Episode 81: Getting Dragged by Gods and Gays (The Iliad)

Happy Pride! This week Amanda and Victoria discuss The Iliad and go in depth on Gods and fanfiction. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Getting-Dragged-by-Gods-the-Iliad-e1k4pu7 To drink along: Grab the Ouzo or your favorite drink supporting the Pride Season. Resources: https://youtu.be/RxEX3OE824k https://youtu.be/ZNeWYMvWYwk Achilles and Patroclus - Wikipedia https://youtu.be/fiY2UHAgTJo https://youtu.be/8THdRT_RbPw Was Achilles Gay? | An Interview with Madeline Miller... Continue Reading →

Episode 80: nolite te bastardes carborundorum (The Handmaid’s Tale

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and despair. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/nolite-te-bastardes-carborundorum-The-Handmaids-Tale-e1j6ra2 To Drink Along: Drop some rum in your coffee or some vodka in your redbull. Resources: The Handmaid's Tale: Full Book Summary | SparkNotes http://margaretatwood.ca/biography/ http://margaretatwood.ca/full-bibliography-2/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color... Continue Reading →

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 →

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