Episode | June 23rd, 2021 | 1 hr 51 secs
aesthetics, literature, modernity, technology
Phil and JF discuss Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's meditation on the aesthetics of darkness.
Episode | June 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 23 mins
apocalypse, cinema, horror, john carpenter
JF and Phil discuss the themes and ideas in the films of one of the great American directors.
Episode | May 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 30 mins
class, religion, spirituality
Phil and JF work through the differences between spirituality and religion in the context of the documentary series about Bhagwan Rajneesh.
Episode | May 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
aesthetics, culture, exotica, history, music
JF and Phil discuss the ethics and metaphysics of the obscure musical genre known as exotica.
Episode | April 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 25 mins
aesthetics, criticism, metaphysics, religion
Phil and JF discuss the ideas in JF's 2015 book, 'Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice.'
Episode | April 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
animals, cinema, fairy tales, love
JF and Phil discuss Jean Cocteau's masterful film, "Beauty and the Beast."
Episode | March 31st, 2021 | 1 hr 25 mins
literature, monsters, parenthood, psychology
Phil and JF discuss Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing's unsettling story of a woman who gives birth to a monster.
Episode | March 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
JF and Phil continue their series on the tarot with a discussion of the eighteenth major arcanum.
Episode | March 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 27 mins
myth, philosophy, religion, secularism
Phil and JF discuss Charles Taylor's monumental work of philosophy, "A Secular Age."
Episode | February 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 27 mins
cinema, guest episodes, metaphysics, simulationism
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.
Episode | February 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 23 mins
JF and Phil explore the mysterious world of Susanna Clarke's incredible new novel.
Episode | January 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
philip k. dick, philosophy. literature
Phil and JF discuss the novel that would have been Philip K. Dick's magnum opus ... if he had written it.
Episode | January 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
conspiracy, history, literature, magic
JF and Phil discuss Ishmael Reed's masterpiece of conspiracy fiction.
Episode | December 21st, 2020 | 50 mins 15 secs
cinema, comedy, metaphysics, time
In this special winter solstice release, Phil and JF discuss a memorable episode of the bizarro animated series Adventure Time.
Episode | December 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
art, comics, memory, trickster
A discussion of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's 1994 graphic novel, "The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch"
Episode | November 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
art, ecstasy, literature
JF and Phil talk art and ecstasy in this episode on Arthur Machen's aesthetic treatise, "Hieroglyphics".