Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week.
From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.
Tolstoy: The Long Way Home
Two men, a servant and his master, take a drive on a snowy evening. The experience will forever alter both of their lives.
Adapted from "Master and Man" by Leo Tolstoy.
If it sounds like it would be your thing, check out Mitos y Leyendas, Myths and Legends in Spanish! https://myths.link/mitos
Philip K. Dick: Fallout
It's the 2010s and nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union has forced humanity into bunkers, scorching the planet and leaving only the Leadys, the semi-sentient robot fighters, to continue to wage the war above against other Leadys.
The humans below, however, think that their Leadys might have other motives...
Adapted from "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick.
Sherlock Holmes: Dealbreaker
We learn which crime Sherlock Holmes thinks is the absolute worst...and it's not what you think it is.
Also, the great detective tries his hand at crime himself. Once he crosses that line, will he be able to come back from it?
Check out Best of the Worst! https://www.nextpod.com/botw
Alexander Pushkin: A Sure Thing
A young woman working as a servant for a cruel countess falls in love with the man across the street. It seems like a fairy tale, but are there more sinister motivations at play?
Adapted from " The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin
The Most Dangerous Game: The Hunted
Sanger Rainsford, a big-game hunter, just wants to go home, but he finds himself on an island belonging to General Zaroff, a fellow hunter with twisted, unorthodox tastes.
Sanger refuses to go along with Zaroff, but what will last longer, Sanger's adherence to his principles...or his life?
Adapted by the Weisers from "The Most Dangerous Game"
Read the original: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/O._Henry_Memorial_Award_Prize_Stories_of_1924/The_Most_Dangerous_Game
Check out our other show, Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains, new this week! https://myths.link/scoundrel
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E.M. Forster: Bit Rot
Humanity is isolated for their own safety in their homes, but they settle in to communicate through world-wide messaging and video calls, and face-to-face, person-to-person interaction becomes rarer and rarer, to the point that it's uncomfortable and awkward.
And no, the writer had no knowledge of the year 2020. E. M. Forster's prescient work of science fiction was first published in 1909.
After an ecological disaster, humanity is forced to flee underground, living alone in pods. But...it's not uncomfortable. In fact, it's the opposite. Humans have everything they could possibly need or want, thanks to the machine that oversees everything. But, when we give the power to watch over us to computers, who watches over the computers?
Check out our new mini-cast, Best of the Worst! https://www.nextpod.com/botw-subscribe
The original: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Machine_Stops/Chapter_I
A character struggles with loneliness and depression and tries numerous times to have the machine painlessly euthanize her, but it refuses.
Got me back into reading ❤️
Listening to Jason and Carissa’s storytelling reminded me how much i’ve missed reading, and was finally able to get back into. Missed y’all on your hiatus and SO EXCITED that you’re back!! ❤️
Thank you, you two
for this unique podcast and for bringing it back!! I know it must be time-consuming to read a novel and then broadcast it into a brilliant short-story version. So talented, as with Myths and Legends.
Another winner by Jason and Carissa. Great modern twist on classic fiction.