Episode 95: The Return of Two Host One Mic (The Secret Garden)

Amanda and Victoria FINALLY get to record together in person for the first-time in....almost three years? ¬†Welcome back with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We discuss ableism, rest cures, and the garden metaphor. To listen along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Return-of-Two-Host-One-Mic-The-Secret-Garden-e1tqfdi To drink along: https://www.bombaysapphire.com/gin-cocktails/the-secret-english-garden Also, have a nice bit of English cheddar and peasant bread. Resources:... Continue Reading →

Episode 94: A Thinly Veiled Cult Metaphor? (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

This week Amanda and Victoria read a book that managed to break Victoria, Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To Drink Along: Make a Seabreeze, aka a Capecoder; the favorite drink of drag queens. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/A-Thinly-Veiled-Cult-Metaphor--Jonathan-Livingston-Seagull-e1t6r75 Resources: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Wikipedia Richard Bach - Wikipedia

Episode 93: Cottage Core White Girl Fantasies (The Witch of Blackbird Pond)

Amanda and Victoria discuss The Witch of Blackbird Pond and why Kit definitely would have been found guilty of witchcraft in Connecticut. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Cottage-Core-White-Girl-Fantasies-The-Witch-of-Blackbird-Pond-e1seeaj To Drink Along: Hard Cider Resources: The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Study Guide | SparkNotes Elizabeth George Speare Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of 'The... Continue Reading →

Episode 92: Being a Mermaid is Just One Giant Metaphor, Isn’t It? (Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the uncomfortable dating history of Hans Christan Andersen. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Being-a-Mermaid-is-Just-One-Giant-Metaphor--Isnt-It--Hans-Christian-Andersens-The-Little-Mermaid-e1s2m1e To Drink Along: Make a Hot Toddy, leave it downstairs and realize you are too sick to make a second trip downstairs. Resources: Hans Christian Andersen - Wikipedia The Little Mermaid - Wikipedia How Hans Christian Andersen... Continue Reading →

Episode 91: Do Androids Dream of Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)

This week Amanda and Victoria read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, the book that was adapted loosely into Blade Runner. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Do-Androids-Dream-of-Dick--Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep-e1r149k To Drink Along: I don't know, grab a White Claw or something. Resources: Philip K. Dick - Wikipedia Top 10 Philip K Dick Adaptations - YouTube... Continue Reading →

Episode 90: So You’re Saying I Can Dodge? (Neuromancer)

This week Amanda, Victoria, and special guest Baron Von Cheeseplate discuss William Gibson's Neuromancer. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/So-Youre-Saying-I-Can-Dodge--Neuromancer-e1qa9mq To Drink Along: The Gibson Martini https://www.liquor.com/recipes/gibson/ Resources: https://www.britannica.com/biography/William-Gibson-American-Canadian-author https://youtu.be/3YNku5FKWjw https://youtu.be/cipxlzjiY6g Neuromancer by William Gibson Plot Summary | LitCharts https://youtu.be/S89BHnaxULo https://youtu.be/sttm8Q9rOdQ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0011EQBOS/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0094K35S6/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B0094M18O2/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r

Episode 89: Trauma All the Way Down (The Haunting of Hill House)

This week Amanda and Victoria cover spooky season with Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House. To listen along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Trauma-All-the-Way-Down-The-Haunting-of-Hill-House-e1plelo To drink along: Listen, we stuck with water this time, but feel free to go wild. Resources: The Haunting of Hill House - Wikipedia https://youtu.be/oZwJEUN6Rnk Shirley Jackson, a Rather Haunted Life:   Shirley Jackson:... Continue Reading →

Episode 88: It Was a Monkey? (Murders in the Rue Morgue)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe for Spooky Season. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Episode-88-It-Was-a-Monkey--Murders-in-the-Rue-Morgue-e1ovufi To Drink Along: Port, or a bottle of sweet red from Barefoot Bubbly. Resources: Image by Audrey Bearsley from the Wikipedia Article https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/poestories/section5/ https://www.imdb.com/video/vi2885010201/?playlistId=tt0023249?ref_=ext_shr_lnk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Murders_in_the_Rue_Morgue#:~:text=%22%20The%20Murders%20in%20the%20Rue%20Morgue%20%22,mystery%20of%20the%20brutal%20murder%20of%20two%20women.

Episode 87: These are the MF Jokes (Oedipus Rex)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Sophocles' work Oedipus Rex (aka Oedipus the King) and make surprisingly few jokes about incest. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/These-are-the-MF-Jokes-Oedipus-Rex-e1oaffc To Drink Along: Irish Coffee, energy drinks, maybe red wine? Resources: Sophocles - Wikipedia Tiresias - Wikipedia https://www.sparknotes.com/drama/oedipus/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj7R36s4dbM Harold Bloom edition https://youtu.be/aQAXMyAnWuk

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