F***bois of Literature : A podcast about toxic people in books

By Emily Edwards

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The comedy podcast about toxic characters, writers, and tropes of literature and legend. Join host Emily Edwards to discuss feminist literature, toxic masculinity, gender roles, and intersectional representation in books. These are the Fuckbois of Literature.

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11: The Importance of Being Earnest- Part 1- Claire Willett
Writer Claire Willett (@clairewillett) joins host Emily Edwards for an in-depth conversation about Oscar Wilde, puns, and the duality of personality in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

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Jack Worthing, under the assumed name of Ernest, is in town to propose to Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his friend Algernon Moncrieff. Gwendolen accepts but her mother, Lady Bracknell, refuses to let her marry as Jack/Ernest doesn't have the correct lineage. Algernon learns that his friend Ernest is actually named Jack, and Jack's country life secrets away a hot, young, female ward, whom Algernon decides to seduce on one of his "Bunbury" weekends– "Bunbury" being the name he gives a fictional friend whom he must visit whenever he needs to get out of town. Algernon takes on the guise of Ernest, who in the country is Jack's fictional brother that lives in town, to visit the family home. Jack's ward, Cecily, immediately decides she must marry him, this fictional Ernest whom she has heard so much about. Both men, taking on the name and disguise of Ernest, must convince their chosen spouses to marry them despite the fact that they are not the man they say they are.
Apr 21, 2021
10: The Sun Also Rises - Joe Berkowitz
[CW: Antisemitism, racism, self-harm, impotence] Fast Company staff writer Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) joins me this week to discuss Ernest Hemingway's first novel THE SUN ALSO RISES. A story steeped in violence, hate, antisemitism, and bullfighting lends itself to no sympathy and deep questions about how we interact with bigotry.

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American journalist in Paris, Jake Barnes, decides to take a trip with a group of friends for the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. He is accompanied by British woman, Lady Brett Ashley, her fiancé, Mike, and Jewish businessman, Robert Cohn. The group detests Cohn for his Jewishness, but allow him to pay for their trip. Jake and Brett are seemingly in love, but cannot consummate their feelings for Jake was left with a war injury that renders him unable to have sex. Mike seems not to care that Brett is having an emotional affair with Jake and a physical affair with both Cohn and a young bullfighter. Everyone is drunk all the time, and despicable. Based on Ernest Hemingway's real vacation. 
Apr 14, 2021
9: America: On the Field & On the Page
This week, we discuss the multi-facted nature of American sportswriting, and why American writers of the 20th century loved a great sports narrative. From Hemingway to Malamud to Updike, the Great American Novel probably features at least one jock.

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Apr 07, 2021
8: The Natural - Malavika Praseed / Your Favorite Book
Malavika of Your Favorite Book podcast (@yfbpodcast) is here to discuss HER favorite book, Bernard Malamud's epic tale of Roy Hobbs, Wonderboy, and seedy criminal underpinnings of professional ball in THE NATURAL.

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Summary of THE NATURAL:

Before he died, Roy Hobbs's father told him he was "a natural" at America's past-time. After fashioning a baseball bat from a tree felled by lightning, pitcher Roy attempts to try out for the Chicago Cubs. But before he can get to the game, he's felled by a female fan's bullet to the chest. He disappears from the game for 15 years, only to re-emerge as a star player for the New York Knights at the decrepit age of 34. Roy, now obsessed with the team manager's nogoodnik niece Memo and her "godfather," a bookie with aims to fix the world series, Roy's desire for greatness is shut down by a great pair of legs and, I am not joking, deadly high blood pressure. 
Mar 31, 2021
7: Shakespeare's Other Witches
After discussing THE WINTER'S TALE with Lauren Emily Whalen last week, I began to obsess over the role of incantation and women's speech in THE WINTER'S TALE and other Shakespeare plays. The quantity, quality, and goals of women's speech in Shakespeare's plays is directly tied to the view of womanhood and witchcraft under King James I of England.

