Unfortunately Required Reading
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Unfortunately Required ReadingApr 24, 2021
Animal Harm (Animal Farm)
This month Amanda and Victoria discuss George Orwell's Animal Farm, and the historical events that inspired it.
F*** You, Mark Twain
By some miracle, we made it to 100 episodes. This week we discuss Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and wonder why we give this book to children.
I Dreamed I Went to Mandalay Bay Last Night (Rebecca)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.
Death From Above (The War of the Worlds)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss HG Wells as The War of the Worlds.
The Ultimate KGB C*ck Block (Doctor Zhivago)
This is the reuploaded version of our episode on Doctor Zhivago. Some listeners advised the end had been cut off by our editing software. Thank you!
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the drag that is Doctor Zhivago and why it was so scary to the USSR.
A Guide to Why Your Black Friends Are Exhausted (A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.
The Return of Two Host One Mic (The Secret Garden)
Amanda and Victoria FINALLY get to record together in person for the first time in....almost three years? Welcome back with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We discuss ableism, rest cures, and the garden metaphor.
A Thinly Veiled Cult Metaphor? (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
This week Amanda and Victoria read a book that managed to break Victoria, Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Cottage Core White Girl Fantasies (The Witch of Blackbird Pond)
Amanda and Victoria discuss The Witch of Blackbird Pond and why Kit definitely would have been found guilty of witchcraft in Connecticut.
Being a Mermaid is Just One Giant Metaphor, Isn't It? (Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the uncomfortable dating history of Hans Christan Andersen...wait, we mean The Little Mermaid.
Do Androids Dream of Dick? (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)
This week Amanda and Victoria read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, the book that was adapted loosely into Blade Runner.
So You're Saying I Can Dodge? (Neuromancer)
Amanda, Victoria, and special guest Baron Von Cheeseplate discuss William Gibson's Neuromancer.
Trauma All the Way Down (The Haunting of Hill House)
This week Amanda and Victoria cover spooky season with Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House.
Episode 88: It Was a Monkey? (Murders in the Rue Morgue)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe for Spooky Season.
These are the MF Jokes (Oedipus Rex)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Sophocles' work Oedipus Rex (aka Oedipus the King) and make surprisingly few jokes about incest.
Sexting in the Time of Cholera (Love in the Time of Cholera)
This week Amanda and Victoria read Love in the Time of Cholera.
Encanto with Incest (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the most beloved Latin American novel of all time, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Sartre Diem (No Exit)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Sartre's one-act play No Exit.
A Night with Uncle Tennessee (The Lady of Larkspur Lotion)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Tennesse Williams' one act play, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion.
Mimosas are Not the Only Brunch Beverage (Oranges are Not the Only Fruit)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Jeanette Winterson's Oranges are Not the Only Fruit.
Getting Dragged by Gods (the Iliad)
This week we discuss the Iliad for Pride month.
nolite te bastardes carborundorum (The Handmaid's Tale)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and despair.
Another Robbie Burns Inspired Book (Of Mice and Men)
This week Amanda and Victoria unpack Of Mice and Men, the exploitation of the American worker, and the utter exhaustion of existence.
Like Ducks on a Frozen Pond (Catcher in the Rye)
This week Amanda is drug kicking and screaming into a book they didn't have to read in school and Victoria has flashbacks to dating people who need therapy.
Being an Adult at 13 Sucks (Dicey's Song)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the heartbreaking book Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voight.
Irish Catholic Childhoods are Hard (Angela's Ashes)
his week, Amanda and Victoria discuss the memoir Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.
Unfortunately Apt War Allegory is a War Allegory
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Art Spiegelman's Maus and the Holocaust.
And Nothing Has Changed Since 1974
This week Amanda and Victoria are exhausted and discuss James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk.
A thinly veiled excuse to talk about Cruel Intentions (Dangerous Liaisons)
This week Amanda and Victoria decide to discuss Cruel Intentions instead of Dangerous Liaisons.
Button-Induced Trauma (Coraline)
This week Amanda and Tori unpack Neil Gaiman's Coraline, and a lot of childhood trauma in the process. Oh god, those button eyes.
Bet You're Pronouncing It Wrong (Eugene Onegin)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Alexander Puskin's Eugene Onegin and celebrate a delayed birthday month.
A Different Goddess in Every Port or Group Projects are a Nightmare (The Odyssey)
This week Amanda and Victoria tackle the Odyssey and the audacity.
The Amount of Descriptors Tax My Wits
You've waited. You've watched. BARON VON CHEESEPLATE RIDES AGAIN! This week Amanda, Victoria, and the Baron (aka Jason) return to discuss Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Really Close Friends, Roommates, Just So Close (Carmilla)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Carmilla by J. Sheridan le Fanu.
Spooky Incel Sh*t (Sleepy Hollow)
This week Amanda and Victoria go through Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Did you know Washington Irving was a George Washington Fanboy?
The Very Worst Suicide Squad Film (A Separate Peace)
This week Amanda and Victoria continue pain month with John Knowles' novel A Separate Peace. It is not peaceful.
