J.F. Martel is an author, screenwriter, and film & TV director from Ottawa, Canada. His screen work includes French and English-language documentary series and features focused on culture and the arts. He is the author of Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, a book about the nature and power of art published by Evolver Editions in 2015, and released in Spanish by Ediciones Atalanta in 2016. J.F.'s writings on art, culture and philosophy have appeared in Reality Sandwich, Metapsychosis, The Finch, Disinfo, and other online magazines.
Episode | November 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 19 mins
nature, process philosophy, urban studies, walking
Phil and JF discuss the mysteries of our oldest, and strangest, mode of transportation.
Episode | October 23rd, 2019 | 59 mins 55 secs
aesthetics, art, criticism, politics
JF and Phil discuss Dave Hickey's 1997 essay, "Air Guitar".
Episode | October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 30 mins
cinema, gods, mythology
Phil and JF discuss Steven Spielberg's classic film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Episode | September 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
gebser, interviews, perception, philosophy
JF and Phil talk to Jeremy Johnson about his new book, "Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness."
Episode | September 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
cryptozoology, folklore, nature, weird fiction
Phil and JF discuss Algernon Blackwoods tale of the Canadian forest, "The Wendigo."
Episode | August 28th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
music, panpsychism, philosophy
JF and Phil discuss Errol Morris's fascinating essay, "The Pianist and the Lobster."
Episode | August 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
capitalism, consumer culture, occult, technology
Phil and JF discuss Gibson's masterwork of speculative naturalism.
Episode | July 31st, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
aesthetics, art, morality
JF and Phil discuss the nature and power of beauty.
Episode | July 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 35 mins
christianity, literature, morality, nihilism
Phil and JF discuss Flannery O'Connor first novel, interpreting it as an investigation into the implications of the modern.
Episode | July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 36 mins
criticism, metaphysics, stranger things
JF and Phil discuss the eldritch metaphysics of the Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'
Episode | June 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
friedrich nietzsche, history, philosophy
Phil and JF discuss Nietzsche's seminal essay, "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life," from Untimely Meditations.
Episode | June 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
erik davis, interviews, literature, metaphysics
JF and Phil sit down with Erik Davis to discuss his new book, "High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies."
Episode | May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
cybernetics, technology, utopia
A wide-ranging conversation on technology, utopia, and the ethics of cybernetics.
Episode | May 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
metaphysics, theology, thomas ligotti, weird fiction
An in-depth discussion of horror writer Thomas Ligotti's short story, "Mrs. Rinaldi's Angel."
Episode | April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
idealism, interviews, jeffrey kripal, materialism
JF and Phil talk to Jeffrey Kripal about his new book, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge"
Episode | April 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
parapsychology, pluralism, william james
Phil and JF discuss two articles by William James on the early years of psychical research in Britain and the US.