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 | 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 | 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 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 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 | December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
hyperstition, magic, metaphysics, occult
JF and Phil talk hyperstitions, entities born in the realm of fantasy that slowly become denizens of the real.
Episode | October 31st, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
hyperstition, idealism, jorge luis borges, metaphysics
Phil and JF discuss the classic tale, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Episode | May 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
dogen, genjokoan, metaphysics, religion, zen buddhism
Phil and JF discuss a classic work of Zen metaphysics.