The Forgotten Library

The Forgotten Library

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By Nikki Gee
Your intrepid librarian host delves into those dusty corners of the bookshelf to retrieve gems you probably have never heard of. Episodes usually run along one of the following themes:
Back of the Stacks - public domain works of fiction or nonfiction
Ridic Fic - how was THIS published? No, seriously.
Cavalcade of Comics - Golden Age comics from lesser known franchises, usually genre-based

Show suggestions and comments are always welcome at floridhappiness@gmail.com
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Episode 6 - Petals on the Wind
A new episode appears!  On this installment, we're looking at the sequel to Petals on the Wind, the best-selling sequel to Flowers in the Attic, and more ridiculous than its predecessor.  Show suggestions are always welcome at floridhappiness@gmail.com You can also DM me on Twitter: @forgottenlibra1
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August 2, 2019
Episode 5, Part 2 - All Romances comics
As promised earlier this week, this is the continuation of our look at All Romances from Ace Magazines. I also talk a bit about my sources.  Sources: Nolan, M. (2008). Love on the Racks: a History of American Romance Comics. McFarland Books.  Comics were accessed from Comic Book Plus: https://comicbookplus.com Information on Taxi Dancers comes from Wikipedia, and this July 15, 1990 article in the LA Times entitled “Taxi Dancers: It's No Longer 10 Cents a Dance, But Lonely Men Can Still Hire Partners by the Minute in Dim Downtown Clubs” by Martin Booe: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1990-07-15-tm-549-story.html 
34:19
July 12, 2019
Episode 5, Part 1 - All Romances comics
In this episode, we're going back to 1949 once again to take a look at some more Golden Age comics. The series was called All Romances and ran for a year. I also provide more history of the romance comic genre. This episode ran long, so this is only part one. Part two will be published later this week.  Sources: Nolan, M. (2008). Love on the Racks: a History of American Romance Comics. McFarland Books.  Comics were accessed from Comic Book Plus: https://comicbookplus.com
29:09
July 7, 2019
Episode 4 - Excessive Venery, Masturbation and Continence
On this episode, we're gonna take a deep dive into an old medical treatise from 1844, which basically states that if fall into the patterns of pleasure, you are headed for an early grave! Transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MIkpjlkrmkFCC7gOSKX0YLQGg9T9Dq8Z  Sources: Englehardt, H.T. (2013). The Disease of Masturbation: Values and the Concept of Disease. Meaning and Medicine: a Reader in the Philosophy of Health Care.  Howe, J.W. (1883). Excessive Venery, Masturbation and Continence. Available via Internet Archive, Google Books, HathiTrust, etc. Hughes, J.R. (2003). Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: did he have seizures? Psychogenic or epileptic or both? Epilepsy & Behavior 4, 793-796. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2003.09.005 JAMA. Book reviews. 1884;II(13):358-359. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390370022010 Stephens, E. (2009). Coining Spermatorrhoea: Medicine and Male Body Fluids, 1836-1866. Sexualities 12, 467. ResearchGate link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/43525222_Coining_Spermatorrhoea_Medicine_and_Male_Body_Fluids_1836--1866 Willyard, C. (2019). Outmoded Diseases: Spermatorrhea. The Last Word on Nothing. https://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2019/05/29/outmoded-diseases-spermatorrhea-2/
56:14
June 18, 2019
Episode 3 - All Love comics
In this episode, we're going to take a look at some genre comics from the 1940s - a series called All Love. These were ubiquitous during the post WWII era, and I'm dragging up a few gems for you.  I also have a special guest!  Transcript can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gtSpnZBxq_Ujjpxh6KiERUY_vllx9E4J Source materials for this episode: Ace Magazines (comics). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Magazines_(comics) All Love. https://comicbookplus.com/?cid=3245 Gardner, J. (2011). “True-To-Life”: Romance Comics and Teen-Age Desire, 1947-1954. Forum for World Literature Studies, 3(1), 118-128. Gardner, J. (2013). She Got Her Man, But Could She Keep Him? Love and Marriage in American Romance Comics, 1947-1954. The Journal of American Culture, 36(1). 16-24. J. Murrey Atkins Library – UNC Charlotte. Heroes and Villains: Silver Age Comics. https://silveragecomics.uncc.edu/timeline
