Rip Van Winkle & Termagant Women: characterization, drunken naps, Romanticism & Captain Kirk

A 60-minute episode in which we discuss getting drunk and falling asleep for twenty years, Washington Irving’s fantastic characterization, the one book Kaisha refuses to read, and Kelsey’s insistence that Captain Kirk is the ideal Romantic Era hero.

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Bookish Rants: 

Kaisha tells us why she absolutely refuses to read American Psycho.

Author Rants:

  • How’d the last assignment that Kaisha gave Kelsey go?
    • So Friday Kaisha texted Kelsey a podcast episode from PubCrawl. The mission: to listen and then pick 1 agent and query them.
    • Kelsey chose Jason Yarn, but before she does she wants to:
      • take a look at the books he reps and really dig into who he is.
      • personalize her letter to him.
    • Reasons why she hasn’t followed through–squirrels, terrible twos, drinking games on twitter, rejection.

Which brings us to Prompt Up:

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Short Story Pow-wow:

  • The collection where the story can be found
    • Tellers of Tales by Somerset Maugham
    • “The definitive anthology of the short story”
    • 1939
  • Today’s story discussion:
    • “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  • Timed Summary of Rip Van Winkle (can Kelsey make it in time?)
  • Discussion-
    • Kelsey’s notes:
    • OMG, this guy’s name: Dietrich Knickerbocker
    • Love the description of the house as a book– “looked upon it as a little clasped volume of black letter, and studied it with the zeal of a book-worm.”
    • “It is still held dear by many folk whose good opinion is well worth having, particularly by certain biscuit bakers, who have gone so far as to imprint his likeness on their new year cakes, and have just given him a chance for immortality, almost equal to being stamped on a Waterloo medal or a queen Anne’s farthing.”
    • “A termagant wife may, therefore, and some respects, be considered a tolerable blessing; and if so, rip van winkle was thrice blessed.”
  • Theodore Sturgeon’s “The Man Who Lost the Sea
  • Hilarious Faulkner article: “Reading William Faulkner: Closely and repeatedly, ideally
  • Balzac’s “The Grande Breteche
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Nerd Girl Lit and Books, quirks, and intrigues, oh my!

Wrap Up

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