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Literary Hangover

Summary: Literary Hangover is a podcast, released on the first and third Saturdays of each month, in which Matt Lech and his friends chat about fiction and the historical, social, and political forces behind the creation of it and represented by it.

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 11 - 'Hope Leslie' by Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1827) - Part 1: Vague Forebodings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:41

This is the public Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and access bonus content, become a patron at Hi everyone! At long last, the first episode on Catharine Maria Sedgwick's 'Hope Leslie, Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts. This week, Alex and I are joined by Grace to break down the whodunit? of Sedgwick's erasure from the American literary canon, the incredible amount of still-relevant social isssues she includes in her novel, as well as a look at some of the limitations of 19th century humanitarian liberalism. Thanks for the support. @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns References: Bell, Michael Davitt. "History and Romance Convention in Catharine Sedgwick's "Hope Leslie"." American Quarterly 22, no. 2 (1970): 213-21. doi:10.2307/2711644. CREMER, ANDREA ROBERTSON. "Possession: Indian Bodies, Cultural Control, and Colonialism in the Pequot War." Early American Studies6, no. 2 (2008): 295-345. Kalayjian, Patricia Larson. "Revisioning America's (Literary) Past: Sedgwick's "Hope Leslie"." NWSA Journal8, no. 3 (1996): 63-78.

 *UNLOCKED* Reading 'Hope Leslie,' Vol. 1, Preface & Ch 1-3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:25

Hi everyone! In preparation for the first Hope Leslie episode on Saturday, I'm unlocking (previously available at the first installment of my narration of Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts for members. These are the chapters that Grace, Alex, and I talk about. Once I'm finished, I'll upload it to Librivox where my (admittedly amateurish) narration will be immortalized in the public domain for as long as the internet exists. Not only is there not a good audiobook narration for Hope Leslie, there really isn't a very good free full text copy. The one linked above is only useful in PDF format. There's a good Penguin Classics edition of the book however. Some of the language is antiquated, so you may want a copy to read along with.

 10 - The Mystic Massacre & Pequot 'War' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:29

This is the free public Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and access bonus content become a patron at Hi everyone! Apologies for being a couple days late but it'll have been worth it as I think this came together nicely: to accompany Hope Leslie, a brief overview of the Pequot 'War' that is featured in the novel, New England's first genocide. Recommended reading: God, War, and Providence: The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians Against the Puritans of New England by James A Warren (2018) American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor (2001) Academic works cited: Katherine A. Grandjean. "New World Tempests: Environment, Scarcity, and the Coming of the Pequot War." The William and Mary Quarterly 68, no. 1 (2011): 75-100. Andrew C. Lipman. "Murder on the Saltwater Frontier: The Death of John Oldham." Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9, no. 2 (2011): 268-294 YouTube videos cited: Annowon Weeden discusses wampum with the Boston Children’s Museum Mystic Voices - The Pequot War Part 2 Massacre at Mystic Steven Crowder's dumb ass:

 9 - "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump" by Corey Robin (2017) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:32

Hi everyone! Chris and I return with a book club discussion on Corey Robin's "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," on of my favorite books on conservative ideology. TOPICS: Chapter 2, "On Counterrevolution," Conservatism as ideology of losers Majority Report Zero Sum Debate 4m23-8m25 Anger at a decadent ruling class Tucker Carlson Clips Ranting Against GOP and NIKE Corey Robin @ Harvard Law on the Second Edition 10m45-17m30 Trump/GOP surprising impotence. 47m-57m10 GOP/Reactionaries as Victims of Winning Third Audiobook Clip On Ayn Rand and Hitler's Capitalist Meritocracy (From 'Metaphysics & Chewing Gum, Ch 7) -Trump tax story: "Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father" -NY Times Check out the informationer newsletter: Follow us on twitter @LitHangover @AlecksGuns @ristotelian @infoer_ @mattlech

 8 - 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:54

Final Hawthorne for a bit! Alex returns and Kara premiers as we talk about 'The Scarlet Letter' as a the earliest story kids read that's fundamentally about sex, MTV Cribs, cuckold vengeance, and more. References: "Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne," C-SPAN, May 2001 Massachusetts Dress Ways: The Puritan Taste for Simple Clothes and “Sadd” Colors, 'Cat Person,' New Yorker, December 2017 Great Courses: Classics of American Literature

 7 - 'The Barbarous Years,' by Bernard Bailyn (2012) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:28

Hi everyone! Trying something different this week: Alex and I were joined by Chris to discuss a recent work of history by Barnard Bailyn, "The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675." Further references: Alan Taylor's review in The New Republic: Charles c. Mann's review in The NY Times: 'Regeneration Through Violence,' by Richard Slotkin Follow us on twitter @LitHangover @AlecksGuns @ristotelian @infoer_ @mattlech

 6 - 'The Custom-House: Introductory to The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:20

