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 | May 15th, 2018 | 41 mins 3 secs
cinema, genre, stalker, tarkovsky, zone
The first part of JF and Phil's conversation on Tarkovsky's 1979 masterpiece, "Stalker."
Episode | May 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 21 mins
death, dreams, greek philosophy, heraclitus, sleep, soul
Phil and JF riff on randomly generated fragments from the work of a truly weird philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus.
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 | 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.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | March 28th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
bloodsport, boxing, martial arts, sublime, violence
JF and Phil wrestle with philosophical issues surrounding violent sports.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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."
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 | 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.