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CraftLit is—Annotated Audiobooks for Busy People Love the classics (or wish you did) *** No time to pick up a book? Not any more! *** This weekly annotated audiobook podcast presents curated classic literature in a serialized format. The host—Heather Ordover—"teaches to the joke" by filling in any relevant tidbits before listening to the next chapter of the book. *** Callers regularly send in voicemail comments for play on the air to keep the "book club" vibe going. *** The podcast has been ...
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Join brother and sister T. S. Russell and Elizabeth Bernadette as we embark on a quest after the great works of literature! Like the mythic leviathan, these are stories so monstrous in scope and depth that to merely touch them is to be changed forever. Our topics range from short stories by Flannery O’Connor to plays by Shakespeare to romance novels by Jane Austen. Cover Art: Moby Dick by Culpeo-Fox. Used with permission. Theme Music: "Job Suite" by Michael Card. Used with permission.
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Where rhyme gets its reason!In a historical survey of English literature, I take a personal and philosophical approach to the major texts of the tradition in order to not only situate the poems, prose, and plays in their own contexts, but also to show their relevance to our own. This show is for the general listener: as a teacher of high school literature and philosophy, I am less than a scholar but more than a buff. I hope to edify and entertain!
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Ep. 661: Mildred | Chapters 26 / Volume 2, Chapter 8 Book talk begins at 10:04. Emma's agenda for today: Chat with Frank. Play the piano. Shut down the idea of Knightley having the hots for Jane. --------------------------------------------------------------- • • • • • • • • Pg 127 of the book • • • Mildred! • Time is running out! Join our June raf…
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Send us a Text Message. We'll finish our look at Ben Jonson's comedies today with perhaps his most well-regarded efforts: Volpone, or The Fox and The Alchemist. Additional music: "In Town Tonight" by Eric Coates, perf. Reginald Dixon. From the Internet Archive. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google…
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Ep. 660: The Franky Doth Protest Too Much | Chapters 24-25 / Volume 2, Chapters 6-7 Book talk begins at 9:08. --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our June raffle giveaway of the ! • CraftLit’s socials: • Find everything here: • Join the newsletter: • Podcast site: • Facebook: • Facebook group: • Pinterest: • TikTo…
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Ep. 659: But Have You Tried Yoga? | Chapters 22-23 / Volume 2, Chapters 4-5 Book talk begins at 12:17. This is some of the snarkiest Jane Austen writing we've seen—and that says a lot. In this episode, we enjoy two chapters worth of just snark and sass about Mr. Elton and his new wife (who isn't Harriet!). ------------------------------------------…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, I look askance at two plays by Ben Jonson, whom many see (not me, though) as the greatest English playwright bar Shakespeare: Every Man In His Humour and Every Man Out of His Humour. These have become the paradigmatic examples of the 17th century "comedy of humours." Thank you to the Internet Archive for providing pub…
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Ep. 658: Huswifs | Chapters 19-21 / Volume 2, Chapters 1-3 Book talk begins at 11:35. This week, we chat with a woman who talks in hilariously long, winding sentences, often interrupting herself and losing her train of thought. Oh, and her niece—with a heartwarming backstory—joins us too! ------------------------------------------------------------…
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Ep. 657: Miasmic Book talk begins at 14:31. Emma attempts damage control while Mr. Knightley’s prejudice against a particular stranger surprises our heroine. --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our raffle giveaway of and visit Aimee's shop . • IS for sale at Etsy. • Map showing the location of Weymouth • Jane Aust…
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Send us a Text Message. Today, we take a historical survey of the Bible in English, from early partial translations and paraphrases in the 7th century through the magnificence of King James I's Authorized Version of 1611. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Ema…
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Ep. 656: Sampled Book talk begins at 14:31. John Knightley complains about the cold while Mr. Elton does something surprising. 😨 • Join our raffle giveaway of and visit Aimee's shop . • Clip from When you watch the know that the actors are: —Samuel West (SO good right now in the Slow Horses series), —Eleanor Tomlinson (who—after this—played a marve…
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Ep. 655: Brick Book talk begins at 15:02. Fainting fits, Mr. Woodhouse’s quirks and whims, and a cure-all remedy? All in this week’s episode! (And Belated Happy Birthday to Heather! 😁 — Valkyrie and Erik) --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our raffle giveaway of • Brick Pics • Map • Bags and fabric from Auntie Ch…
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Send us a Text Message. Today we look at Aemelia Lanyer's pioneering and influential work, "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women" from 1611's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Insta…
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Ep. 654: Speed Bumps Book talk begins at 8:41. We hit Emma's famous "I need not marry" speech that you see in every adaptation of Emma! And when it comes to making moves with Harriet, Elton moves at a snail's pace. But Emma persists and is determined to make this match a reality, despite having little interest in getting married herself. ----------…
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Ep. 653: I’ve Been Sandersoned Book talk begins at 4:34. Today is a standalone chapter! Covering commonplace books, enigmas, and riddles. This may be one of the only chapters in Emma where I actually feel sorry for Elton. --------------------------------------------------------------- • Last chance to join our raffle giveaway of • • • • • • • Riddl…