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Mar 24, 2021
6: The Winter's Tale - Lauren Emily Whalen
Lauren Emily Whalen (@LaurenEmilyWri) joins us this week to discuss the Shakespearean magical comedy/tragedy THE WINTER’S TALE. It’s weirdly #GirlBoss forward with a healthy dash of classist beyond belief, and a smidgeon of body horror. What could go wrong?

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Mar 17, 2021
5: Hercule Poirot - Andrew Rostan
My dear friend Andrew Rostan (@AndrewRostan) is back from our Season 1 episode on David Foster Wallace to get to the conspicuous details of everyone’s favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Is he even a fuckboi? Andrew says yes, Emily says no. Listen to two nerds discuss Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery sleuth this week on Fuckbois of Literature.

Watch the absolutely dynamite opening credits of AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT starring David Suchet here: https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/agatha-christies-poirot/ 

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Mar 10, 2021
4: The Guide - Amrita By The Book
Amrita (@AmritaIQ) from the dynamite #Booktube channel AMRITA BY THE BOOK ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmyb1ZvLmaDLBsen6QQrO4A ) is here to discuss one of the most important texts from colonial India: R.K. Narayan’s THE GUIDE. Analogous to WIlliam Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County or LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, Narayan’s fictional Malgudi is home to Railway Raju, a man who schemes, plans, and falls into becoming a point of spiritual hope in a drought-stricken community.

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For a summary of THE GUIDE, skip to 28:01

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Mar 03, 2021
3: The Age of Innocence - Jason Diamond
Author and editor Jason Diamond (@ImJasonDiamond) joins us to discuss one of the most strikingly modern books of the 1920s, set in the 1870s: Edith Wharton's THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. Deserving of a modern critique on the blissful happiness and absolute despair of New York's Gilded Age, we discuss ostentatious wealth, literary anti-Semitism, and just how badly we miss going to parties.

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Feb 24, 2021
2: Scott Pilgrim - Andy Michaels
Self-proclaimed comic book geek Andy Michaels (@StopThatAndy/@at0micgh0st) is here to discuss one of the more formative graphic novels of our shared teen/twenties years: SCOTT PILGRIM by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Twenty-three year old Scott has to battle Manic Pixie Dream Girl Ramona's seven evil exes in order to win her partnership– but he hasn't quite told his seventeen year old girlfriend, Knives Chau, that he's fighting for another girl's love. Exes, bands, and surprisingly racist caricatures come fighting in this poppy graphic novel series.

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Feb 17, 2021
1: Lady Chatterley's Lover - The Feminist Critique

D.H. Lawrence's much-maligned classic LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER gets a much needed FBOL critique with Aislene and Gracie of The Feminist Critique! The book was notorious for being the subject of a British obscenity trial, on the grounds of the language used in the book. But far and away, the most obscene aspects of Lady Chatterley and Mr. Mellors? Flowers where flowers shouldn't go. Keep in contact with THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE on their twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/feministcritique or on Twitter at @SouthofGrace @AisleneS and @FeministCrit

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Feb 10, 2021
BONUS: F boi of Literature, T.S. Eliot
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is known more now as the source material for Andrew Lloyd Webber's coke-fueled nightmare of a stage show CATS and its subsequent and somehow scarier film released to cinemas in late 2019 starring an awful lot of people who should've known better. Its author, T.S. Eliot, was one of the most famous poets to emerge from the era of modernism, and carries with him many of the hallmarks of the literary movement, including but not limited to: virulent antisemitism, a fascist leaning, and really effed up relationships to women. 

