Glass Age, with Michael Garfield
JF and Phil talk to artist and thinker Michael Garfield about his idea that we are living in the final days of the Age of Glass.
|2018-Sep-12 • 80 minutes|
Episode 25: David Cronenberg's 'Naked Lunch'
Phil and JF discuss David Cronenberg's 1991 film, "Naked Lunch," an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory classic.
|2018-Aug-28 • 58 minutes|
Episode 24: The Charlatan and the Magus, with Lionel Snell
Phil and JF discuss magic with occult thinker and practicing magician Lionel Snell, also known as Ramsey Dukes.
|2018-Aug-15 • 103 minutes|
Episode 23: On Presence
Phil and JF meet in person to discuss the mysteries of presence and event.
|2018-Aug-01 • 69 minutes|
Episode 22: Divining the World with Joshua Ramey
Phil and JF talk with American philosopher Joshua Ramey about his work on chance, contingency, and divination.
|2018-Jul-13 • 66 minutes|
Episode 21: The Trash Stratum - Part 2
Phil and JF continue to muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."
|2018-Jul-04 • 75 minutes|
Episode 20: The Trash Stratum - Part 1
Phil and JF muse on Philip K. Dick's line, "the symbols of the divine initially show up at the trash stratum."
|2018-Jun-20 • 69 minutes|
Episode 19: Intermezzo
A discussion on the past and future of the podcast, and the nature of the conversation unfolding therein.
|2018-Jun-13 • 61 minutes|
Episode 18: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part Two
Phil and JF continue (begin?) their discussion of William James's essay "Does Consciousness Exist"?
|2018-Jun-06 • 48 minutes|
Episode 17: Does 'Consciousness' Exist? - Part One
JF and Phil do everything in their power to delay the moment where they will actually discuss William James' essay, "Does 'Consciousness' Exist?".
|2018-May-30 • 71 minutes|
Episode 16: On Dogen Zenji's 'Genjokoan'
Phil and JF discuss a classic work of Zen metaphysics.
|2018-May-23 • 65 minutes|
Episode 15: On Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' - Part Two
The second part of Phil and JF's conversation about Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece, "Stalker."
|2018-May-15 • 41 minutes|
Episode 14: On Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' - Part One
The first part of JF and Phil's conversation on Tarkovsky's 1979 masterpiece, "Stalker."
|2018-May-09 • 81 minutes|
Episode 13: The Obscure: On the Philosophy of Heraclitus
Phil and JF riff on randomly generated fragments from the work of a truly weird philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus.
|2018-May-02 • 88 minutes|
Episode 12: The Dark Eye: On the Films of Rodney Ascher
Phil and JF discuss the work of American filmmaker Rodney Ascher, contemporary master of the weird documentary.
|2018-Apr-25 • 76 minutes|
Episode 11: Art is a Haunting Spirit
A discussion of M. R. James' ghost story "The Mezzotint" turns into a disquisition on the nature of art in the modern age.
|2018-Apr-23 • 28 minutes|
Weird Stories: M. R. James' "The Mezzotint"
An unabridged reading of M. R. James' classic ghost story, "The Mezzotint," read by Weird Studies co-host, Phil Ford.
|2018-Apr-18 • 84 minutes|
Episode 10: Philip K. Dick: Adrift in the Multiverse
JF and Phil discuss Philip K. Dick's seminal essay, "If You Find this World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others."
|2018-Apr-11 • 76 minutes|
Episode 9: On Aleister Crowley and the Idea of Magick
JF and Phil talk about Aleister Crowley's 1924 work, _Magick in Theory and Practice_.
|2018-Apr-04 • 72 minutes|
Episode 8: On Graham Harman's "The Third Table"
JF and Phil discuss Graham Harman's essay "The Third Table" and discover that even the most commonplace objects, seen in the right light, are strange to the core.
|2018-Mar-28 • 66 minutes|
Episode 7: The Unspeakable Mystery at the Heart of Boxing
JF and Phil wrestle with philosophical issues surrounding violent sports.
|2018-Mar-21 • 79 minutes|
Episode 6: Dungeons & Dragons, or the Reality of Illusions
Phil and JF use D&D as a lens to locate the vanishing point where fantasy converges with the real.
|2018-Mar-13 • 69 minutes|
Episode 5: Reading Lisa Ruddick's "When Nothing is Cool"
Phil and JF do their best to weird the cultural politics of the postmodern academy.
|2018-Mar-07 • 81 minutes|
Episode 4: Exploring the Weird with Erik Davis
Scholar, author and journalist Erik Davis joins Phil and JF to talk about Weird Sh*t.
|2018-Feb-21 • 80 minutes|
Episode 3: Ecstasy, Sin, and "The White People"
JF and Phil discuss key themes and ideas from Arthur Machen's weird story, "The White People."
|2018-Feb-19 • 97 minutes|
Weird Stories: Arthur Machen's "The White People"
A complete reading of Arthur Machen's 1904 novella, "The White People," by co-host Phil Ford. This reading accompanies the upcoming episode of the Weird Studies podcast where J.F. and Phil plumb the imaginal depths of the classic weird tale.
|2018-Feb-01 • 86 minutes|
Episode 2: Garmonbozia
Phil and JF use Twin Peaks mythos to try to understand what it was that the detonation of atomic bomb brought into the world. Our answer: garmonbozia and plenty of it.
|2018-Jan-31 • 32 minutes|
Episode 1: Introduction to Weird Studies
Phil and J.F. attempt to explain the non-existent field of Weird Studies.