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.
This is the free Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and get occasional premium content, become a member at patreon.com/LiteraryHangover Alex and Matt are once again joined by Grace, this time to discuss 'The Song of Hiawatha' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an epic poem published in 1855. We discuss: trochaic tetrameter!, Native American Christ, Longfellow's timidity and desire to speak out on issues like slavery, The New York Times' racism, Edgar Allan Poe's racism, inevitablism, video game bosses, pestilence comes from the wealthy, and why "civic nationalism has always been a lie to apologize for race-based violence. A+ narration by Peter Yearsley at Librivox Sources: Lepore, Jill. How Longfellow Woke the Dead. The American Scholar. March 2, 2011. McClatchy, JD. “Bookend; Return to Gitche Gumee.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2000. New York Times. 1855 December 28. "Longfellow's Poem": The Song of Hiawatha, Anonymous review. Slotkin, Richard. 1973. Regeneration through violence: the mythology of the American frontier, 1600-1860. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press. Ziskin, Laura, Avi Arad, Alvin Sargent, Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, et al. 2004. Spider-Man 2. Culver City, Calif: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. Charles Calhoun on his book, Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life https://youtu.be/f7QsL_7SEcQ @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns @gracejackson
This is the free Literary Hangover feed. To support the show AND ACCESS THE REGULAR UPCOMING MEMBERS-ONLY SERIES ON GEORGE ORWELL, become a Patron at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover Next Orwell episode will be on his 1937 essay "Spilling the Spanish Beans." Quick note for Patrons: As mentioned in the episode, Alex and I will be doing periodic premium episodes on Orwell essays over the coming months as a thank you for your support. Our first George Orwell episode, of many! This time, his essay 'Looking Back on the Spanish War' written August 1942, with sections I, II, III, and VII printed in New Road, June 1943. Alex gives us an overview of religious and monarchical conflict in pre-modern Spain. Libertarian Socialism/Anarchism's early success in Spain. Franco's counterrevolutionary coup. Orwell's critique of the away-from-the-front left. Why right-wing atrocities are, as a rule, worse than leftist atrocities. Orwell's attempt to join the communists, becoming a Trotskyist, sympathy for Anarchists, and eventual smearing as a Fascist by Stainists. Why both Liberals and Communists downplayed the revolutionary nature of the war to focus on fighting fascism. Orwell's fear for the future of history under totalitarianism. How the US and UK let fascism win in Spain. Why the working class is, long term, fascisms biigest threat. Why there is hardly ever a war in which it doesn't matter who wins. Sources: 'Animal Farm,' BBC's In Our Time podcast, September 2016 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wgkz4 'The Spanish Civil War,' BBC's In Our Time podcast, April 2003 Shelden, Michael. 1991. Orwell: The Authorized Biography. New York, NY: HarperCollins. Hochschild, Adam. 2017. Spain in our hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Beevor, Antony. 2006. The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
This is the free Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and get occasional premium content, become a member at patreon.com/LiteraryHangover Today, joining Matt (@MattLech) and Alex (@Alecks_Guns) is David Griscom (@DavidGriscom) of The Michael Brooks Show and sinthome.com. We're discussing Oscar Wilde's 1891 essay, 'The Soul of Man under Socialism' and it's continued, though submerged, relevance. How earnest is Oscar Wilde's socialism? Oscar Wilde's mother as a revolutionary poet in Dublin during the great famine. Wilde's opposition to private property. Private property vs. Personal property. William Morris and a brief look into the socialistic/medieval nostalgic Arts & Crafts movement. Matt misuses the word "triage." Oscar Wilde, a fully-automated luxury space communist? Oscar Wilde's criminal justice bona fides. What's the role of the state in Wilde's anarcho-socialism? Sources: Full audiobook: https://librivox.org/the-soul-of-man-by-oscar-wilde/ 'Some Notes on Wilde's Socialism,' Peter van de Kamp and Patrick Leahy. The Crane Bag, Vol. 7, No. 1, Socialism & Culture (1983), pp. 141-150 O'Sullivan, Emer. 2016. The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and his Family.
