29 episodes

It’s the groves of academe: Bennington College, the wildest and wickedest school in America. In the last great decade: the 1980s. Bennington class of ’86, class of Bret Easton Ellis, future writer of American Psycho and co-leader of the literary Brat Pack; Jonathan Lethem, future writer of Motherless Brooklyn and MacArthur Fellow; and Donna Tartt, future writer of The Secret History and Pulitzer Prize winner. All three are, at various times, infatuated and disappointed with one another, their friendships stimulated and fueled by rivalry as much as affection. And all three will mythologize Bennington in their fiction—fiction that, as we’ll discover, isn’t always fiction, is often fact—and thereby become myths themselves. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes the latest installment in the “Once Upon a Time…” franchise, Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College. This is a tale of money, murder, madness, and—of course—genius. This is, too, a multi-dimensional expose: the secret history of The Secret History revealed; the secret history of three of the greatest writers of Generation X revealed; and the secret history of Generation X itself revealed. This follows Season One of the franchise, Once Upon a Time...in the Valley, a real-life psychological thriller about underage adult star Traci Lords.

Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College C13Originals

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    • 3.7 • 163 Ratings

It’s the groves of academe: Bennington College, the wildest and wickedest school in America. In the last great decade: the 1980s. Bennington class of ’86, class of Bret Easton Ellis, future writer of American Psycho and co-leader of the literary Brat Pack; Jonathan Lethem, future writer of Motherless Brooklyn and MacArthur Fellow; and Donna Tartt, future writer of The Secret History and Pulitzer Prize winner. All three are, at various times, infatuated and disappointed with one another, their friendships stimulated and fueled by rivalry as much as affection. And all three will mythologize Bennington in their fiction—fiction that, as we’ll discover, isn’t always fiction, is often fact—and thereby become myths themselves. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes the latest installment in the “Once Upon a Time…” franchise, Once Upon a Time… at Bennington College. This is a tale of money, murder, madness, and—of course—genius. This is, too, a multi-dimensional expose: the secret history of The Secret History revealed; the secret history of three of the greatest writers of Generation X revealed; and the secret history of Generation X itself revealed. This follows Season One of the franchise, Once Upon a Time...in the Valley, a real-life psychological thriller about underage adult star Traci Lords.

    C13Features Presents: Ghostwriter, Starring Kate Mara and Adam Scott

    C13Features Presents: Ghostwriter, Starring Kate Mara and Adam Scott

    Welcome to Ghostwriter, a new gripping and suspenseful podcast movie listening experience from C13Features. In Ghostwriter, Kate Mara and Adam Scott star in a psychological thriller about a former journalist who reluctantly accepts a job ghostwriting a new murder mystery novel for an eccentric billionaire. Kate Michaels has been living a solitary life after a traumatic experience, but after pressure from her rational agent and candid best friend, she begrudgingly concedes that she needs the work. As she collaborates with the enigmatic James Webber on the project, she finds herself growing dependent on him and starts to suspect that something is wrong…deeply wrong. Will Kate be able to trust herself with James’ story, or even her own voice? Get ready to pop some popcorn, and get lost in your imagination in this invigorating new podcast movie experience, Ghostwriter, from C13Features, available now.
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    • 2 min
    It Was Like I Went Where I Failed To Go

    It Was Like I Went Where I Failed To Go

    1994 to the present day. Jonathan Lethem comes from behind. And just whose world are we living in anyway—Bret’s, Donna’s or Jonathan’s?
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Farmer’s Granddaughter

    The Farmer’s Granddaughter

    Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York, New York. Spring of 1986 to Fall of 1994. The Secret History is published. Plus, “The Purge” comes to Bennington.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sensational Sensationalism

    Sensational Sensationalism

    New York City. Spring of 1987 to Spring of 1991. Patrick Bateman is born.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Disturbing Michiko Kakutani

    Disturbing Michiko Kakutani

    Bennington and New York City. Autumn, 1985-spring, 1986. Less Than Zero is published and Bret becomes a cultural phenomenon. Bret also becomes a college senior. The most famous artist of the 20th century crashes his graduation party.
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    • 58 min
    An Impossible Shade of Green

    An Impossible Shade of Green

    Bennington. Autumn, 1983-Spring, 1986. Donna begins The Secret History. Donna throws tea parties and frequents martini hours. Donna bides her time. Jonathan drops out of Bennington only to hang around Bennington.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Steve Lavender ,

Misguided

A very informative and well researched history, but problematic. I am convinced by the argument that Traci Lords was ambitious and manipulative, that she knew what she wanted and pursued it aggressively. But so what? She was a child, and deserved to be protected, if even against her own bad judgement. This series ignores that completely.

Kbuds ,

Florid,rambling and disjointed

I really wanted to enjoy this podcast, but I found the narrative style overly flowery and unfocused.

anaoaxaca ,

Nope nope nope

Terrible narrative structure, navel gazing, unnecessary editorials that turn the focus back on the host of this podcast. I have no idea what the point is, not have I learned anything after listening to four episodes. I wanted to like this but it is gossipy garbage that doesn’t know how to tell a story. I’ve stopped listening.

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