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Classics Without All the Class Ep #12: Kevin Smokler’s Kind of People

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #12: Kevin Smokler’s Kind of People

This time on the podcast, the Tators find out what DTF stands for and how it relates to women’s book choices when they travel (spoiler: it really doesn’t relate), geek out about Out of Print’s Great Gatsby Game and share their bookmarks.

Also there’s a mini “CWAtC on the Go” as the Tators recount their recent visit to the Steinbeck House and National Steinbeck Museum. Also featured is CWAtC’s first author interview with Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics:  50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School. To wrap it up the Tators discuss their assigned reading in school and the possible rereads that have occurred and are possible to come.

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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

If you’re anything like me, you took a little extra time while reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire to visualize the passages in which he describes the foods of his world. He pays special attention to describing the meals in loving detail, encouraging my inner fatty to fantasize about shoveling all of that food into my face while sitting next to some of my favorite characters from the books.

Apparently Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer felt the same way, as they set out to recreate the meals described by Martin throughout the novels. The resulting cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, is quite delightful.

These ladies really did their research, converting original medieval recipes to accommodate the modern kitchen. The cookbook itself is organized by the geographical regions in Martin’s world, from as far North as the Wall, South to Dorne, and even across the Narrow Sea to Meereen and Tyrosh.  Where possible, the authors include the original medieval recipe as well as suggested pairings with other recipes to create delicious, authentic meals. I also plan on actually eating all of them – even the Honey Spiced Locusts and Fiery Dornish Rattlesnake.

I will be quite honest and include both opinions of these dishes’ taste and those of whomever I can find to eat these dishes with me. Chelsea and Sariann also have their own blog where you can find some of the recipes they are working on. They also give commentary and pointers on their recipes. I would like to do something along those lines, but you will be receiving advice and commentary from a complete, self-confessed amateur.

Oftentimes when I read a recipe, I find myself wanting a slightly “simpler” explanation of what is going on – the chef who wrote the recipe obviously knows what they are doing, but I don’t always know what they mean! Hopefully knowing that someone out there is picking up this cookbook for the first time, and learning to cook these dishes for the first time will encourage you to buy the cookbook and try it out for yourself!

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #11: Brave New World

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #11: Brave New World

Episode 11 starts off with Tators Karena, Jeane and Jared chattering about crepes and burping garlic. Next we me ove on to forum news and chat about databases, the Harper Lee lawsuit and weird things customers say to booksellers. There’s some bookmark-sharing, then we jump into the discussion of Brave New World and Aldous Huxley.

Wrapping up the podcast is the announcement of July’s book as well as setting up the selections for August.

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Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages: Part One

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Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages: Part One

I don’t want to run a halfway decent idea into the ground, but I had so much fun with the “Ten Books, A Thousand Pages” project (Part One is here, and Part Two here) that I had to do it again. So I present The Return of Ten Books, A Thousand Pages, wherein I pick ten science fiction or fantasy books from the front-and-center display of the bookstore and read the first 100 pages of each to see if it’s something you (or I) would want to finish reading.

The idea is to do a quick and dirty review of the books that are going to be in your face the next time you’re out shopping or browsing the Recommended Reading sections online. And honestly, if a book can’t capture your attention in a hundred pages, I think it’s safe to find something you might like better.

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #10: Shakespeare and San Francisco

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #10: Shakespeare and San Francisco

This time on Classics Without All the Class, the Tators give the details on Shelftator Angie’s “The Year of the Gadfly” project. Jared and Karena give a heads up on the new tv show Hannibal, then the gang shares where their bookmarks are. The Tators also get together with Heather, a CWAtCer in San Francisco during their bookstore tour.

Then they share their favorite poetry for National Poetry Month and share some Shakespearian insults in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. “The Top 10 Best Feuds in Literature” wraps it all up.

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #9 Sherlock Holmes is My Homie

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Classics Without All the Class Ep #9 Sherlock Holmes is My Homie

On this episode the Tators announce their first author interview with Kevin Smokler for the mid May episode who will be on to talk about his book Practical Classics. The details for the San Francisco trip on April 6th are also finalized. Jared shares his love for buzzfeed.com, Jeane talks about some bad book covers and they speculate the future of Goodreads with the Amazon.com acquisition. After “Where’s my bookmark?” the Tators get into the discussion of March’s book pick which was reader’s choice of any Sherlock Holmes novels. 

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Classics Without All the Class #8: The Bad Girls (and Boys) of Literature

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Classics Without All the Class #8: The Bad Girls (and Boys) of Literature

 

On Episode 8 “The Bad Girls (and Boys) of Literature” Jared, Jeane, and Karena spill about recent forum activity including our Sherlock Holmes discussion. Karena shares her experience at an armchair read of the “odd” chapters of The Grapes of Wrath and Jared expresses his appreciation for TedTalks. CWAtC is coming to San Francisco on April 6th! More details to be announced. Then the hosts get into the nitty gritty of the bad girls (and boys) of literature in our first part of the series “Archetypes.” What families made it on to the Top 10 literary families you’d like to live with?

 

Also, listen for details on how to win an invite to rifflebooks.com.

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Classics Without All the Class #7: Life of Pi

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Classics Without All the Class #7: Life of Pi

This episode finds our fearless Booktators Karena and Jeane welcoming a third host to the podcast: our Techtator Jared, who promises to add some nonfiction viewpoints and male perspective to the show. We’ll see if he can deliver.

Gametator Laura has a new game on the forums and we clear up how book selections are made after some forum shenanigans. We delved into Life of Pi by Yann Martel, but not before Karena finally tackles the elusive New Adult category and Jared shares the pros of bibliophiles using Bento. We wrap up the podcast by announcing May’s book selection and set up June’s choices.

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Classics without all the Class #6 – The Episode that Almost Wasn’t

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Classics without all the Class #6 – The Episode that Almost Wasn’t

This episode was the episode that almost wasn’t. Jeane and Karena were wrought with technical difficulties before the recording even began. Luckily CWAtC’s fearless Techtator saved the day.

On this episode Classics Without All the Class is still in the middle of Life of Pi by Yann Martel and a new logo has been unveiled. Karena goes a bit fangirl over the Edgar Allan Poe game and Jeane shares her Jane Austen experience. The Booktators share where their bookmarks are and then go into the featured segment of notable African American authors for Black History Month then wrap up the episode revealing the Top 10 Classical Literary couples in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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Classics Without All the Class Podcast!

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Classics Without All the Class Podcast!

#A MESSAGE INCOMING FROM PLEEK# <Begin Transmission>Greetings human vistors! WebDroid Pleek here with exciting news! Commencing today and every other Monday to follow PixelatedGeek.com we are proud to present a new podcast by the lovely and talented females Jeane and Karena called, “Classics Without All the Class.” If you have the emotion of affection for books and novels than this podcast has a 100% chance of being your new favorite.  Please listen and enjoy! <End Transmission>

On this episode, Jeane and Karena announce a new Gametator, discuss January’s selection, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, reveal the poll results for April’s book and the poll choices for May’s book to movie month.

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