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Unfortunately Required Reading

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Review and relive the books that made you cringe in school, but now with cocktails and sass.
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No One Gets Flowers

Unfortunately Required Reading

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Unfortunately Required Reading

Rich White Man Gets Caught (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
This week Amanda and Victoria tackle the word of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, discuss some true crime inspirations, and tell you all about Robert Louis Stevenson. 
October 17, 2020
No One Gets Flowers
This week Amanda and Victoria delve into the trauma that is Daniel Keyes' short story Flowers for Algernon.
September 19, 2020
I'm a Giver
This week we return (woo hoo) to finally discuss the Giver by Lois Lowry. 
September 5, 2020
Forgery for Fun and Divorce (A Doll's House)
This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Henrik Ibsen's most performed play, A Doll's House. 
July 25, 2020
Who Let the Hound Out
For Amanda's Birthday Month we start with the classic Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Oh...and we drink port
July 11, 2020
'Rent' Control
This week Amanda and Tori review the musical phenomena Rent, by watching the Christopher Columbus film and exploring the horrors of the AIDS Crisis. 
June 28, 2020
Let’s F*** Off to France and Ignore Our Problems (Giovanni's Room)
This week we drink bourbon and ginger ale as we discuss the incredible author James Baldwin, Black Lives, and the LGBTQIA+ Community. 
June 13, 2020
A Spy's Guide to Secret Childhood Trauma
This week, we discuss Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy in both its book and movie form.   As always, this is not a child-friendly podcast. 
May 30, 2020
Frog and Toad are Queer
Today we delve into the world of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books, along with Queer Theory. 
May 16, 2020
A Hobbit is More Badass Than You
This week we discuss J.R.R. Tolkien (Toll Keen) and the Hobbit while discussing quarantine decisions and the hero's journey. 
April 18, 2020
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Quarantine recording is still going strong as Amanda and Victoria drink in the privacy of their separate homes and discuss a fan favorite. 
April 4, 2020
Our Existential Crisis (The Stranger)
Amanda and Tori record remotely to show their support of Stay at Home protocol, drink what they want, and discuss Albert Camus' The Stranger. 
March 28, 2020
Accidentally Aptly Timed (The Lord of the Flies)
Today we discuss William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the nature of fear, misinformation, and Navy Grog. 
March 14, 2020
Are We Dead or Just Resting? (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
This week we sip Darjeeling Milk punch while discussing Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. 
February 29, 2020
To Read or Not To Read (is that even a question, Hamlet?)
This week, Amanda and Tori tackle the epic plat Hamlet by William Shakespeare. We drink a sweet poison, eat havardi, and the fight me bread comes back as we delve into the text. 
February 15, 2020
Not-So-Quiet Aunt Jane (Pride and Prejudice)
This week we discuss the Jane Austen work Pride and Prejudice, while drinking a cocktail named in her honor and chowing down on scones while discussing class structure. 
January 26, 2020
Withering Interest (Wuthering Heights)
This week we discuss the Emily Bronte novel Wuthering Heights and do our best not to go off the rails with discussing Heathcliff and sipping Lavender French 75's.
January 11, 2020
The 2019 Unfortunate Retrospective
We answer listener questions, share our biggest "ooops" moments and discuss our love for literature.  Happy 2020, all. 
December 31, 2019
Ambrose Bierce Crosses The Line (or a Bridge)
This week's episode is on the Ambrose Bierce short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." We drink a Brandy based cocktail and discuss why Bierce was known as "Bitter Bierce." 
December 15, 2019
Only Women Get Punished for Sex (The Scarlet Letter)
We finish out Pain Month with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 
November 16, 2019
Claret Out of Spite (Ethan Frome)
Welcome to Pain Month! For our one year anniversary (yeah, we made it a year) each host has picked a book of loathing. This week we are discussing Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
November 2, 2019
Episode 22: It's Franken-Steen
This week we discuss Mary Shelley's genre changing work Frankenstein, while drinking a cocktail of the same name and discussing that weird party in Geneva. Bonus, there will be a video floating around of us doing this in Halloween costumes. 
October 26, 2019
Drunkula (Dracula)
This week's episode focuses on Bram Stoker's Dracula.  We drink sangria, eat Russian Hematoga bars, and much on Irish cheddar while discussing vampires, sexuality, and Abraham Stoker. 
October 5, 2019
This is Not a Guide to Murdering Birds
This week we discuss Harper Lee's to Kill a Mockingbird, the controversy over Go Set a Watchman,  drink whiskey, and discuss racism.
September 21, 2019
Romeo and Juliet is Not a Love Story