Only Legal in Washington State (Equus)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the Peter Schaffer play Equus and question our life choices.
All Loud on the Eastern Back
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss World War 1 and The Erich Maria Remarque book All Quiet on the Western Front.
As mentioned in our content warning this week: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/hotline
I Am Not Feeling Good (Things Fall Apart)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.
Behold the Cathedral in Which I Grove My F***Bois (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
This week Amanda and Victoria go through the slog that is the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Amanda and Victoria's Retirement Plan (Arsenic and Old Lace)
Amanda and Victoria discuss the Joseph Kesselring play 'Arsenic and Old Lace' as well as women who kill, and black comedies.
Falling Into the Well of Self Loathing
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness for Pride Month, and immediately regret it.
Don’t Call My Name, Orlando
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Orlando by Virginia Woolf.
The Worst Pepsi Challenge
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and PTSD>
The House on Drama Street
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street.
Delusions of Grandeur are More Fun with a Friend (Don Quixote)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Don Quixote de La Mancha.
Just Another Victim of Capitalism (Death of a Salesman)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, as well as the death of the American dream and a bunch of other depressing things.
The Actual Definition of Witch Hunt (The Crucible)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the Crucible by Arthur Miller, and Victoria goes way down the rabbit hole of Communism and the HUAC.
Let's Record an Autopsy (Julius Caesar)
This week Amanda and Victoria dive into Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and celebrate about 1 year of the pandemic. Yeah, celebrate, okay...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Records Podcasts
This week we look at three poems by the late great Maya Angelou and rant. So, like the usual?
Spear and Sword in Harlem
This week Amanda and Victoria start off Black History month with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
All for One, and Evidently All for D’Artagnan, Mother F'er
Amanda and Victoria discuss Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers, and reference a lot of D'Jango Unchained.
Madame Will Do (Madame Bovary)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and avoid the text as much as possible.
Rejected Members of KISS
Today Victoria makes a huge mistake for her birthday month selection and she and Amanda discuss Faust. Note, we should not record late at night after a work day.
Thanks, It's The Murder (Phantom of the Opera)
This week Amanda and Victoria celebrate Victoria's Birthday month with Phantom of the Opera.
Why are Children saving the world...again?
This week Amanda, Victoria, and special guest Jason (aka Baron Von Cheeseplate) discuss the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Afrofuturism
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the dystopian (but extremely believable) novel by Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower.
2020 Halloween Spectacular
We celebrate Halloween with too much sweet red wine and Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire.
Rich White Man Gets Caught (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
This week Amanda and Victoria tackle the word of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, discuss some true crime inspirations, and tell you all about Robert Louis Stevenson.
No One Gets Flowers
This week Amanda and Victoria delve into the trauma that is Daniel Keyes' short story Flowers for Algernon.
I'm a Giver
This week we return (woo hoo) to finally discuss the Giver by Lois Lowry.
Forgery for Fun and Divorce (A Doll's House)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Henrik Ibsen's most performed play, A Doll's House.
Who Let the Hound Out
For Amanda's Birthday Month we start with the classic Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Oh...and we drink port
This week Amanda and Tori review the musical phenomena Rent, by watching the Christopher Columbus film and exploring the horrors of the AIDS Crisis.
Let’s F*** Off to France and Ignore Our Problems (Giovanni's Room)
This week we drink bourbon and ginger ale as we discuss the incredible author James Baldwin, Black Lives, and the LGBTQIA+ Community.
A Spy's Guide to Secret Childhood Trauma
This week, we discuss Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy in both its book and movie form. As always, this is not a child-friendly podcast.
Frog and Toad are Queer
Today we delve into the world of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books, along with Queer Theory.
A Hobbit is More Badass Than You
This week we discuss J.R.R. Tolkien (Toll Keen) and the Hobbit while discussing quarantine decisions and the hero's journey.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Quarantine recording is still going strong as Amanda and Victoria drink in the privacy of their separate homes and discuss a fan favorite.
Our Existential Crisis (The Stranger)
Amanda and Tori record remotely to show their support of Stay at Home protocol, drink what they want, and discuss Albert Camus' The Stranger.
Accidentally Aptly Timed (The Lord of the Flies)
Today we discuss William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the nature of fear, misinformation, and Navy Grog.
Are We Dead or Just Resting? (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
This week we sip Darjeeling Milk punch while discussing Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
To Read or Not To Read (is that even a question, Hamlet?)
This week, Amanda and Tori tackle the epic plat Hamlet by William Shakespeare. We drink a sweet poison, eat havardi, and the fight me bread comes back as we delve into the text.
Not-So-Quiet Aunt Jane (Pride and Prejudice)
This week we discuss the Jane Austen work Pride and Prejudice, while drinking a cocktail named in her honor and chowing down on scones while discussing class structure.
Withering Interest (Wuthering Heights)
This week we discuss the Emily Bronte novel Wuthering Heights and do our best not to go off the rails with discussing Heathcliff and sipping Lavender French 75's.
The 2019 Unfortunate Retrospective
We answer listener questions, share our biggest "ooops" moments and discuss our love for literature. Happy 2020, all.
