Episode 79: 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. CONGRATS TO BARON VON CHEESEPLATE ON COMPLETING YOUR MASTERS DEGREE! To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Another-Robbie-Burns-Inspired-Book-Of-Mice-and-Men-e1ihglf To Drink Along: Grab a mini bottle of proseco and drink directly from it. Stuff your face with tortillas.... Continue Reading →

Episode 78: 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. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Like-Ducks-on-a-Frozen-Pond-Catcher-in-the-Rye-e1himli To Drink Along: Rye Whiskey. Drink it neat or put in a mixer, preferably angst. Resources: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/catcher/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger The Private War Of J.D.... Continue Reading →

Episode 77: Being an Adult at 13 Sucks (Dicey’s Song)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the heartbreaking book Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voight. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Being-an-Adult-at-13-Sucks-Diceys-Song-e1guhs9 https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Being-an-Adult-at-13-Sucks-Diceys-Song-e1guhs9 Resources: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/diceyssong/summary/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Voigt https://www.cynthiavoigt.com/ https://youtu.be/4dh2pTOK6Do

Episode 76: Irish Catholic Childhoods are Hard

This week, Amanda and Victoria discuss the memoir Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Irish-Catholic-Childhoods-are-Hard-Angelas-Ashes-e1ga4gl To Drink Along: Grab a Guinness, a whiskey, bread, tea, and your tears. Resources: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/angelasashes/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B009DYNAKG/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_McCourt https://youtu.be/SskmdYBkNs4 https://youtu.be/Yr4pVemhatk https://youtu.be/gTyPRnoKe_A

Episode 75: Unfortunately Apt War Allegory is a War Allegory (Maus)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus. To listen along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Unfortunately-Apt-War-Allegory-is-a-War-Allegory-e1fkglu To drink along: Drop a shot of Jaeger into your coffee. Sob openly. Resources: Maus: A Survivor's Tale: Plot Overview | SparkNotes Art Spiegelman - Wikipedia The Fight Over ‘Maus’ Is Part of a Bigger Cultural Battle in Tennessee -... Continue Reading →

Episode 74: And Nothing Has Changed Since 1974

This week Amanda and Victoria are exhausted and discuss James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. Join us in donating to the Innocence Project: https://innocenceproject.org/ For a refresher on James Baldwin: https://unfortunatelyrequiredreading.com/2020/06/13/episode-37-lets-f-off-to-france-and-ignore-our-problems-giovannis-room/ To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/And-Nothing-Has-Changed-Since-1974-e1ekk1n To Drink Along: https://www.redbubble.com/i/sticker/White-Tears-by-UnfortunatelyRR/41292871.EJUG5 Resources: Watch If Beale Street Could Talk Streaming Online | Hulu (Free Trial) If Beale... Continue Reading →

Episode 72: 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. To listen along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/A-thinly-veiled-excuse-to-talk-about-Cruel-Intentions-Dangerous-Liaisons-e1dut09 To drink along: CHAMPAGNE! Resources: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Pierre-Choderlos-de-Laclos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Choderlos_de_Laclos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Liaisons_dangereuses https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139134/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/cruel-intentions-cocaine-cross-necklace-kathryn http://cruelintentionsnecklaces.com/ https://www.oldwestburygardens.org/ https://youtu.be/1Ec6KsB67vI https://youtu.be/s6MwGeOm8iI https://www.befinch.com/

Episode 73: 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. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Button-Induced-Trauma-Coraline-e1dagnl To drink/eat along: Lunchables, microwave pizzas, chocolate milk or juice (with or without booze). Resources: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B0070XB0N6&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_P9A4BXM8ADPH7S8SR2B0 Coraline - Wikipedia https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B089DVQSNN/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r The other mother | Books | The Guardian... Continue Reading →

Episode 71: Bet You You’re Pronouncing it Wrong (Eugene Onegin)

Due to a slightly more chaotic than usual December, Victoria's birthday month choices have been moved to January. This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Alexander Pushkin's classic Eugene Onegin. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Bet-Youre-Pronouncing-It-Wrong-Eugene-Onegin-e1cmas5 To Drink Along: Vodka. Duh. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Onegin Pronounce Names.com  https://youtu.be/G_LYnkUb0v8 https://youtu.be/9qU545HpVGU https://youtu.be/n1Crz87zAfI https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/literary-cafe https://www.britannica.com/biography/Aleksandr-Sergeyevich-Pushkin https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/alexander-pushkin https://www.notablebiographies.com/Pe-Pu/Pushkin-Aleksandr.html

Episode 70: 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. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/A-Different-Goddess-in-Every-Port-or-Group-Projects-are-a-Nightmare-The-Odyssey-e1ateof To Drink Along: Still have ouzo from our episode on Sappho? That or dark wine are more than acceptable. Io Dionysus. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus-eaters https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nekyia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer https://youtu.be/6AdDd73Amhs https://youtu.be/8Z9FQxcCAZ0 https://bakerp2004.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/references-to-homers-odyssey-in-popular-culture/ https://www.amazon.com/Pandoras-Jar-Women-Greek-Myths/dp/0063139464/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1628532917&sr=8-2 https://youtu.be/xF3gVMM8RZI https://youtu.be/kVRzYyRWy9s https://youtu.be/CVo225pUaSA https://youtu.be/qf3XrZW2o4I https://youtu.be/A-3rHQ70Pag https://youtu.be/MS4jk5kavy4 https://youtu.be/ptiDb5fALNQ https://youtu.be/kfxXPhKuMUA https://youtu.be/FXpRxzmawjw https://youtu.be/Hx5ZlTyzU-k... Continue Reading →

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