End of Season 1 - Taking a Short Break

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hi all!  This is just a note to announce I am wrapping up Season 1 of Classics Considered and taking a little break.

Over three months, our auditory "voyage" has spanned a variety of topics, from dystopia to historical fiction and from reviews to not-so-rhetorical questions.  Thanks to all who have been listening along the way!  I've enjoyed sharing books I like and some I didn't, and it's been lots of good fun, technical difficulties included.

In April, I plan to release one or two special episodes, so please stay tuned for that.  Otherwise, watch for Season 2 the first Monday in May, which will hopefully - like every good TV series - exceed Season 1 in quality and entertainment educational value.

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What Is a Classic? - Kazuo Ishiguro's A Pale View of Hills - Episode 18

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Classic" - this word holds so much weight, yet what does it really mean?  Today we discover Kazuo Ishiguro's novel A Pale View of Hills and examine the different facets of what makes a classic book.

Sources / Further Reading:
"The Definition of a Classic in Literature" by Esther Lombardi
"In Literature, What Makes a Classic?" (NPR)
"Kazuo Ishiguro becomes Nagasaki honorary resident" (NHK)
The Buried Giant - My thoughts

Finding Alice: From Wonderland to Looking-Glass - Episode 17

Sunday, March 11, 2018

What makes Alice in Wonderland a beloved classic?  This week, I review one of my childhood favorites and some of its creative film adaptations.

Links Mentioned:
"Pig and Pepper" - Disney concept
"In a World of My Own" - Diana Panton 

Reading Classics on a Budget - Episode 16

Sunday, March 4, 2018

My goodness, I repeated myself quite a bit in this one...  Well, I got very excited about this week's topic - buying books (and saving money)!

Links Mentioned / Resources:

Budget Paperbacks:
Wordsworth Classics - also on Amazon
Dover Thrift Editions
Barnes and Noble Classics - also on Amazon

Free Ebooks:
The Literature Network
Project Gutenberg
Lithium - EPUB reader - Forgot to mention this in the episode, but I've just recently started using this app for Gutenberg .epub books on my Android tablet.  It has note-taking, highlighting, and bookmarking features like a dedicated e-reader, which really brings Gutenberg .epubs to a whole new level!
Internet Archive

Free Audiobooks:
Basil Rathbone reads "The City in the Sea" by Edgar Allan Poe 

Liberty: Ayn Rand vs. Truman Capote - Episode 15

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Two runaways, two worlds, and the pursuit of freedom.  This week's episode covers Anthem and Breakfast at Tiffany's, two American classics with surprising similarities.

Sources / Further Reading:
Biography of Ayn Rand (Gale)
Biography of Ayn Rand (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Biography of Truman Capote (Encyclopedia Britannica)
"The Legendary Friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote"
About Truman Capote (PBS)

Embers - A Hungarian Classic - Episode 14

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Our journey leads us to a castle in Hungary and Sándor Márai's short but stirring novel, Embers. History takes center stage in the life of the old General, who wakes up one day to take revenge on the man that haunted him for forty-one years.

Sources / Further Reading:
Biography of Sándor Márai (San Diego House of Hungary)
Biography of Sándor Márai (Random House)
Biography of Sándor Márai (Wikipedia)

Classic Literature at the Movies - Episode 13

Monday, February 12, 2018

Great books can make great movies (and, in some cases, better ones).  This week's topic features some of my favorite costume dramas inspired by classics.

Editor's note: In my excitement and haste, it seems I mispronounced Wodehouse's name and called videos VCRs... whoops!  (Oh, and The Young Victoria was 2009, not 2012.  Time does fly.)

The Questions:
  1. First literary drama miniseries you ever watched?
  2. Last literary drama you watched?
  3. What media forms do you prefer to use when watching period dramas (i.e. purchased DVDs, rented/borrowed DVDs, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu)?
  4. Favorite literary drama soundtrack(s)?
  5. Favorite literary musical?
  6. Literary drama you'd recommend to anyone?
  7. If you could have a new adaptation of your favorite classic book, what would it be and who would star?
  8. A favorite pair of literary drama friends?
  9. A favorite pair of literary drama enemies?
  10. Movies or miniseries with the best costumes?
Where I found the questions:
Old-Fashioned Charm (1, 2, 3)
The Madd Rose (questions also from Old-Fashioned Charm's Period Drama Challenge)
Formidable Courage