Annotated

Annotated

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An audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
#6: Love, Punctuation, and the Oxford Comma
Sep 13 • 22 min
In this episode, an investigation of the Oxford comma that starts, improbably, with a love story. This episode is sponsored by: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt You can keep up with…
#5: The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction
Aug 23 • 20 min
In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction. This episode is sponsored by: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Seeing Red by…
#4: The United States V. One Book Called “Ulysses”
Aug 9 • 20 min
In this episode, the story of how an unlikely cast of characters brought James Joyce’s Ulysses to America, got it legalized, and changed how we understand what literature can do. This episode is sponsored by: You Don’t Have to Say You…
#3: The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian
Jul 26 • 23 min
In this episode: the life of Belle da Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that would have ended her career.
#2: How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?
Jul 13 • 20 min
In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop…and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue?…
#1: Is It 1984 Yet?
Jun 28 • 24 min
In this inaugural episode, we consider the resurgence of interest in George Orwell’s 1984, and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place. This episode is sponsored by: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken Gather the…
Annotated Ep. #0: Introducing Annotated
Jun 21 • 4 min
This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Annotated, Book Riot’s new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language. Episode 1 will be released June 29th and explore the history and continuing influence of George Orwell’s…