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The Great Schism: Jennifer and Paige Clash Over Jane Eyre

Show Notes for Episode 1.18 Check out the episode below! I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre Quick Links from the Episode For more information on the Bronte family, check out this truly extensive Wikipedia article. This […]

Ghost of Sexual Harassers Past: Balancing Quality and Morality in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Show Notes for Episode 1.17 Check out the episode below! Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. Isaac Asimov, Foundation Quick Links from the Episode The big three of science fiction (i.e. the folks considered to be the founding members of the modern genre): Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, […]

Proto-Feminism in Science Fiction: The Left Hand of Darkness

Show Notes for Episode 2.5 Quick Links from the Episode Folio Facts: What is the oldest bookstore in the world? The answer is Livraria Bertrand, or Bertrand bookstore, in Lisbon, Portugal. First founded in 1732 by Pedro Faure, Bertrand has survived nearly three centuries of continuous operation. To learn more about this store, as well […]

Clever Girl: The Devastating Hubris in Jurassic Park

Show Notes for Episode 2.4 Quick Links from the Episode Folio Facts: You may have heard of the Library of Alexandria, tragically lost in a fire. But have you heard of the sacking of the Library of Baghdad? Called Bayt al-Hikma, or the House of Wisdom, this enormous repository was the hub of caliph-sponsored scholarship […]

Paige’s Favorite Book: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Quick Links from the Episode Folio Facts: The smell of old books is known as bibliosmia and is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by the materials of the book. Scientists can now measure the state of preservation of a book by testing this smell using chromatography and spectroscopy. BBE Bookstore: Jennifer presented Sapiens, […]