This is the free feed for Literary Hangover. To support the show, become a member at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover On this episode, Alex, Grace, and Matt discuss King Philip's War (or Metacomet's Rebellion) and the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson that resulted from it. The economic, legal, and cultural forces that drove Metacomet and the Wampanoags to take up arms against the settlers. Praying Indians at Harvard and the Eliot Indian bible as a cultural weapon. Captivity and missionary narratives as "safe" ways for colonists to experience the wilderness. Extended excerpts from the Mary Rowlandson's narrative. Tobacco. References: '500 Nations' miniseries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIJApxO6auE&t=965s Slotkin, Richard. 1973. Regeneration through violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press. WARREN, JAMES A. 2019. GOD, WAR, AND PROVIDENCE: the epic struggle of roger williams and the narragansett indians ... against the puritans of new england. SCRIBNER.
Hi patrons! This week, Alex, Grace and I go through Henry James' 1879 biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne (how James' biography is more about James). Sensitive and insecure America and listen to an unabridged reading of Hawthorne's 1835 short story, 'Wakefield' about a man who leaves his wife without explanation only to live nearby and watch her for decades. Sources: McCall, Dan. "Henry James's Hawthorne." New England Review (1990-) 18, no. 4 (1997): 111-18. Matthew Peters; "Henry James's Hawthorne," The Cambridge Quarterly, Volume 42, Issue 4, 1 December 2013, Pages 305–317 "Hawthorne" by Henry James, narrated by Flo Gibson 'Wakefield' in Twice-Told Tales by Hawthorne on Librivox. https://librivox.org/twice-told-tales-by-nathaniel-hawthorne/
Hi Listeners! This is a free edition of Literary Hangover. To support the show, become a member at patreon.com/literaryhangover On todays show, Alex and I discuss "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall," a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in the June 1835 issue of the monthly magazine Southern Literary Messenger. A satire on the rising popularity of the sensationalist penny press magazines like The Sun, this story is as much a media critique as it is an early example of science fiction. References: The Folklorist, "The Great Moon Hoax.” YouTube, YouTube, 17 Oct. 2013, youtube.com/watch?v=azlz163nN-A. Full story narration available via Librivox.org: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Raven Edition, Volume 1 https://librivox.org/the-works-of-edgar-allan-poe-raven-edition-volume-1/ "The Historical Novel" by Georg Lukacs (originally 1937) Full PDF: https://thecharnelhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Georg-Luka%CC%81cs-The-Historical-Novel.pdf How Great Science Fiction Works by Professor Gary K. Wolfe, Ph.D. in The Great Courses series. Dinius, M. J. (2004), Poe's Moon Shot: “Hans Phaall” and the Art and Science of Antebellum Print Culture. Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism, 37: 1-10 Martinez, Carlo. "E. A. Poe's "Hans Pfaall," the Penny Press, and the Autonomy of the Literary Field." The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12, no. 1 (2011): 6-31. "Balloon Boy" Falcon Henne Admits: "We Did This For The Show" https://youtu.be/wI6UONWCq7A
Inside: Whigs as Zombie Federalists. The Eminem of the "Jump Jim Crow" dance. Inheritence as control by the dead. 19th century amusements: soap bubbles still hot. Trains will make homes obsolete and the telegraph was the internet. feat. @Alecks_Guns and @MattLech Sources: Cook, Jonathan A. "“The Most Satisfactory Villain That Ever Was”: Charles W. Upham and The House of the Seven Gables." The New England Quarterly 88, no. 2 (2015): 252-285. David Grant. "The Death of Anti-Whiggery in The House of the Seven Gables." ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 63, no. 1 (2017): 79-117. https://muse.jhu.edu/ Ashby, LeRoy. With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture since 1830. University Press of Kentucky, 2006. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2jcqsr. Utopian Socialists by Youtuber 'robert King' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRrHBScLhQA
Support the show at patreon.com/literaryhangover Alex and Matt talk Anne Bradstreet's "The Prologue" and "A Dialogue Between Old England and New," originally published in 1650 in The Tenth Muse, lately Sprung up in America, a collection often said to have been published without Anne's full awareness and which saw her become the first poet, male or female, from the "New World." We also discuss the context of patriarchal repression illustrated by the Anne Hutchinson trials and the place of women in colonial New England. @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns References: 'Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet' by Charlotte Gordon (2005) 'The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic' by Peter Linebaugh & Marcus Rediker (2000) Full book here: (https://libcom.org/library/many-headed-hydra-peter-linebaugh-marcus-rediker/) Elizabeth Klett's recording of "The Tenth Muse" at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/tenthmuse_elizabethklett)
