Episode 46: 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. To Listen Along: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4nyLXnks5HZw1WKFG7BUKw?si=G9L2CVYbQtexugD6XbWKvA To Drink Along: Mix gingerale and gin together. Or, grab an Austin Eastcider Texas Honey Cider. Resources: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/wrinkle/summary/ The Ava DuVernay film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeleine_L'Engle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIFmuIsjGME&ab_channel=LibraryofAmerica

Episode 45: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Afrofuturism

This week we discuss Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Hitchhikers-Guide-to-Afrofuturism-emg36d To Drink Along: This week is house choice. Enjoy your choice of Hendrick's Gin, or cheap vodka. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iVGuMyKFgA&ab_channel=CrashCourse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6YI8lsjJJA&ab_channel=TED-Ed https://www.litcharts.com/lit/the-parable-of-the-sower/summary

Episode 44: Halloween Spectacular

This week (to Victoria's delight and Amanda's chagrin) we discuss Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. To Listen Along: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2MkqP65RN1fwXFn3yZuxUU OR Watch Along: https://youtu.be/nqt4VTHOMpI To Drink Along: Grab a bottle of sweet red. Put in a nice glass or goblet. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interview_with_the_Vampire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Rice Interview with the Vampire fim 1994 Prisim of the Night: A Biography... Continue Reading →

Episode 43: The Rich White Man Gets Caught for Once (Jekyll and Hyde)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Rich-White-Man-Gets-Caught-Dr--Jekyll-and-Mr--Hyde-el70ok To Drink Along: This week its home choice, which means Amanda is drinking vanilla bourbon in Dr. Pepper, and Victoria had a shot of Fireball in Diet Coke. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Wells https://www.theglassscientists.com/ https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jekyll/themes/ Dark... Continue Reading →

Episode 42: No One Gets Flowers

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the often hidden and banned short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. You can read if for free here: https://www.sdfo.org/gj/stories/flowersforalgernon.pdf To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/No-One-Gets-Flowers-ejspc0 To Eat and Drink Along: Grab a cup of your favorite juice, and a cheese to share with your lab mouse friend. Resources: https://youtu.be/9xTz3QjcloI... Continue Reading →

Episode 40: Forgery for Fun and Divorce (A Doll’s House)

This week we discuss A Doll's House (in other countries translated as Dollhouse) by Henrik Ibsen. To Listen Along:https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Forgery-for-Fun-and-Divorce-A-Dolls-House-eh824i/a-a1pucja To Drink Along: This week Victoria made coconut macaroons based off of a recipe she found on Pinterest.  Amanda accompanied the cookies they hate the most with a sweet Riesling. Victoria chose a Merlot. Thanks to... Continue Reading →

Episode 37: Let’s F*** Off to France and Ignore Our Problems (Giovanni’s Room)

This week we discuss the LGBT novel Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Yeah, that James Baldwin. The Civil Rights/Gay Rights/AIDS activist James Baldwin. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Lets-F-Off-to-France-and-Ignore-Our-Problems-Giovannis-Room-efcktb To Drink Along: Bourbon and Ginger Bourbon Ginger Ale Lime In a glass of ice, pour enough bourbon to your liking (and honestly right now we won't judge... Continue Reading →

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