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 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 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 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 →

Contest Time!

We are feeling pretty chuffed about hitting 100 Facebook likes and want to help spread the word about the podcast. We are picking 5 winners for a contest from reviews written on Apple Podcasts. Winners will be selected 07/20/2019, so get your review in now. One Grand prize winner gets a mug and sticker. Four... Continue Reading →

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