Classics Considered



a voyage through classic literature

Empire and Extravagance - Reading Émile Zola - Episode 22

Monday, May 28, 2018

Today, we venture back to 19th-century Imperial France, in two vivid novels of Émile Zola: The Ladies' Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) and The Kill (La Curée).

Links / Further Reading:
Zoladdiction 2018 - FandaClassiclit blog

"Humanzees" and The Island of Doctor Moreau - Episode 21

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A magazine article provoked me to re-read H. G. Well's sci-fi horror classic, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Join my trip back in time as I talk about a Soviet scientist, a British author, and human-chimpanzee people.

Sources / Further Reading:
"It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids" by David Barash
Articles referencing Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov:
H. G. Wells's The New World Order
H. G. Wells vs. George Orwell (The Conversation)
"The Comprachicos" by John Kaiser (JSTOR)
"Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects" (New York Times)

Favorite Authors: Franz Kafka - Episode 20

Sunday, May 13, 2018

In this episode, I reminisce over the time I met Franz Kafka and my own "metamorphosis" as I discovered his Kafkaesque world.

Getting Older with Peter Pan - Episode 19

Sunday, May 6, 2018

We start off Season 2 with a journey to the Never Land - the dangerous yet dazzling world of Peter Pan, where even grownups can learn a thing or two.

Links / Further Reading:
J. M. Barrie's "Atrocious" Cricket Club
"The Adventure of the Two Collaborators"
"Perceptions of Childhood" - Reynolds, The British Library
"Wendy" song - Peter Pan Live!
Opening quote read by Will Ching (LibriVox)

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 and Malcolm Bradbury, in conversation (Interview, plus discussion of A Pale View of Hills)
"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