28:03
June 3, 2019
Episode 2 - Flowers in the Attic
 WARNING: this episode contains mentions of rape and incest. Listener discretion is advised. <br><br> On this episode, your librarian tour guide brings you on a nostalgia trip! If you're a woman of a certain age, the very name V.C. Andrews in raised type on a book cover probably made you stop in your tracks back in the day. Hop on back into my Ridic Fic time machine as we talk about the first installment of the Dollenganger family saga, Flowers in the Attic. <br><br> If you are unable to listen to the podcast, a <a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CRx7Gra6VK6b4cIzoxDgbHEaF1TTKyhZ">transcript</a> is available: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CRx7Gra6VK6b4cIzoxDgbHEaF1TTKyhZ<br><br> Source material for this episode: <br><br> Author’s success yields estate taxable asset. (1994). CPA Journal, 64(7), 16.<br><Br> F., Jennifer. The Complete VC Andrews. http://www.completevca.com<br><br> Huntley, E.D. (1996). V.C. Andrews: a Critical Companion. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. <br><br> Radeska, T. (January 5, 2018). Blanche Monnier was imprisoned in a tiny room for 25 years because her mother hated her choice of husband. The Vintage News. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/01/05/blanche-monnier/<br><br> Rubin, S. (September 20, 1981). “Blooms of Darkness.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1981/09/20/blooms-of-darkness/7e133556-82cd-43a0-94a6-03738d628099/?utm_term=.94fe0c18cb1d
32:47
May 21, 2019
Episode 1 - What a Young Girl Ought to Know
On this episode, we delve into What a Young Girl Ought to Know, by Dr. Mary Wood-Allen (1897), a "purity education" book that was purported to tell children about sex (but really didn't).  This podcast is marked explicit because I occasionally use four-letter words.  If you are unable to listen to the podcast, a transcript is available: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17Vg7-7XTwkVdEs-2FFj1RwOFul0w2PgW Source material for this episode:  Pierce, J. (2011). What Young Readers Ought to Know: The Successful Selling of Sexual Health Texts in the Early Twentieth Century. Book History, 14, 110-136. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/bh.2011.0009 Sethna, C. (2010). Animal sex: purity education and the abstinence agenda. Sex Education, 10(3), 267-279. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2010.491636 Wood-Allen, M. (1897). What a Young Girl Ought to Know. London, England: Vir Publishing. Link to a copy at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/whatayounggirlo00allegoog
19:14
May 11, 2019
Episode 0 - Promo
Transcript: Imagine, if you will, an old library. You've been here quite a few times before, but now you notice there's a dark corner, in which you haven't quite seen everything before. You go towards it and as you approach, you can hear the angry buzzing of one fluorescent light above your head. You look around and there's old, leather-bound tomes that look like they're in need of a good dusting. Have you ever seen any of these books before? You've certainly been here before, but have you seen these titles? That's the Forgotten Library.  Some of the topics that we'll cover on this podcast are: deep dives into old, dusty tomes, most of which are in the public domain and you can certainly read along with me if you would like to . . . but why would you? (I'm doing the work for you). That section will be called Back of the Stacks. Ridic Fic - adult and young adult fiction that's been published in . . . well, let's not give it a time period, but things that are so ridiculous that you can't believe someone actually took a chance and published it. And Cavalcade of Comics. Golden Age comics are in the public domain now and there's some really interesting and some doozies out there! So we will delightfully spork some of those over the course of this podcast.  So come back, back, to that dark corner and join me . . . in the Forgotten Library . . . coming soon to a podcast aggregator near you. 
01:58
May 5, 2019
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