Handmaid's Tale Wormhole

BIBCL6.6 Handmaid’s Tale Wormhole

Final Thoughts & Handmaid’s Tale Wormhole Radio We’ve arrived at the end. Hear J.P. and Rebecca give parting thoughts on the relevance of the Handmaid’s Tale, as well as a discussion of the books within the book. Avoid the boiling frog What if June and Luke had gotten out while the getting was good? We’ll…

Handmaid's Tale names

BIBCL6.5: Handmaid’s Tale Names

Handmaid’s Tale Names & Fates We made it to the last narrative episode. Even after a faux academic conference, we still have questions. What happened to Offred? We agree on what Offred’s real name is, but we disagree about what happened to her. The Caduceus Gileadeans held onto this odd mistake from the U.S. Army…

Handmaid's Tale Women

BIBCL6.4: Handmaid’s Tale Women

Handmaid’s Tale Women In which we discuss aunts, Jezebels, and the dehumanization of the sexes. This promises to be…dark. Handmaid’s Tale Holidays In keeping with our theme of the darkly absurd, we go over the various dystopian holidays. Which is your favorite? Rebecca Romney and JP Romney’s book Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History is available…

Handmaid's Tale Scrabble

BIBCL6.3: Handmaid’s Tale Scrabble

Dystopian Games: Handmaid’s Tale Scrabble In world where reading is against the law, the Handmaid’s Tale Scrabble game is flirting with a death sentence. “Quick, eat those words.” Listen to our second episode (third overall) discussing the narrative of The Handmaid’s Tale. There are more Trump jokes (#sorrynotsorry), but also clever Biblical puns! And because we’re shameless self-promoters,…

Handmaid's Tale Symbolism

BIBCL6.2: Handmaid’s Tale Symbolism and Prophecy

The Handmaid’s Tale Symbolism In this episode of our podcast on Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale symbolism keeps cropping up every time we talk about the story. It’s our first episode discussing the narrative and we can’t help but notice how the main character keeps bringing up a riff on the frog in boiling water… Warning…

Handmaid's Tale Genesis 30

BIBCL6.1: The Handmaid’s Tale Title Episode

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood This is our first episode discussing The Handmaid’s Tale. As usual, we will talk about the origins of the book’s title, though, admittedly…we soon digress. Collecting The Handmaid’s Tale We discuss first edition copies of the novel, as well as tricky problems with Atwood’s signature, and the iconic dust jacket…

Frankenstein Book

BIBCL5.8: Frankenstein Book Worm Hole

Frankenstein Book Worm Hole It’s time for our final thoughts on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. JP gives his typical random rating; Rebecca gives her typical meandering explanation of the book’s literary influences. Then it’s on to the Frankenstein Book Worm Hole: How could this book have avoided all the conflict, and just skipped to the end?…

Bride of Frankenstein

BIBCL5.7: The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein This is our last episode discussing the narrative of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The monster has one teensy request: companionship. The bride of Frankenstein is a bit different in the movies than in the book. Meanwhile, Victor Frankenstein faints. Again. And again. Image credits: Wedding rings image via Wikimedia Commons. Audio file…

Mary Shelley Biography

BIBCL5.6: Mary Shelley Biography

Mary Shelley Biography In this episode we discuss Mary Shelley’s life. Her first publication when she was eleven years old. Her teenage crush-turned elopement. And many, many people dying. Image credits: 1810 painting of Lake Geneva by J.M.W. Turner via Wikimedia Commons. Audio file credits: Dvořák, Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22…tempo di valse, courtesy K&K…

Frankenstein and murder

BIBCL5.5: Frankenstein and Murder

Frankenstein and Murder This episode is our second discussion of the narrative. We delve into Frankenstein and murder: the monster’s first kill, and the thickening of the plot. Other topics of discussion include racist courts, monster parkour, and super stealth.   Image credits: Forest via Wikimedia Commons. Audio file credits: Dvořák, Serenade for Strings in E Major,…