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 | February 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 31 mins
divination, epistemology, metaphysics, time
JF and Phil discuss Phil's work-in-progress, an essay on synchronicity, divination, and cosmic meaning entitled "Diviner's Time."
Episode | February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
art, literature, mysticism, pedagogy
Phil and JF discuss the visionary tradition in art and literature with Canadian poet and scholar, B. W. Powe.
Episode | January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 17 mins
fantasy, literature, metaphysics, politics
JF and Phil discuss Ursula Le Guin's great coming-of-age fantasy novel, the first of the Earthsea cycle.
Episode | January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
antinatalism, magic, metaphysics, occult
Phil and JF discuss Faculty X, a key notion from Colin Wilson's classic study of the supernatural and Western esotericism, "The Occult."
Episode | December 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
cinema, history, psychology, religion
JF and Phil discuss the 1947 British film, "Black Narcissus."
Episode | December 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
cinema, morality, psychology
Phil and JF discuss Jonathan Demme's 1991 film, "The Silence of the Lambs."
Episode | November 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 25 mins
esotericism, magic, music
JF and Phil discuss Sun Ra's strange and prophetic film, "Space is the Place."
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.