Weird Studies

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

62 episodes of Weird Studies since the first episode, which aired on January 31st, 2018.

  • Episode 12: The Dark Eye: On the Films of Rodney Ascher

    Episode  |  May 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 28 mins
    documentary, horror films, rodney ascher, sleep paralysis, the shining

    Phil and JF discuss the work of American filmmaker Rodney Ascher, contemporary master of the weird documentary.

  • Episode 11: Art is a Haunting Spirit

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2018  |  1 hr 15 mins
    aesthetics, mezzotint, mr james, walter benjamin

    A discussion of M. R. James' ghost story "The Mezzotint" turns into a disquisition on the nature of art in the modern age.

  • Weird Stories: M. R. James' "The Mezzotint"

    Episode  |  April 23rd, 2018  |  27 mins 34 secs
    mezzotint, mr james, story readings, weird fiction

    An unabridged reading of M. R. James' classic ghost story, "The Mezzotint," read by Weird Studies co-host, Phil Ford.

  • Episode 10: Philip K. Dick: Adrift in the Multiverse

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    multiverse, parallel universes, philip k dick, time

    JF and Phil discuss Philip K. Dick's seminal essay, "If You Find this World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others."

  • Episode 9: On Aleister Crowley and the Idea of Magick

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 16 mins
    aleister crowley, magick, occult

    JF and Phil talk about Aleister Crowley's 1924 work, Magick in Theory and Practice.

  • Episode 8: On Graham Harman's "The Third Table"

    Episode  |  April 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins
    idealism, lovecraft, materialism, panpsychism, philosophy, zen

    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.

  • Episode 7: The Unspeakable Mystery at the Heart of Boxing

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bloodsport, boxing, martial arts, sublime, violence

    JF and Phil wrestle with philosophical issues surrounding violent sports.

  • Episode 6: Dungeons & Dragons, or the Reality of Illusions

    Episode  |  March 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 18 mins
    d&d, fantasy, imaginal, roleplaying games

    Phil and JF use D&D as a lens to locate the vanishing point where fantasy converges with the real.

  • Episode 5: Reading Lisa Ruddick's "When Nothing is Cool"

    Episode  |  March 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins
    critique, essence, lisa ruddick, nihilism, soul

    Phil and JF do their best to weird the cultural politics of the postmodern academy.

  • Episode 4: Exploring the Weird with Erik Davis

    Episode  |  March 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 21 mins
    erik davis, techngosis, uncanny, weird

    Scholar, author and journalist Erik Davis joins Phil and JF to talk about Weird Sh*t.

  • Episode 3: Ecstasy, Sin, and "The White People"

    Episode  |  February 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins
    arthur machen, ecstasy, faerie, sin, the white people

    JF and Phil discuss key themes and ideas from Arthur Machen's weird story, "The White People."

  • Weird Stories: Arthur Machen's "The White People"

    Episode  |  February 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    audiobooks, machen, the white people, weird fiction

    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.

  • Episode 2: Garmonbozia

    Episode  |  February 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    atomic bomb, cold war, demons, twin peaks

    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.

  • Episode 1: Introduction to Weird Studies

    Episode  |  January 31st, 2018  |  32 mins 18 secs
    art, fortean phenomena, nightmares, philosophy, weird studies

    Phil and J.F. attempt to explain the non-existent field of Weird Studies.