Phil is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the author of the book Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (a cultural history of hipness from the 1930s through the 1960s), the long-running blog Dial 'M' for Musicology, and various essays that have appeared in places like Representations, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, etc. He's turning out new essays on occult themes and assembling them into ... something. A book of some sort.
Phil is a pianist, rabid Wagnerite, crap Buddhist, Philip K. Dick cultist, degenerate fight fan, promulgator of the Twin Peaks mythos, and avid consulter of the I Ching. He wishes that just for once he had an enthusiasm that he didn't have to apologize for or explain to his academic peers.
Episode | May 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
dogen, genjokoan, metaphysics, religion, zen buddhism
Phil and JF discuss a classic work of Zen metaphysics.
Episode | May 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
chernobyl, liminality, samuel delany, stalker, tarkovsky
The second part of Phil and JF's conversation about Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece, "Stalker."
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 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.