Chris and I discuss Nancy MacLean's controversial 2017 book 'Democracy in Chains' and the right-wing attack on Democracy. Is James Buchanan the Machiavelli of Libertarianism or its Forrest Gump? Thanks for listening! Please leave a review on iTunes or wherever is easiest and consider supporting the show with patreon.com/literaryhangover Matt (@MattLech) Chris (@ristotelian) @LitHangover References: MacLean's defense: 'The Controversy over Democracy in Chains' by Andy Seal https://s-usih.org/2017/07/the-controversy-over-democracy-in-chains/ 'School Vouchers, James Buchanan, and Segregation' by John Jackson https://altrightorigins.com/2017/08/06/school-vouchers-segregation/ 'Ideas Have Consequences: The Impact of Law and Economics on American Justice' by Elliott Ash, Daniel L. Chen, Suresh Naidu http://elliottash.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ash-chen-naidu-2018-07-15.pdf MacLean's critics: "The Sound of Silence. A Review Essay of Nancy Maclean's Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America," by Jean-Baptiste Fleury and Alain Marciano https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3175135 "On the Origins and Goals of Public Choice Constitutional Conspiracy?" By Michael C. Munger http://www.independent.org/issues/article.asp?id=9115 Other references "Why Does Freedom Wax and Wane? Some Research Questions in Social Change and Big Government" by Tyler Cowen https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/cowen_freedom_wax_and_wane_v3.pdf "Tax-funded charter schools textbooks deny evolution, teach human-dinosaur cohabitation, endorse slavery and indigenous genocide" via Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/06/02/idiocracy-prequel.html "Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy" via The Nation https://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/
Back again with more coverage of Hope Leslie by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, we follow the story through the end of Volume 1. Including discussion of storytelling's place in liberal progress, the hands-on patriarchy of the colonial period, and more. @LitHangover @mattlech @Alecks_Guns @gracejackson 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. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23546576. Kalayjian, Patricia Larson. "Revisioning America's (Literary) Past: Sedgwick's "Hope Leslie"." NWSA Journal8, no. 3 (1996): 63-78. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4316461. Weierman, Karen Woods. "Reading and Writing "Hope Leslie": Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Indian "Connections"." The New England Quarterly 75, no. 3 (2002): 415-43. doi:10.2307/1559786.
Hi all, here is the third installment of my narration of Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts for members. This is the end of Volume 1. To support the show, consider becoming a member at patreon.com/literaryhangover
Hi all, in preparations for the this week's episode, Part 2 on Hope Leslie, here is the second installment of my narration originally released for for members. To support the show, consider becoming a member at patreon.com/literaryhangover
This is the public Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and access bonus content, become a patron at patreon.com/literaryhangover 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. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23546576. Kalayjian, Patricia Larson. "Revisioning America's (Literary) Past: Sedgwick's "Hope Leslie"." NWSA Journal8, no. 3 (1996): 63-78. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4316461.
Hi everyone! In preparation for the first Hope Leslie episode on Saturday, I'm unlocking (previously available at Patreon.com/literaryhangover) 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. https://archive.org/details/hopeleslieorearl01sedg
This is the free public Literary Hangover feed. To support the show and access bonus content become a patron at patreon.com/literaryhangover 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUZRsT7rGMs&t=2s Mystic Voices - The Pequot War https://youtu.be/oPjGprOVtsQ Part 2 https://youtu.be/UeWqRq9NrRc Massacre at Mystic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLWthdTU7CY&t=2117s Steven Crowder's dumb ass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxYVbC283uM