Literary Leviathans

Literary Leviathans
Hunting the Great White Whales of Classic Literature Join brother and sister Timothy and Elizabeth Russell as we embark on a quest after the great works of literature! Like the mythic leviathan, these are stories so monstrous in scope and depth that to merely touch them is to be changed forever. In this podcast, we scratch the surface of some of the greatest stories ever written, and encourage you to do the same! Our topics range from short stories by Flannery O’Connor to plays by Shakespeare to romance novels by Jane Austen.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”
Oct 15 • 27 min
J.R.R. Tolkien launched the fantasy genre into popularity almost single-handedly, and it all started with this book. Join Tim and Elizabeth as they discuss some of the themes in this timeless and charming adventure story. Be Ye Warned: If you don’t know…
Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”
Oct 4 • 25 min
“It was a pleasure to burn.” One of the classics of dystopian fiction, Fahrenheit 451 has captured the hearts of book-lovers for generations. Now, Tim and Elizabeth discuss it on this podcast episode, which can never be burned up by Bradbury’s firemen,…
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince”
Sep 24 • 32 min
The Little Prince is one of our favorite books, and we’re super-excited for this episode! We discuss what makes the story so special, whether it’s written for children, and our impressions of the Netflix film inspired by the book. Be Ye Warned: Yes, we…
George Orwell’s “1984” & “Animal Farm”
Sep 10 • 39 min
Prepare to surrender your freedoms while Tim and Elizabeth compare George Orwell’s classic dystopian works, with a little bit of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” on the side. Be Ye Warned: Three for the price of one! Contains spoilers for 1984, Animal…
Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”
Aug 27 • 24 min
Elizabeth questions contemporary notions about the influences behind “Little Women”, including feminism and Louisa May Alcott’s father. Be Ye Warned: Listening to this podcast will reveal whether Jo and Laurie end up together, along with other…
T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”
Aug 20 • 27 min
Timothy and Elizabeth go on an epic journey through the quintessential modern poem, discussing Eliot’s sources and “The Waste Land’s” connection to the legend of the Holy Grail. Be Ye Warned: Contains spoilers … I guess. It’s a poem, people. If you care…
William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”
Aug 13 • 20 min
Timothy & Elizabeth discuss Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,” and reminisce about their experiences performing in the play during their college days. Be Ye Warned: Contains spoilers which reveal that Don John is a confirmed villain. Link to…
Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”
Aug 6 • 27 min
Pride and Prejudice may be the greatest romance novel ever written. Listen to hear Timothy’s reaction to reading it for the first time! Be ye warned: Contains spoilers to one of the most famous stories in the world. Link to the book on Goodreads Theme…
Flannery O’Connor’s “Parker’s Back”
Aug 6 • 22 min
Timothy & Elizabeth discuss “Parker’s Back”, another short story from Flannery O’Connor’s final collection, Everything That Rises Must Converge. Be ye warned: Spoilers included (no extra charge) Link to the book on Goodreads Theme Music: “Job Suite” by…
Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge”
Aug 6 • 30 min
Join Timothy and Elizabeth Russell as they dive into Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Everything That Rises Must Converge”! Be ye warned: Contains spoilers. Link to the book on Goodreads Theme Music: “Job Suite” by Michael Card. Used with permission.