76 episodes

We're friends and academics who take classic literature off its pedestal by making fun of it.
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Save Me From My Shelf Abigail Boucher and Daniel Jenkin-Smith

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

We're friends and academics who take classic literature off its pedestal by making fun of it.
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    SMFMS Bookends 5 - The Grapes of Wrath

    SMFMS Bookends 5 - The Grapes of Wrath

    The fifth episode of SMFMS Bookends, the satellite show for Save Me From My Shelf. Here we read emails, answer listener questions, talk about what we're currently reading, watching, and playing, resuscitate the Bad Sex Awards™, and provide further outtakes and analysis cut from The Grapes of Wrath episode.
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    • 32 min
    Episode 55 - The Grapes of Wrath

    Episode 55 - The Grapes of Wrath

    Two friends and academics recap classic literature and take it off its pedestal. In our fifty-fifth episode, we recap John Steinbeck's 1939 Dust Bowl adventure, Biblical allegory, and socialist manifesto, The Grapes of Wrath. It's all pigs, sex, and pooping (a shocking amount of pooping). We discover the show's second mono-butt-cheeked character, Abby develops a backup plan for a life of crime, and Daniel goes on a rant about topsoil.
    Cover art © Catherine Wu.
    Episode Theme: 'Woody' on guitar and harmonica, by Daniel Jenkin-Smith.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    SMFMS Bookends 4: The Time Machine

    SMFMS Bookends 4: The Time Machine

    The forth episode of SMFMS Bookends, the satellite show for Save Me From My Shelf. Here we read emails, answer listener questions, talk about what we're currently reading, watching, and playing, resuscitate the Bad Sex Awards™, and provide further outtakes and analysis cut from The Time Machine episode.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 54 - The Time Machine

    Episode 54 - The Time Machine

    Two friends and academics recap classic literature and take it off its pedestal. In our last episode, we went into the past. Now, in our fifty-fourth episode, we go way, way into the future with H.G. Wells's The Time Machine (1895). We workshop Save Me From My Shelf: On Ice!, turn into feral, biting Morlocks, and wonder what the hell is going on with time travel romances, both generally and in the Year of Our Lord BOOBIES.
    Cover art © Catherine Wu.
    Episode Theme: 'Gnossienne No. 1', Erik Satie.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    SMFMS Bookends 3: Ivanhoe

    SMFMS Bookends 3: Ivanhoe

    The third episode of SMFMS Bookends, the satellite show for Save Me From My Shelf. Here we read emails, answer listener questions, talk about what we're currently reading, watching, and playing, resuscitate the Bad Sex Awards™, and provide further outtakes and analysis cut from the Ivanhoe episode.
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    • 28 min
    Episode 53 - Ivanhoe

    Episode 53 - Ivanhoe

    Two friends and academics recap classic literature and take it off its pedestal. In our fifty-third episode, we cover the first proper Historical Novel™, Sir Walter Scott's extremely boring, Ren Faire-style medieval romp, Ivanhoe (1819). In this episode, Abby gets ghosted by her best friend and medieval scholar, Justine. Scott talks about nothing but clothing, pork, and boobs, and Daniel enjoys (?) all the invented names, the porn parody that would write itself, and all the tournaments which are really just medieval versions of Super Smash Bros.
    Cover art © Catherine Wu.
    Episode Theme: 'The Ballad of Robin Hood'.

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    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

StarkTargaryen430 ,

👏🏼 great discussions!

I’m so happy I found this podcast the book discussions are so good and funny!

Jules5168 ,

The Special Relationship

As a Yank with plans to move to UK soon, your relationship is hashtag goals. Love your actual work too.

bewareofleopard ,

Followed and love

I’ve been looking for a show like this for so long. I found the pod through Kate Lister’s Betwixt the Sheets and just a few episodes in and I’m sold. It’s really smart people talking about really old books and making them approachable. If I had a complaint, Daniel occasionally talks a little too low to understand. Still, absolutely love it.
Edit: I’ve listened to more episodes since my original review and they either got better mics or Dr. Daniel is articulating more. Still, five stars.

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