If you're enjoying The Literary Hangover, help make it sustainable by becoming a supporting at Today, we’re doing “The Custom-House,” which served as promo and introduction to The Scarlet Letter, as well as a score-settling political tract, topped off with a few defining paragraphs in which Hawthorne describes the process of “romantic” writing. Sources: Dustin Hannum, Sermons Out of Rags: Constitutionalism, Conspiracy Theory, and "Reading" the Scarlet Letter in Hawthorne's "Custom-House" Papers on Language & Literature. Spring 2015 Jorge Luis Borges on Nathaniel Hawthorne, via Immaculada Decepcion. ( “Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne,” C-SPAN, May 21, 2001 featuring Brenda Wineapple and Elisa New, hosted by Susan Swain ( “The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies,” by Alan Taylor, 2010 “The Crowninshield Elephant: The surprising story of Old Bet, the first elephant ever to be brought to America” By George G. Goodwin; Natural History, 1951 ( The Hathorne Curse, (

 5 - 'The May-Pole of Merry Mount' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1832) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:26

This is the public feed of Literary Hangover. If you're enjoying the show, consider supporting at Episode 5! Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," which first appeared in The Token and Atlantic Souvenir in 1832. It was later included in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of Hawthorne's short stories, in 1837. It tells the story of the colony of Mount Wollaston, or Merry Mount, a 17th-century British colony located in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts. The story does not include "Merry Mount's" leader, Thomas Morton, who was a super interesting guy and, as I'll argue, America's first "globalist." @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns References: Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne (CSPAN, May 21, 2001) "The very hydra of the time": Morton's New English Cannan and Atlantic trade" by Daniel Walden, Early American Literature. 48.2 (Spring 2013) Jorge Luis Borges on Hawthorne "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies," by Alan Taylor "Hawthorne: A Life,"by Brenda Wineapple

 4 - 'Young Goodman Brown' by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1835) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:00:22

This is the free public version of Literary Hangover. To support us and access bonus content, head to and become a member. This week Alex and I discuss one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's earliest short stories, 'Young Goodman Brown,' published anonymously in The New-England Magazine in 1835. References: Dr. Barry Wood's lectures from 1997 on Hawthorne and Puritans from U. of Houston, 'Nathaniel Hawthorne: Return to Puritanism.' ( Hawthorne biographer Brenda Wineapple on CSPAN in 2003, talking about her book (also referenced) 'Hawthorne: A Life." ( Brian Roberg's Librivox narration of 'Young Goodman Brown.' ( 'An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States' by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 'A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience' by Emerson W. Baker Follow us on twitter: @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns

 3 - 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving (1820) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:02

This is the free public version of Literary Hangover. To support us and access bonus content, head to and become a member. Hello everyone. Alex and I are back with another discussion of a famous early Washington Irving tale, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.' We talk about Ichabod Crane as a cautionary tale for a "new man" moving to an insular American village. What does the killing of Ichabod, the supersitious, voracious, friend-zoned school teacher tell us about American openness to the stranger? Follow us on twitter: @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns References: Listen to the full 90-minute story as read by Librivox volunteer Bob Neufeld here. Biographer Brian Jay Jones on Irving at the New York Society Library

 2 - 'Rip Van Winkle' by Washington Irving (1819) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:26

Hello everyone. Alex joins me this week to discuss Washington Irving's short story, Rip Van Winkle, a pioneering narrative inbeing annoyed with ones wife. This is the public version of Literary Hangover. To support the show, consider becoming a patron at, giving reviews in iTunes, Stitcher, etc and most happily telling your friends Follow us on twitter: @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns References: "Peter Klaus," the folk tale Rip Van WInkle was based upon. Biographer Brian Jay Jones on Irving at the New York Society Library Michael Warner, "Irving's Posterity" in ELH (Fall 2000) "The American Experience: A Collection of Great American Stories" at Audible "Washington Irving and the Conservative Imagination," Allen Guttmann, American Literature (May, 1964)

 1 - 'The Spy' by James Fenimore Cooper (1821) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:47

Matt and Alex (@Alecks_Guns) talk about the first popular "American" novel in James Fenimore Cooper's "The Spy," and how Americans have learned to view the revolution. Special thanks to Grant Ertl of Aquanaut Media for the Literary Hangover podcast artwork. Twitter: @LitHangover References: The Spy, read by Flo Gibson (available through Audible) The Spy, read by the Librivox community. The James Fenimore Cooper Society at State University of New York College at Oneonta “The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America” by Gerald Horne "Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe ," by J Gerald Kennedy "Who Reads an American Book?" (1820) by Reverend Sydney Smith “American Revolutions: A Continental History,” 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor “Fenimore Cooper's America” by Alan Taylor, History Today. 46.2 (Feb. 1996) “The Unruly City: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution,” by Mike Rapport “Cooper's The Spy and the Popular Spy Novel,” by Bruce A. Rosenberg, American Transcendental Quarterly (1993)


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