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A comedy podcast about classic literature. We’re here to take the trouble out of flipping through those dusty paper-cut-inducing-volumes, so you can spend less time reading and more time sounding smart at parties. Think of us like SparkNotes, but more fun. Join Taylor, Björn and Al each episode for a summary and discussion about your favorite classic books. As our name states, we simply “want to” be smarter at parties. Our theory is that getting to know classic literature is a surefire way to have more interesting things to talk about. So join us as we find out.

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A comedy podcast about classic literature. We’re here to take the trouble out of flipping through those dusty paper-cut-inducing-volumes, so you can spend less time reading and more time sounding smart at parties. Think of us like SparkNotes, but more fun. Join Taylor, Björn and Al each episode for a summary and discussion about your favorite classic books. As our name states, we simply “want to” be smarter at parties. Our theory is that getting to know classic literature is a surefire way to have more interesting things to talk about. So join us as we find out.

    EP 10 : The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Part I

    EP 10 : The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Part I

    Part I of II of the 1915 classic by Franz Kafka “The Metamorphosis” Join Taylor, Alex & Björn as they discuss what it's like to wake up as a bug, the real meaning of “Kafkaesque” and why George Constanza has more in common with a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer than you originally thought.  In the first half of the episode, we dig deep into Kafka’s life and untimely demise. Kafka was an insurance salesman and only after he devoted his entire life to writing did he croak shortly thereafter. In the second half of the pod we dig into the text where we hear the tale of a lowly textile salesman, Gregor Samsa, who after waking up as a bug as an allegory for casual sex, doesn’t think that is a good enough excuse to call in sick to work. Ahh, the early 1900’s. Get all the Kafka you can handle this episode and be assured to sound super smart at your next party!

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    This book, and many others, can be found at Project Gutenberg. This isn’t a plug, it is just a super great website where you can read books for free. www.gutenberg.org

    • 55 min
    EP 9 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part III

    EP 9 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part III

    Part III of III of Mary Shelley’s 1831 classic, Frankenstein, THE THRILLING CONCLUSION! Let the self-loathing conclude!  We monster-cobble our way through a harmless abduction, we victim blame the Swiss, learn the origin of Frankenstein’s bride and follow the characters all the way to the North Pole to learn what fate has in store for Victor and the monster he has created.

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    This book, and many others, can be found at Project Gutenberg. This isn’t a plug, it is just a super great website where you can read books for free. www.gutenberg.org

    • 1 hr 33 min
    EP 8 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part II

    EP 8 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part II

    In Part II of III of Mary Shelley’s 1831 classic, Frankenstein, we cast Anne Hathaway as the part of the monster, Lil Franky Jr.

    We hear Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldbergs origin story & smoke too many cigarettes with Thomas Jefferson Hogg. Once we finally dive into the text, we learn about Lil Franky’s origin story. We learn that having a deer-sized brain is great for learning the history of humanity, but not so good for conflict resolution. Ending on a cliff-hanger, this episode has everything, murder, executions by the state, deep regret, origin stories from the monster, and even a Percy Bishy Shelley poem!

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    This book, and many others, can be found at Project Gutenberg. This isn’t a plug, it is just a super great website where you can read books for free. www.gutenberg.org

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    EP 7 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part I

    EP 7 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Part I

    Part I of III 

    The 1831 Final Cut version! The story of Little Franky Jr & one man’s horrid mistake.

    In the first half of the episode, we take a deep dive into the life & times of Mary Shelley, The Mother of Science Fiction, & the product of feminist-anarchist parents. We find out why losing your v/card to a Bishy on your mother’s grave makes you incredibly punk rock. In the second half of the show, we drill down into the text of our first novel-length book & learn why reanimating a Rubix-cube dead guy may not be the best idea.

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    This book, and many others, can be found at Project Gutenberg. This isn’t a plug, it is just a super great website where you can read books for free. www.gutenberg.org

    • 1 hr 44 min
    EP 6 : The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas Part II

    EP 6 : The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas Part II

    The tersest episode yet! Welcome to part 2 of The Corsican Brothers By Alexandre Dumas. This is the pithy, thrilling conclusion of the Duel Fueled economy. We talk Hen-dettas, what can happen if you are a Mexican Sea Captain who leaves their wife at home while sailing the open ocean. Bill Cosby’s ghost-dad pays a visit, psychic twins flex their powers & we receive no satisfaction from any of the characters, especially the evil-sounding “Château-Renault”

    • 1 hr 17 min
    EP 5 : The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas Part I

    EP 5 : The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas Part I

    Best yet! The Corsican Brothers By Alexandre Dumas. A book possibly inspired by the Cheech & Chong film of the same name. Listen to find out. This Episode features generational blood feuds, spiritual bonds, family honor, unreasonable vengeance, and emails. We talk prison hands, learn that your eyeballs are part of your brains, and play the very first every round of the “Conjoined Hands Everybody” game. 

    This book, and many others, can be found at Project Gutenberg. This isn’t a plug, it is just a super great website where you can read books for free. www.gutenberg.org

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    • 1 hr 23 min

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