Jan 07, 2021
38: Christmas Eve - Dani Ryan
My favorite guest Danielle Ryan (@DaniRat) is here to talk all about Nikolai Gogol’s novella, CHRISTMAS EVE. While other stories revolve around the sweet baby Jesus asleep in his manger or maybe a tree, CHRISTMAS EVE acknowledges the existence of the Church but is mostly about how the entire city of Dykanka is here to fuck with the Devil. Read the full text: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Night_of_Christmas_Eve
The story opens with a description of the winter scenery of DikankaUkraine, a witch flying across the night sky and the devil stealing the moon and hiding it in his pocket, first playing with it in the sky, which no one in the village notices. Since it is the night before Christmas, the devil is free to roam around and torment people as he pleases, so he decides to find a way to get back at the village blacksmith, Vakula, because he paints religious art in the church.
Dec 23, 2020
37: Nothing Lasts Forever - Val
Val (@WhiskeyAndSpite) from our episode on CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was kind enough to sit with me the day before the 2020 election, talk me off a ledge, and discuss 1979's fucked up classic NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, which you might know better as 1988's action movie classic DIE HARD. It's the only book-to-screen adaptation where EVERYTHING is different and EVERYTHING is the same.

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Joe Leland, a retired police detective, P.I., and terrorism expert, is visiting his daughter Steffie at her high-powered holiday Christmas party in Los Angeles, that eventually becomes a hostage situation for a group of sociopathic Nazi terrorists. 
Dec 16, 2020
36: The Picture of Dorian Gray - Liv Albert of MYTHS, BABY
Liv Albert of the phenomenal podcast LET'S TALK ABOUT MYTHS, BABY is here to discuss her new book, as well as a perennial favorite of ours: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde. It's our first Wilde podcast in two years! 

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Painter Basil Hallward has a secret– he's met his muse, in a 17 year old boy named Dorian Gray. Unable to hide his secret obsession, he introduces Dorian to his friend, Lord Henry Wotton. Lord Henry, known to be a cad and leading rather the extravagent life, delights in teasing the boy and introducing him to a path off the straight and narrow. As Dorian toys more with habits and proclivities not endorsed by Victorian society, the portrait of himself painted by Basil begins to physically alter. After approximately three murders, Dorian finally meets his downfall after several decades.
Dec 09, 2020
35: King Lear - Avant Bard
Friends! This week's show features the phenomenal podcasters behind the Avant Bard podcast (@AvantBardPod), Megan and Marquez! This week, we discuss sexy blood orgies, the good servants, and how we thought Twitter would be the politician truth teller. Alas. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Avant Bard today!  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/avant-bard/id1519249531
At the opening of the play, Gloucester announces to the room that his favorite kid is a bastard. It all gets worse from there when King Lear declares his daughters should beg for his benevolence by having an adoration competition to see who inherits his kingdom while he goes off into a Jimmy Buffett style retirement of drinking and carousing. The two oldest, Goneril and Regan, get into shenanigans while Cordelia just gets married off to the King of France. Literally everyone dies. Spoiler alert.
Dec 02, 2020
34: The Sandman - Heath Miller
[CONTENT WARNING: Torture and sexual assault.] Actor and audiobook narrator Heath Miller (Twitter: @VeryHeathMiller, Audible books  here) is here to talk about Neal Gaiman’s seminal graphic novel series, THE SANDMAN. Emily confesses she finds it super hard to read “through” graphic novels, Heath admits that he’d really urge people to start after the first book in the series during which people gouge out their own eyes.

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Nov 18, 2020
33: Beowulf - Kevin Sonney
Kevin Sonney (@ksonney) of Productivity Alchemy (productivityalchemy.com) is here to discuss Maria Dahvana Headley's new translation of BEOWULF (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374110031). Beo gets a "bro!" update that somehow manages to make him the most noble of the literary fuckbois we've discussed to date. 

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SUMMARY (From Wikipedia)

The story is set in Scandinavia in the 6th century. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland (Götaland in modern Sweden) and becomes king of the Geats. Fifty years later, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is mortally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory. 

