End of Season 1 – Taking a Short Break

Hi all!  This is just a note to announce I am wrapping up Season 1 of Classics Considered and taking a little break.

Over three months, our auditory “voyage” has spanned a variety of topics, from dystopia to historical fiction and from reviews to not-so-rhetorical questions.  Thanks to all who have been listening along the way!  I’ve enjoyed sharing books I like and some I didn’t, and it’s been lots of good fun, technical difficulties included.

In April, I plan to release one or two special episodes, so please stay tuned for that.  Otherwise, watch for Season 2 the first Monday in May, which will hopefully – like every good TV series – exceed Season 1 in quality and entertainment educational value.

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What Is a Classic? – Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills – Episode 18

“Classic” – this word holds so much weight, yet what does it really mean?  Today we discover Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel A Pale View of Hills and examine the different facets of what makes a classic book.

Sources / Further Reading:
“The Definition of a Classic in Literature” by Esther Lombardi
“In Literature, What Makes a Classic?” (NPR)
Kazuo Ishiguro and Malcolm Bradbury, in conversation (Interview, plus discussion of A Pale View of Hills)
“Kazuo Ishiguro becomes Nagasaki honorary resident” (NHK)
The Buried Giant – My thoughts

Reading Classics on a Budget – Episode 16

My goodness, I repeated myself quite a bit in this one…  Well, I got very excited about this week’s topic – buying books (and saving money)!

Links Mentioned / Resources:

Budget Paperbacks:
Wordsworth Classics – also on Amazon
Dover Thrift Editions
Barnes and Noble Classics – also on Amazon

Free Ebooks:
The Literature Network
Project Gutenberg
Lithium – EPUB reader – Forgot to mention this in the episode, but I’ve just recently started using this app for Gutenberg .epub books on my Android tablet.  It has note-taking, highlighting, and bookmarking features like a dedicated e-reader, which really brings Gutenberg .epubs to a whole new level!
OverDrive
Internet Archive
Wikisource

Free Audiobooks:
Basil Rathbone reads “The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe 
LibriVox 

Liberty: Ayn Rand vs. Truman Capote – Episode 15

Two runaways, two worlds, and the pursuit of freedom.  This week’s episode covers Anthem and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, two American classics with surprising similarities.

Sources / Further Reading:
Biography of Ayn Rand (Gale)
Biography of Ayn Rand (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Biography of Truman Capote (Encyclopedia Britannica)
“The Legendary Friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote”
About Truman Capote (PBS)