This week's episode focuses on the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet.  We drink a rose, eat some awesome cheese, and talk about why this is probably not an appropriate play to hand off to hormonal teenager. Check our our show notes at 
September 7, 2019
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Listen Here
This week's episode focuses on Dante's Inferno. Join us as we discuss Italian politics, the Catholic Church, and drink a Chianti from a bottle wrapped in raffia.  
August 24, 2019
The Real Hell is Ye Olde English- Paradise Lost
This week we discuss John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost. We drink a fire and iced tea, eat smokey cheese, and contemplate the sexy version of Satan that is very strange.  Oh, and we complain about how long this poem is. 
August 10, 2019
Friends Don't Let Friends Go Bohemian
On this episode we discuss the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and partake of a Corpse Reviver: part 2,.  For show notes and more details, visit 
July 27, 2019
Anxiety Makes Terrible Murderers
As it's Amanda's birthday month, we are delighting in drinking Corpse Revivers while discussing Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart,  cousin love way too young, and thirst letters before Twitter was a thing. 
July 6, 2019
Short Story: Rimbaud and Verlaine, Bad Boys of French Poetry
This week's short story rounds out Pride month with Amanda covering the two bad boys of French Poetry, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. 
June 22, 2019
Much Ado About Sappho
 This week's episode is dedicated to melancholy and ouzo as we discuss the works of the poet Sappho. Often maligned, never duplicated, Sappho is a little hard to pin down as quite a bit of her history has been lost or glossed over with satire.  
June 15, 2019
Short Story: Goodnight Moon and Margaret Wise Brown
A quick look to celebrate Margaret Wise Brown. 
June 10, 2019
Dorian Gray's Not-So Excellent Homoerotic Adventure (Now With Full Audio)
 This episode does a dive into The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and features sipping champagne with ice cubes in it, witty banter, the Menger hotel, and odd facts about a fantastic icon.  
June 2, 2019
The Pride Month Primer
Do you know the difference between pansexual and bisexual? Are you confused about what the heck Stonewall was? We provide you with a brief primer on terms on the LGBTQIA+ community. 
June 1, 2019
Better than Lord of the Flies
This episode is focused on Toni Morrison's Sula. For this week, we drink a mocktail, discuss the difference between blackberries and nightshades, and finish out Toni Morrison month. 
May 18, 2019
Episode 11: Slavery and Spiteful Ghosts
In which we discuss Toni Morrison's Beloved, drink the most painful red wine possible in honor of the color red, and eat cheese to try to deal with our lives. 
May 5, 2019
Their Eyes Were Watching Halle Berry and the Case of the Missing Audio
Sooooo Anchor didn't upload our full audio. Here's the full episode with no ads, because you deserve it and we're sorry for technical difficulties. 
April 24, 2019
Short Story: The Proletariat Comma
A brief argument about the Oxford Comma. 
April 7, 2019
Our First Catastrophic Recording Failure
I'm sorry, so sorry. 
April 7, 2019
A Short Story: Victoria Reads 50 Shades of Grey
You listened. We tortured Victoria. Listen to Victoria read a few passages from 50 Shades of Grey while Amanda cackles in delight.  This is not a full episode, but a brief segment we like to refer to as one of our Short Stories. 
March 23, 2019
Furry Mr. Nihilism
In which we discuss Grendel by John Gardner, relive the depressing goth days of our high school youth and decide we like mead without added pepper, thank you very much.
March 16, 2019
A Scandinavian Warrior Walks Into A Mead Hall
Today's episode is about the epic poem Beowulf, how much we love Mead, how terrible the 2007 movie version of this epic poem is, and Beowulf's mom, Sheila. 
March 3, 2019
A Really Sh**ty Island Vacation
In which we discuss Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys, and the dangers of drinking only the rum layer of a Dark and Stormy. 
February 16, 2019
Eyre BnB
In which we discuss Jane Eyre, sip port, and discuss the horror of a wife in the attic. 
February 10, 2019
Victory Gin and Rats to the Face
In which we struggle to survive George Orwell's 1984 with a single shot of Victory Gin, quietly consume a cheese plate off mic, and tell you about The Spanish Civil War and British Colonialism. 
January 19, 2019
That Time Being Gay Ruined a Perfectly Good Dinner
Episode 4 discusses Tennessee William's play The Glass Menagerie, while we sip Ramos Gin Fizzes and contemplate Southern parenting. 
January 5, 2019
The Toxic Masculinity Also Rises
In which we drink absinthe, help you write your paper on The Sun Also Rises by telling you about Paris and Spain as characters, and discuss Hemingway and the original tell-all novel.
December 15, 2018
The Not-So-Great Gatsby
In which we analyze not only Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, but also help every AP English student required to write a paper on the book.
November 17, 2018
Episode One: Watership Man Down
Welcome to the first episode of Unfortunately Required Reading. We learn Lapine and drink the cocktail Watership Down as we discuss the Richard Adams book of the same name.
November 3, 2018