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Empire and Extravagance - Reading Émile Zola - Episode 22

Today, we venture back to 19th-century Imperial France, in two vivid novels of Émile Zola: The Ladies' Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) and The Kill (La Curée).

Links / Further Reading:
Zoladdiction 2018 - FandaClassiclit blog

"Humanzees" and The Island of Doctor Moreau - Episode 21

A magazine article provoked me to re-read H. G. Well's sci-fi horror classic, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Join my trip back in time as I talk about a Soviet scientist, a British author, and human-chimpanzee people.

Sources / Further Reading:
"It’s Time to Make Human-Chimp Hybrids" by David Barash
Articles referencing Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov:
H. G. Wells's The New World Order
H. G. Wells vs. George Orwell (The Conversation)
"The Comprachicos" by John Kaiser (JSTOR)
"Wanting Babies Like Themselves, Some Parents Choose Genetic Defects" (New York Times)

Favorite Authors: Franz Kafka - Episode 20

In this episode, I reminisce over the time I met Franz Kafka and my own "metamorphosis" as I discovered his Kafkaesque world.

Getting Older with Peter Pan - Episode 19

We start off Season 2 with a journey to the Never Land - the dangerous yet dazzling world of Peter Pan, where even grownups can learn a thing or two.

Links / Further Reading:
J. M. Barrie's "Atrocious" Cricket Club
"The Adventure of the Two Collaborators"
"Perceptions of Childhood" - Reynolds, The British Library
"Wendy" song - Peter Pan Live!
Opening quote read by Will Ching (LibriVox)