Unfortunately Required Reading

Unfortunately Required Reading

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Review and relive the books that made you cringe in school, but now with cocktails and sass. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support


Forgery for Fun and Divorce (A Doll’s House)
Jul 25 • 98 min
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Henrik Ibsen’s most performed play, A Doll’s House. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Who Let the Hound Out
Jul 11 • 114 min
For Amanda’s Birthday Month we start with the classic Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Oh…and we drink port —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
‘Rent’ Control
Jun 28 • 107 min
This week Amanda and Tori review the musical phenomena Rent, by watching the Christopher Columbus film and exploring the horrors of the AIDS Crisis. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Let’s F*** Off to France and Ignore Our Problems (Giovanni’s Room)
Jun 13 • 89 min
This week we drink bourbon and ginger ale as we discuss the incredible author James Baldwin, Black Lives, and the LGBTQIA+ Community. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
A Spy’s Guide to Secret Childhood Trauma
May 30 • 80 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Frog and Toad are Queer
May 16 • 69 min
Today we delve into the world of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books, along with Queer Theory. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
A Hobbit is More Badass Than You
Apr 18 • 85 min
This week we discuss J.R.R. Tolkien (Toll Keen) and the Hobbit while discussing quarantine decisions and the hero’s journey. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Apr 4 • 62 min
Quarantine recording is still going strong as Amanda and Victoria drink in the privacy of their separate homes and discuss a fan favorite. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Our Existential Crisis (The Stranger)
Mar 28 • 91 min
Amanda and Tori record remotely to show their support of Stay at Home protocol, drink what they want, and discuss Albert Camus’ The Stranger. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Accidentally Aptly Timed (The Lord of the Flies)
Mar 14 • 72 min
Today we discuss William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the nature of fear, misinformation, and Navy Grog. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Are We Dead or Just Resting? (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
Feb 29 • 73 min
This week we sip Darjeeling Milk punch while discussing Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
To Read or Not To Read (is that even a question, Hamlet?)
Feb 15 • 63 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Not-So-Quiet Aunt Jane (Pride and Prejudice)
Jan 26 • 76 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Withering Interest (Wuthering Heights)
Jan 11 • 71 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
The 2019 Unfortunate Retrospective
Dec 31, 2019 • 62 min
We answer listener questions, share our biggest “ooops” moments and discuss our love for literature. Happy 2020, all. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Ambrose Bierce Crosses The Line (or a Bridge)
Dec 15, 2019 • 59 min
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.” —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Only Women Get Punished for Sex (The Scarlet Letter)
Nov 16, 2019 • 80 min
We finish out Pain Month with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Claret Out of Spite (Ethan Frome)
Nov 2, 2019 • 63 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Episode 22: It’s Franken-Steen
Oct 26, 2019 • 62 min
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. —- Support…
Drunkula (Dracula)
Oct 5, 2019 • 104 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
This is Not a Guide to Murdering Birds
Sep 21, 2019 • 74 min
This week we discuss Harper Lee’s to Kill a Mockingbird, the controversy over Go Set a Watchman, drink whiskey, and discuss racism. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Romeo and Juliet is Not a Love Story
Sep 7, 2019 • 72 min
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…
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Listen Here
Aug 24, 2019 • 78 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
The Real Hell is Ye Olde English- Paradise Lost
Aug 10, 2019 • 70 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Bohemian
Jul 27, 2019 • 72 min
On this episode we discuss the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and partake of a Corpse Reviver: part 2,. For show notes and more details, visit UnfortunatelyRequiredReading.com —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Anxiety Makes Terrible Murderers
Jul 6, 2019 • 75 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Short Story: Rimbaud and Verlaine, Bad Boys of French Poetry
Jun 22, 2019 • 9 min
This week’s short story rounds out Pride month with Amanda covering the two bad boys of French Poetry, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Much Ado About Sappho
Jun 15, 2019 • 67 min
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. —- Support…
Short Story: Goodnight Moon and Margaret Wise Brown
Jun 10, 2019 • 2 min
A quick look to celebrate Margaret Wise Brown. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Dorian Gray’s Not-So Excellent Homoerotic Adventure (Now With Full Audio)
Jun 2, 2019 • 67 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
The Pride Month Primer
Jun 1, 2019 • 25 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Better than Lord of the Flies
May 18, 2019 • 47 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Episode 11: Slavery and Spiteful Ghosts
May 5, 2019 • 61 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Their Eyes Were Watching Halle Berry and the Case of the Missing Audio
Apr 23, 2019 • 52 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Short Story: The Proletariat Comma
Apr 7, 2019 • 7 min
A brief argument about the Oxford Comma. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Our First Catastrophic Recording Failure
Apr 7, 2019 • 0 min
I’m sorry, so sorry. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
A Short Story: Victoria Reads 50 Shades of Grey
Mar 23, 2019 • 5 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Furry Mr. Nihilism
Mar 16, 2019 • 45 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
A Scandinavian Warrior Walks Into A Mead Hall
Mar 2, 2019 • 80 min
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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
A Really Sh**ty Island Vacation
Feb 16, 2019 • 63 min
In which we discuss Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys, and the dangers of drinking only the rum layer of a Dark and Stormy. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Eyre BnB
Feb 10, 2019 • 55 min
In which we discuss Jane Eyre, sip port, and discuss the horror of a wife in the attic. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Victory Gin and Rats to the Face
Jan 19, 2019 • 47 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
That Time Being Gay Ruined a Perfectly Good Dinner
Jan 5, 2019 • 53 min
Episode 4 discusses Tennessee William’s play The Glass Menagerie, while we sip Ramos Gin Fizzes and contemplate Southern parenting. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
The Toxic Masculinity Also Rises
Dec 15, 2018 • 67 min
In which we drink absinthe, help you write your paper on The Sun Also Rises by telling you about Paris and Spain as characters, and discuss Hemingway and the original tell-all novel. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
The Not-So-Great Gatsby
Nov 17, 2018 • 53 min
In which we analyze not only Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, but also help every AP English student required to write a paper on the book. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support
Episode One: Watership Man Down
Nov 3, 2018 • 35 min
Welcome to the first episode of Unfortunately Required Reading. We learn Lapine and drink the cocktail Watership Down as we discuss the Richard Adams book of the same name. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/support