Nov 11, 2020
32: Les Misérables - Jonathan Ade
Our guest from our FRANNY & ZOOEY episode, Jonathan Ade (@jonathanade on Twitter and @JonoKino on Instagram) is here to discuss another deeply spiritual and revolutionary work Les Misérables. Yes, we discuss the musical, our own religious pasts, and all sorts of wonderful stuff.
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Approximately 40 years after the French Revolution, France is still in shambles. A prisoner named Jean Valjean becomes the adoptive guardian of a street urchin named Cosette, whose mother, Fantine, died while working off her debts to the family with whom she left her baby, a hotelier named Thenardier. Jean Valjean is relentlessly hunted by a police officer named Javert. When Cosette ages, a man named Marius falls achingly and pathetically in love with her, and risks his own fortune to follow his political and romantic heart.
Nov 04, 2020
31: American Horror: From Poe to Grady Hendrix
Emily and Corinne from Hybrid Pub Scout (@hybridpubscout) are here to discuss all sorts of spooky scary things about American horror. From modern day workplace creeps to what to do if you're so racist you die, we're feeling the cold hand of darkness reach through the veil*

* okay, we just have a fun chat about ghosts and stuff.

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Oct 29, 2020
30: Wishbone - Cat Cardenas
Co-author of the wildly viral article on the 25th anniversary of PBS's WISHBONE series, Cat Cardenas (@catrcardenas) stops by to talk about Texas, Diversity, and irresistibly cute dogs. What else is there?
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Oct 14, 2020
29: Lady Susan - Bethany Brookshire
Our guest from our FRANKENSTEIN episode, Bethany Brookshire (@beebrookshire) is back to discuss a slightly less Halloweeny tale: Jane Austen's LADY SUSAN. Another one for our absolute pantheon of Lady Fuckbois, LADY SUSAN and the recent film adaptation called LOVE & FRIENDSHIP starring Kate Beckinsale gives us something we've always wanted: a slightly villainous lady who gets punished in proportion to her crimes.
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An epistolary novel that young Jane Austen did not see published in her lifetime, LADY SUSAN follows the love and power trials of one Lady Susan, a recently widowed woman of few means who must rely on her wit and cunning to keep her in the status she so richly deserves. While plying her trade on wealthy young men and her own daughter, her sister-in-law does what she can to protect her own family's honor. 
Oct 07, 2020
28: Jurassic Park - Samantha Endres
Samantha Endres, content creator for Jurassic Outpost (@SamanthaJo28/ @JurassicOutpost) is here to discuss the most classic sci-fi nightmare of our Millennial childhoods: JURASSIC PARK. The horror of cloning and genetic engineering was the specter of the 1990s, only exacerbated by huge, headline-grabbing innovations that are reflected in the hellscape of 2020.

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Dr. Alan Grant is a paleontologist who specializes in surmising animal behavior from their fossils. One day, he receives a summons from his largest benefactor, John Hammond, to take a trip to a mysterious island off the coast of Costa Rica. With his scientific partner, Dr. Ellie Sattler, he joined on the trip by mathematician Ian Malcolm, attorney Donald Gennaro, and Hammond's two grandchildren, Tim and Lex, to tour a well-staffed but under-secured zoo of cloned dinosaurs. Almost everyone gets eaten, including people who weren't in the movie. 
Sep 30, 2020
27: A Midsummer Night's Dream - A.J. Feuerman
Publicist and all-around fangirl of things, A.J. Feuerman (@AJFeuerman) is here to discuss her longstanding love for the weird Shakespearean sex farce, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. This bonkers play is not-so-secretly about women's choices and agency, with a nice dash of romance and sisterly bonds. It's so, so much more than Puck.

