The Jacksway Collective: Philosophy & Fiction

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What is The Jacksway Collective?

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

We're the Jacksway Collective.

A group of Western University humanities graduates/ex-roommates who've decided to kick back once a week and discuss academic papers, philosophy books, and short stories.

"Why would we do such a thing?" one may ask. Well, because we love it. In college, we'd get together on weekends in our apartment on "Jacksway Crescent" (maybe not entirely sober) to watch obscure movies and discuss whatever we'd been reading at the time.

Now, we find ourselves separated by vast stretches of geography, but set on staying in touch. One year out of university, we've found that when we finish reading books/papers, there's no lecture to attend or fellow students to discuss our thoughts with. The follow-up after reading is perhaps the most vital part of the learning process; it's also the most fun. This podcast is an attempt to recreate that.

None of us claim to be experts in any of what we read. This gives us a huge amount of freedom to throw whatever ideas we think are interesting out there and see if it makes sense or not. We're not looking to educate; instead, we're looking to learn alongside our audience and enjoy ourselves in the process. Things are bound to go off the rails when recording, but that's exactly the way we want it. We know there are others out there who love these topics and are hungry for discussion about them. To those of you out there, we invite you to join us once a week in this endeavour.

This is a podcast that will grow and improve every week. We've never done anything like this before, so you can expect the quality of the podcast to increase as our competence for making it does too. Sound quality has consistently improved every week and we're working on optimizing our entire workflow. This will be an ongoing process of revision, so we thank you for sticking with us through the bumps in the road.

We hope that this podcast will evolve into something great. If you have any feedback or criticisms about any of the episodes, feel free to send us an email at:

Haven't heard any episodes yet? Check out our very first episode where we discuss Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus here:

More interested in short stories? We recommend starting with Episode 2, where all three of us are on the track as we break down Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge:

We'd love for you to subscribe to us or rate us on iTunes if you have the time. Here are the links to do so.

That covers everything. Thanks so much for listening and being part of The Jacksway Collective.

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