A podcast that jumps right into the deep end of the literary canon. Each week, Ben Cosman, Gemma Kaneko, and a special guest gently roast a classic novel ... and learn to like them a little, too.
Ulysses, Part 3
Ben, Gemma, and Hillary have a lot of questions about Molly Bloom, and wonder if Leo's famed gift of empathy extends to women at all. Gemma pitches a Bad Gritty Reboot that turns Ulysses into an anthology TV series with each "chapter" written, directed, and produced by an entirely different group of people.
Ulysses, Part 2
Ben, Gemma, and Hillary have a lot of questions about ULYSSES. Why does it contain a 200-page play? What is Leo Bloom's greatest gift as a human being and hero, besides being able to turn literally any moment in time into a sexual fantasy? What does "style-for-style's-sake" mean?
Ulysses, Part 1
Ben, Gemma, and Hillary prepare themselves to read ULYSSES. Hillary walks us through the obscenity court cases surrounding it, Ben compares it to "Family Guy," and Gemma finds herself defending the fun of inside jokes.
The Odyssey, Part 2
So ... Odysseus has PTSD, right? That's what Ben, Gemma, and Danielle speculate as they finish The Odyssey. Generally, it's considered untoward to murder a bunch of people in your house, even if they have been bad guests. Just ask the blind cyclops from the first episode. But is Homer's entire poem just a lesson in etiquette? Listen to find out.
The Odyssey, Part 1
Ben, Gemma, and special guest Danielle Sheehan tackle the most classic of all classics over the next two episodes -- THE ODYSSEY, by Homer, the foundational text of the Western canon. Is it the story of a complicated man trying to get home, or the story of a dad who went out for cigarettes and came back 20 years later? In Books 1-12, the story we think of as "The Odyssey" is told, but what happens next?
CanonBallz returns with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, a delirious nightmare of a novel that is a true delight to read. Is Heathcliff an actual demon? Why didn't the Lintons just move? How could anyone read this as a love story? Seriously, stop reading this as a love story. Stop.