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Professor Phil Ford and writer J. F. Martel host a series of conversations on art and philosophy, dwelling on ideas that are hard to think and art that opens up rifts in what we are pleased to call "reality."

Weird Studies Phil Ford and J. F. Martel

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 117 Ratings

Professor Phil Ford and writer J. F. Martel host a series of conversations on art and philosophy, dwelling on ideas that are hard to think and art that opens up rifts in what we are pleased to call "reality."

    By Heart: On Memory, Poetry, and Form

    By Heart: On Memory, Poetry, and Form

    In this computerized age, we tend to see memory as a purely cerebral faculty. To memorize is to store information away in the brain in such a way as to make it retrievable at a later time. But the old expression "knowing by heart" calls us to a stranger, more embodied and mysterious take on memory. In this episode, Phil and JF endeavour to recite two poems they've learned by heart, as a preamble to a discussion on poetry, form, and the magic of memory.


    Details on Shannon Taggart's Symposium @ Lily Dale (July 25-28).


    Support us on Patreon.
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    Listen to Meredith Michael and Gabriel Lubell's podcast, Cosmophonia.
    Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
    Find us on Discord
    Get the T-shirt design from Cotton Bureau!


    REFERENCES


    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Musical Instrument”
    Dave Hickey, “Formalism” from Pirates and Farmers
    Weird Studies, Episode 109-110 on “The Glass Bead Game”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria
    Weird Studies, Episode 42 with Kerry O Brien
    Francis Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Head Over Heels: On the Hanged Man of the Tarot

    Head Over Heels: On the Hanged Man of the Tarot

    The Hanged Man is arguably the most enigmatic card in the traditional tarot deck. Divested of any archetypal apparel – he is neither emperor nor fool, but just a man, who happens to be hanging – he gazes back at us with the look of one who harbors a secret. But what sort of secret? In this episode, JF and Phil discuss the card that no less august a personage than A.E. Waite, co-creator of the classic Rider-Waite deck, claimed was beyond all understanding.


    The musical interludes in this episode are from Pierre-Yves Martel's recent album, "Bach." Visit his website for more.


    Support us on Patreon.
    Buy the Weird Studies soundtrack, volumes 1 and 2, on Pierre-Yves Martel's Bandcamp page.
    Listen to Meredith Michael and Gabriel Lubell's podcast, Cosmophonia.
    Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
    Find us on Discord
    Get the T-shirt design from Cotton Bureau!


    REREFENCES


    Welkin/Gnostic Tarot
    Sally Nichols, Tarot and the Archetypal Journey
    Rachel Pollack, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom
    Yoav Ben-Dov
    Our Known Friend, Meditations on the Tarot
    Richard Wagner, ”Sigmund” from Die Walkure
    Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth
    Star Wars
    John Frankenheimer (dir.), The Manchurian Candidate
    Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Way of Tarot
    MC Richards, “Preface” to Centering
    Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
    Alan Chapman, Magia

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Beauty and the Horror

    The Beauty and the Horror

    This week on Weird Studies, Phil and JF explore the intersections of the beautiful and the terrible in art and literature. There is a conventional beauty that calms and placates, and there is a radical beauty which, taking horror’s pale-gloved hand, gives up all pretense to permanence and fixity and joins the danse macabre of our endless becoming. This episode is a preamble to a five-week course of lectures and discussions starting June 20th on Weirdosphere, JF and Phil’s new online learning platform. For more information and to enroll in The Beauty and the Horror, visit www.weirdosphere.org.


    REFERENCES


    JF Martel, Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice, the audiobook, with a new introduction written and read by Donna Tartt.
    Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two
    William Blake, “The Tyger”
    Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
    Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Walter Pater, The Renaissance
    David Lynch, Twin Peaks: The Return
    Anna Aikin, “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History
    Keiji Nishitani, Religion and Nothingness
    Charles Baudelaire, “Le Voyage”
    Franz Schubert, “Death and the Maiden” Quartet
    Franz Schubert, Piano Sonata in C major, D. 840
    J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Art is Another Word for Truth: On Orson Welles's 'F for Fake'

    Art is Another Word for Truth: On Orson Welles's 'F for Fake'

    Orson Welles made F for Fake in the early seventies, while still bobbing in the wake of a Pauline Kael essay accusing him of being cinema's greatest fraud. Ostensibly a documentary on the famous art forger Elmyr de Hory and his biographer Clifford Irving (a talented faker in his own right), the film blurs the line between fact and fiction in an effort to explore art's weird entanglement with illusion, magic, and ultimately, the search for truth. This is a film unlike any other, and it is arguably Welles's most important contribution to the evolution and theory of film aesthetics.


