181 – Un-Mixing: Author, Author!

You know how some people […including us…] confuse which Brontë sister wrote which novel, or always mess up which guy with “Lewis” in his name is famous for what, or can’t keep all those famous pesky Russian authors straight? Then, my friend, this episode is for you. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Hi, My Name Is…”!

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[Music: 1) Luca Stricagnoli – Fingerstyle Guitar, “Eminem on Guitar (The Real Slim Shady),” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

175 – The Brave New Worlds of Octavia Butler

You are about to enter another dimension– of science fiction literature by the groundbreaking author Octavia E. Butler! Learn all about her path to success, fantastical works, and common literary themes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Butler Did It!”

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[Music: 1) lo-fi is sci-fi, “Phase IV,” 2013. Courtesy of lo-fi is sci-fi, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

163 – “The Problem That Has No Name”: Feminist Literature

Feminism is for everybody! Julia provides a primer on ten works of feminist literature that You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Some Problems That DO Have Names”!

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[Music: 1) Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

159 – Once Upon a Time…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a delightfully rich recurring trivia topic just so happens to be famous opening lines of novels. With that in mind, Julia endeavored to compile a podcast episode that would cover that very theme. And later, enjoy a quiz called “Take It From the Top!”

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[Music: 1) Stefano Vita, “Once Upon a Time,” 2015. Courtesy of Stefano Vita, CC BY-NC-SA license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

146 – That Old Man and the Sea

Finally! Today, by popular demand, we tackle the Grandfather of Masculine Literature: Ernest Hemingway! Learn all about Papa’s accident-prone, globe-trotting life, and get a rundown of his famous novels. Later, bulk up your knowledge on Oscar Wilde with a quiz entitled “The Importance of Being Ernest!”

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[Music: 1) Jimmy Buffet, Live at Wrigley Field, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

137 – A Series of Series: Middle Earth and Beyond

It’s a Series of Series again here on Miss Information! Today, immerse yourself in the high fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe of men, hobbits, elves, and dwarves–and finally learn who is The Lord of the Rings! Later, test yourself with a quiz on rings!  Enjoime! […That’s Elvish for “Enjoy!”]

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[Music: 1) Leonard Nimoy, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

134 – It’s a Major Award!: Literary Medals and Prizes

If you’re a very important person with many leather-bound books [and especially if your apartment smells of rich mahogany], then this episode is for you. Julia presents many of the annual literary medals, prizes, and awards, along with their most recent winners. Later, enjoy a quiz called “And the First Runner Up…”!

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[Music: 1) Les Hayden, “Book on a Shelf,” 2017. Courtesy of Les Hayden, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

115 – Alma, The Bride of the Wind

We hope you’re sitting down for this one, because the story of Alma Mahler, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Vienna,” is a REAL doozy. This episode has everything: art, music, sex, death, Nazis, literature, insanity, more Nazis… Julia paints a portrait of this Austrian lady who bewitched the most famous men of her day. And later, enjoy a quiz called “Gustav and Walter and Franz”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “Alma,” 1965;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 05 – What the Dickens

In our fifth episode, Julia regales us with details about famous author Charles Dickens and summarizes all of his most important books. [Spoiler alert: There are lots of orphans and debtors’ prisons.] Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled “Dicks ‘N’ Charleses”!

 

[Music: 1) Lee Maddeford, “Embellir (with Les Gauchers Quintet),” 2010. Courtesy of Lee Maddeford, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]