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 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 →

Episode 69: The Amount of Descriptors Tax My Wits (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)

You've waited. You've watched. BARON VON CHEESEPLATE RIDES AGAIN! This week Amanda, Victoria, and the Baron (aka Jason) return to discuss Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Amount-of-Descriptors-Tax-My-Wits-e19sgjm To Drink Along: Mead. You remember how drunk we get with Mead. I'm sorry. (Also Victoria is doing her darndest to learn how to... Continue Reading →

Episode 68: Really Close Friends, Roommates, Just So Close (Carmilla)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Carmilla by J. Sheridan le Fanu. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Really-Close-Friends--Roommates--Just-So-Close-Carmilla-e19hp2l To Drink Along: Sparkling red wine, or something dramatic and extra gay. Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheridan_Le_Fanu https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Orpen https://www.litcharts.com/lit/carmilla/summary https://youtu.be/3uPd3g5wi1A https://youtu.be/9WL4tjDbPbM https://youtu.be/yqfjV-ewZ2A

Episode 67: Spooky Incel Sh*t (Sleepy Hollow)

This week Amanda and Victoria go through Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Did you know Washington Irving was a George Washington Fanboy? https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Spooky-Incel-Sht-Sleepy-Hollow-e18snv0 What we're drinking: Either grab a cinnamon creme liquor or make your own pumpkin spice kind here: https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/pumpkin-spice-liqueur-recipe Resources: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B000LGOPW2/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Sleepy_Hollow https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00SI02DZ4&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_BXN3STQRHQMYSG3VABZN https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_(soldie Willing and fable podcast - Ep 61... Continue Reading →

Episode 66: The Very Worst Suicide Squad Film (A Separate Peace)

This week Amanda and Victoria read John Knowles' A Separate Peace for pain month. If you want to help support Amanda in her self-soothing against the guinea pig stans, you can get your merch from her store here. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Very-Worst-Suicide-Squad-Film-A-Separate-Peace-e17hpkr To Drink Along: Pour your booze in a coffee cup. Resources: https://youtu.be/kbPBjPCA-gQ My... Continue Reading →

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