    Join the Weirdosphere online learning community by enrolling in Phil and J.F.'s inaugural course, [THE BEAUTY AND THE HORROR](www.weirdosphere.org), starting June 20th.


    Support us on Patreon.
    Buy the Weird Studies soundtrack, volumes 1 and 2, on Pierre-Yves Martel's Bandcamp page.
    Listen to Meredith Michael and Gabriel Lubell's podcast, Cosmophonia.
    Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
    Find us on Discord
    Get the T-shirt design from Cotton Bureau!


    RERERENCES


    Orson Welles, F for Fake
    Gilles Deleuze Cinema 2
    Elmyr de Hory, art forger
    Clifford Irving, American writer
    Howard Hughes, American aerospace engineer
    David Thomson, Biographical Dictionary of Film
    David Thomson, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles
    Pauline Kael, Raising Kane
    “War of the Worlds” radio drama
    The Farm Podcast, “Horror Hosts, Films & Other Strange Realities w/ David Metcalfe, Conspirinormal & Recluse”
    Orson Welles - Interview with Michael Parkinson (BBC 1974)
    Geoffrey Cornelius, Cornelius
    Victoria Nelson, Secret Life of Puppets
    Lionel Snell, My Years of Magical Thinking
    Sokal affair, hoax
    Werner Herzog, “Minnesota Declaration”

    • 1 hr 25 min
    On Free Expression

    On Free Expression

    The ongoing crackdown on protests at many American universities prompts a discussion on the politics, ethics, and metaphysics of free expression.


    Support us on Patreon.
    Buy the Weird Studies soundtrack, volumes 1 and 2, on Pierre-Yves Martel's Bandcamp page.
    Listen to Meredith Michael and Gabriel Lubell's podcast, Cosmophonia.
    Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
    Find us on Discord
    Get the T-shirt design from Cotton Bureau!


    REFERENCES


    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
    Federico Campagna, Technic and Magic
    George Orwell, The Prevention of Literature
    George Orwell, Inside the Whale
    New York Times, “At Indiana University, Protests Only Add to a Full Year of Conflicts
    John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
    Indiana Daily Student, “Provost Addresses Controversy”
    Official government page for the Proposed Bill to address Online Harms in Canada.
    Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
    GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy
    Daryl Davis, American musician and activist
    DavidFoster Wallace, Just Asking

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Visions of the Wasteland: On George Miller's 'Mad Max' Films

    Visions of the Wasteland: On George Miller's 'Mad Max' Films

    There are artists who express the vision of a place, person, or thing so vividly and originally that it sets the bar for all future imaginings. With his four Mad Max films, this is what George Miller did with the image of the Wasteland. No one has been able to capture the stark, raw energy and chaotic beauty of a post-apocalyptic desert quite like Miller. His portrayal not only defines the aesthetic of a cinematic world but also prompts us to think about the meaning of civilization, technology, humanity, and how they intertwine. In this episode, Phil and JF discuss how Mad Max challenges our perception of civilization, and our conception of the human.


    Support us on Patreon.
    Buy the Weird Studies soundtrack, volumes 1 and 2, on Pierre-Yves Martel's Bandcamp page.
    Listen to Meredith Michael and Gabriel Lubell's podcast, Cosmophonia.
    Visit the Weird Studies Bookshop
    Find us on Discord
    Get the T-shirt design from Cotton Bureau!


    REFERENCES


    George Miller (dir.), Mad Max
    George Miller (dir.), Mad Max: The Road Warrior
    George Miller (dir.), Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdrome
    George Miller (dir.), Mad Max: Fury Road
    Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk
    Stanley Kubrick (dir.), A Clockwork Orange
    Sam Raimi (dir), The Quick and the Dead
    Joe Bob Briggs, movie critic
    Phil Ford, “The Wanderer”
    Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, Nomadology
    Our Known Friend, Meditations on the Tarot

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
117 Ratings

117 Ratings

Atsow ,

Weird and wonderful

Full of gems for the mind, and the creative muse. Each episode stretches the Overton Window that little bit more; excellent work JF + Phil.

papyrus11 ,

Essential and valuable

Fascinating and varied subjects, well discussed and highly entertaining. Phil and JF are creating a valuable body of work with this podcast, essential to the entire sphere of the weird. So grateful for all the effort that clearly goes into it.

Feltpebble ,

Life Changing

A podcast that doesn’t tell me how to think but encourages me to actually think in the first place.
Honestly, listening to these guys has been a life-altering experience. Because of it I feel both more free and more unnerved than before I found them.

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