If you missed it in last Monday’s episode, I mentioned Episode 30 was the last installment of Season 2. I’ve also decided to take the rest of August off, as well as the whole of September, before coming back for Season 3 in October.
This break gives me a chance to make improvements to the podcast, diversify my reading, and work on other projects such as writing. It also happens to be a good time personally, since I’m going through some sudden changes at work which will need more of my attention (and energy).
In the meantime, be sure to catch up on older episodes, suggest new books or topics, and follow me on Instagram (@classicsconsidered). There is a lot of new content coming to this site as well, so watch for more updates in the coming weeks!
In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf takes us through a history of women in fiction, from the unknown poets of Elizabethan times to 18th and 19th-century writers like Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë. This little book is not only for feminists, but for anyone interested in the life and classic writings of female authors.
Apologies for the intermittent background noise, near the beginning of the episode. It was probably me leaning on my “lectern” – i.e. a white cabinet on wheels, which may not be the most stable setup… I’ll be taking extra precautions in the future!
Sources / Further Reading:
“Virginia Woolf Was More Than Just a Women’s Writer” – Humanities magazine
Virginia Woolf’s suicide note (Wikisource)
Napoleonic Code (Encyclopedia Britannica)
How did I first get into classic literature, let alone podcast about it? This week’s episode features a glimpse into my reading life and podcasting journey, as well as some tips and technology which have helped me along the way.
Opening quote is from South by Sir Ernest Shackleton. It has no bearing on today’s topic; it’s just a nice quote on a topic that’s been on my brain.
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RSS Owl – A free, open-source RSS / blog reader
Lithium (app) – Useful for reading Project Gutenberg ebooks on an Android tablet
This summer, I’ve been getting to know Southern Gothic author Flannery O’Connor through a collection of her short stories. In this “First Impressions” episode, I chat about her life, her writing, and the themes in her stories which grabbed my attention.
Sources / Further Reading:
“This Lonesome Place: Flannery O’Connor on race and religion in the unreconstructed South.” – The New Yorker article
Flannery O’Connor biography – New Georgia Encyclopedia
The Presence of Grace and Other Book Reviews by Flannery O’Connor (Google Books page)
Today I take a nostalgia trip back to the time I first met Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective has impacted my life in many ways, from violin playing to overcoming social anxiety. I also share my thoughts on a number of adaptations, including the Jeremy Brett TV series and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.
Opening quote read by David Clarke (LibriVox)
Opening music – “Ambush in Rattlesnake Gulch” by Brian Boyko (Public domain, FreePD.com)