Ambrose Bierce Crosses The Line (or a Bridge)
This week's episode is on the Ambrose Bierce short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." We drink a Brandy based cocktail and discuss why Bierce was known as "Bitter Bierce."
Only Women Get Punished for Sex (The Scarlet Letter)
We finish out Pain Month with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Claret Out of Spite (Ethan Frome)
Welcome to Pain Month! For our one year anniversary (yeah, we made it a year) each host has picked a book of loathing. This week we are discussing Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
Episode 22: It's Franken-Steen
This week we discuss Mary Shelley's genre changing work Frankenstein, while drinking a cocktail of the same name and discussing that weird party in Geneva. Bonus, there will be a video floating around of us doing this in Halloween costumes.
This week's episode focuses on Bram Stoker's Dracula. We drink sangria, eat Russian Hematoga bars, and much on Irish cheddar while discussing vampires, sexuality, and Abraham Stoker.
This is Not a Guide to Murdering Birds
This week we discuss Harper Lee's to Kill a Mockingbird, the controversy over Go Set a Watchman, drink whiskey, and discuss racism.
Romeo and Juliet is Not a Love Story
This week's episode focuses on the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet. We drink a rose, eat some awesome cheese, and talk about why this is probably not an appropriate play to hand off to hormonal teenager. Check our our show notes at UnfortunatelyRequiredReading.com.
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Listen Here
This week's episode focuses on Dante's Inferno. Join us as we discuss Italian politics, the Catholic Church, and drink a Chianti from a bottle wrapped in raffia.
The Real Hell is Ye Olde English- Paradise Lost
This week we discuss John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost. We drink a fire and iced tea, eat smokey cheese, and contemplate the sexy version of Satan that is very strange. Oh, and we complain about how long this poem is.
Friends Don't Let Friends Go Bohemian
On this episode we discuss the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and partake of a Corpse Reviver: part 2,.
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Anxiety Makes Terrible Murderers
As it's Amanda's birthday month, we are delighting in drinking Corpse Revivers while discussing Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, cousin love way too young, and thirst letters before Twitter was a thing.
Short Story: Rimbaud and Verlaine, Bad Boys of French Poetry
This week's short story rounds out Pride month with Amanda covering the two bad boys of French Poetry, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.
Much Ado About Sappho
This week's episode is dedicated to melancholy and ouzo as we discuss the works of the poet Sappho. Often maligned, never duplicated, Sappho is a little hard to pin down as quite a bit of her history has been lost or glossed over with satire.
Short Story: Goodnight Moon and Margaret Wise Brown
A quick look to celebrate Margaret Wise Brown.
Dorian Gray's Not-So Excellent Homoerotic Adventure (Now With Full Audio)
This episode does a dive into The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and features sipping champagne with ice cubes in it, witty banter, the Menger hotel, and odd facts about a fantastic icon.
The Pride Month Primer
Do you know the difference between pansexual and bisexual? Are you confused about what the heck Stonewall was? We provide you with a brief primer on terms on the LGBTQIA+ community.
Better than Lord of the Flies
This episode is focused on Toni Morrison's Sula. For this week, we drink a mocktail, discuss the difference between blackberries and nightshades, and finish out Toni Morrison month.
Episode 11: Slavery and Spiteful Ghosts
In which we discuss Toni Morrison's Beloved, drink the most painful red wine possible in honor of the color red, and eat cheese to try to deal with our lives.
Their Eyes Were Watching Halle Berry and the Case of the Missing Audio
Sooooo Anchor didn't upload our full audio. Here's the full episode with no ads, because you deserve it and we're sorry for technical difficulties.
Short Story: The Proletariat Comma
A brief argument about the Oxford Comma.
Our First Catastrophic Recording Failure
I'm sorry, so sorry.
A Short Story: Victoria Reads 50 Shades of Grey
You listened. We tortured Victoria.
Listen to Victoria read a few passages from 50 Shades of Grey while Amanda cackles in delight.
This is not a full episode, but a brief segment we like to refer to as one of our Short Stories.
Furry Mr. Nihilism
In which we discuss Grendel by John Gardner, relive the depressing goth days of our high school youth and decide we like mead without added pepper, thank you very much.
A Scandinavian Warrior Walks Into A Mead Hall
Today's episode is about the epic poem Beowulf, how much we love Mead, how terrible the 2007 movie version of this epic poem is, and Beowulf's mom, Sheila.
A Really Sh**ty Island Vacation
In which we discuss Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys, and the dangers of drinking only the rum layer of a Dark and Stormy.
In which we discuss Jane Eyre, sip port, and discuss the horror of a wife in the attic.
Victory Gin and Rats to the Face
In which we struggle to survive George Orwell's 1984 with a single shot of Victory Gin, quietly consume a cheese plate off mic, and tell you about The Spanish Civil War and British Colonialism.
That Time Being Gay Ruined a Perfectly Good Dinner
Episode 4 discusses Tennessee William's play The Glass Menagerie, while we sip Ramos Gin Fizzes and contemplate Southern parenting.