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Send us a Text Message. For our final episode focusing on Shakespeare, we look at his sonnets, arguably the most famous collection of lyric poems in the language. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! Email: classicenglishliterature@gmail.com Follow me on Instagr…
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Ep. 652: Valid, But Not Sound Book talk begins at 9:54. Emma does a lot of Emma-ing. Her arguments are valid and shared with great conviction, but are they true? --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join our raffle giveaway of • Join our Howl’s Moving Castle book party on April 25, 2024 by becoming a or joining us on Yo…
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Ep. 651: Confirmation Bias Book talk begins at 8:16 Emma's matchmaking prowess is in full swing! Will her plans for Harriet end in a fairytale ending, or is disaster lurking just around the corner? And who is this guy named Frank? --------------------------------------------------------------- • Join the raffle giveaway of • • • T • • CraftLit’s so…
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Send us a Text Message. For our (probably) final episode on Shakespeare's plays, we sail through The Tempest, a late romance which has attracted historical and psychoanalytical interpretations, but stands out for many readers as perhaps a play in which a version of Shakespeare himself appears as the protagonist. Audio clip from The Tempest ; 2004 N…
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Ep. 650: In Memoriam Book talk begins @ 15:34 Time to meet our delightful and bubbly (did we also mention meddlesome?) protagonist! --------------------------------------------------------------- • This month’s giveaway: • • Plum Deluxe Loose Leaf Tea on | • • • • • • • • --------------------------------------------------------------- CraftLit’s so…
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Send us a Text Message. To mark the Easter holiday, we return to George Herbert, Jacobean poet and priest, and his most famous work, the pattern poem "Easter Wings." Here's a link to an image of the poem: https://clinicalpsychreading.blogspot.com/2016/03/easter-wings-george-herbert-15931633.html Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate th…
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We are finally back! 🥳 But before we dive into all things Emma, we're peeking behind the curtain today to discover all the juicy stuff to better understand Jane Austen’s world when she wrote Emma. Buckle up, because this is going to be one heck of a ride. --------------------------------------------------------------- • This month’s giveaways: • My…
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Send us a Text Message. While most people know Shakespeare as a playwright, he saw himself as a poet in the quite traditional sense. Today, we'll look at his two major narrative poems: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. clip from "Mrs. Robinson" by Paul Simon; perf. by Simon and Garfunkel. 1968. Taken from We Got Good at It: A Wrecking Crew …
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Send us a Text Message. The Tragedy of King Lear, while considered by many as Shakespeare's greatest play, is also his most devastating. In this episode, we consider what Lear has to say about the meaning of human suffering. Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or wherever you listen. Thank you! …
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Ep. 648: I'm Going to Have a Drink! Book talk begins @ 08:02 It's the end of the end! Thank you everyone for listening to The Three Musketeers with us. January Postcards The Last Homely House - The pencil pouch Heather's Bag with folded bindings Here's the origin of today's title: CraftLit Bulletin Board CraftLit in Denmark and Sweden Tour (May 20-…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we look at how our current concerns with identity politics intersects with those of Shakespeare's plays which portray sexist, racist, or anti-Semitic material. Fair warning: this episode will deal with language and tropes that some may find uncomfortable Support the Show. Please like, subscribe, and rate the…
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Ep. 647: Junebugging in January! Book talk begins @ 21:05 Milady kills the lady, and now it's time to get revenge...dy CraftLit Bulletin Board CraftLit in Denmark and Sweden Tour (May 20-30, 2024) Get on a plane and ! Visit the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen to enchanting landscapes that have inspired world-famous authors, we promise thi…
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Ep. 646: What I Did! Book talk begins @ 25:59 From Milady's schemes to Rochefort's dreams... LeAnn asked if I REALLY meant that Manchurian Candidate was a great comedy. She was right to wonder - I was thinking satire (like DARK satire) and said comedy instead. I blame long-COVID brain. But thank you to LeAnn for catching that. Important note: we ar…
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Send us a Text Message. Is Shakespeare's darkest tragedy a cautionary tale about ambition? a bit of Jacobean mythmaking? Or is it the portrait of a deeply committed marriage gone catastrophically wrong? With apologies for all the appalling accents . . . . Performance Clip: Macbeth with Orson Welles, Fay Bainter, and the Mercury Acting Co. Mercury T…
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Ep. 645: Another New Year! Book talk begins @ 10:57 We've switched from Milady the Captive to Milady the Evil Genius. Sorry Felton! CraftLit Bulletin Board CraftLit in Denmark and Sweden Tour (May 20-30, 2024) Get on a plane and ! Visit the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen to enchanting landscapes that have inspired world-famous authors, w…
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Ep. 644: Destashify! Book talk begins @ 2:06 It's been five days, time to get a bit serious for Milady! CraftLit Bulletin Board Color Your Classics Colorized Black and White CraftLit in Denmark and Sweden Tour (May 20-30, 2024) Get on a plane and ! Visit the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen to enchanting landscapes that have inspired world…
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Send us a Text Message. Shakespeare's Hamlet has not been out of production for over four centuries and its profound examination of the human condition continues to capture the hearts and minds of people the world over. Join me in Elsinore as we think about what some have called the greatest drama in history -- perhaps even the greatest literary ac…
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