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In ancient Athens, two men and two women are in a battle of love. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius. Demetrius was partnered with Hermia's best friend, Helena, until Egeus offered him a different deal. Local leader Theseus, on the eve of his own wedding to the Amazon warrior Hippolyta, declares Hermia to do as her father wishes, so Hermia and Lysander escape to the woods, to travel to his grandmother's house to get married. Meanwhile, faerie king Oberon wants to play a trick on his wife, Titania, so he orders his minion Puck to drug her to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees– hopefully the monstrous Bottom, a weaver who has been turned into a donkey. In addition to drugging Titania, Puck messes up and drugs Lysander and Demetrius in succession, making them both fall in love with Helena, leaving Hermia alone and confused. The play resolves in typical Shakespearean comedy fashion– with weddings. But who will be wedded to whom? 
Sep 23, 2020
26: Ivanhoe - A.R. Vishny
Writer A.R. Vishny (@AR_Vishny) is here to discuss the 1819 swashbuckling epic IVANHOE by Sir Walter Scott. This swashbuckling epic has everything: damsels in distress, a couple hundred pages discussing a knight's tournament, a swineherd named Gurth, and just piles and piles of anti-Semitism.

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It's the late 1100s and the Crusades are over. The Templars are back in England and looking to rumble. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is back from Jerusalem hoping to marry the beautiful Rowena. Wilfred's dad, Cedric, isn't keen on their pairing. Meanwhile, Prince John, still in charge while Richard the Lionheart is MIA, holds a tournament where the beautiful Jewish woman, Rebecca, is making her debut on the arm of her father Isaac, who is currently in John's favor for lending the Prince money. After the tournament, Rowena, a comatose Ivanhoe, Isaac, and Rebecca are kidnapped by a pack of Templars– Bois-Guilbert and deBracy, who hope to make the women their wives or concubines. King Richard, Ivanhoe, and Robin Hood (!!!) band together to save the hostages and, eventually, Rebecca from being burned at the stake for being a witch. It's chaos. 
Sep 16, 2020
13: Sideways - Delondra Mesa
Screenwriter Delondra Mesa (Black Summer, Step Up: High Water, on Twitter at @DelondraMesa) is here to talk about wine, whiteness, and wealth in Rex Pickett's 2004 best-seller, SIDEWAYS. 

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Jack is getting married and his best friend and best man, Miles, is taking him for a week-long bachelor trip to the Santa Ynez Valley for some wine-tasting and relaxing. Miles, a failing writer, and Jack, a trust-fund womanizer, take to the small and sleepy area like a tornado, with Jack desirous to have as many flings as he can before he walks down the aisle. Two unlucky women, Maya and Terra, get caught up in their shenanigans. 
Sep 09, 2020
24: Mad & Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency - Bea Koch
Bea Koch's new book, MAD & BAD: REAL HEROINES OF THE REGENCY is the subject of this week's episode! Bea owns The Ripped Bodice bookstore with her sister here in Los Angeles, and it's the only romance-exclusive bookstore on the West Coast.
You can order a signed copy of Bea's book directly from her bookstore here, while supplies last: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/product/mad-and-bad-real-heroines-regency-bea-koch-signed
Towards the end of the show, I mention a BBC documentary series about the inter-relationship between Africa & Britain. It's called AFRICA & BRITAIN: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct5bdh
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Sep 02, 2020
Fuckbois of Classical Music: Debussy
The guy who brought you CLARE DE LUNE and other tunes you use to fall asleep at night is here to whip you up into a frenzy of adultery, suicide threats, and complete and total smackdowns with other composers. Claude Debussey was a total piece of garbage.
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Aug 28, 2020
Fuckbois of Classical Music: Berlioz

French composer Hector Berlioz had a little secret: he was a fucking stalker. Exacting his obsession on THREE separate women that we know of, Berlioz was most famous for one particularly hair-brained, cross-dressing, thankfully-failed murder plot. Listen now!

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Aug 21, 2020
Fuckbois of Classical Music: Puccini

What do you get when you cross approximately $200million, an aversion to monogamy, and Italian tempers? The sordid life of Giacomo Puccini, one of the world's most famous opera composers. Puccini's life was FILLED with affairs, questionable deaths, and surprisingly little VD. 

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Aug 14, 2020
Fuckbois of Classical Music: Paganini

It's not really a sign of a life well lived when everyone accuses you of selling your soul to the Devil. Niccolo Paganini was the 1800s equivalent to Marilyn Manson, only with a lot more talent. His life was filled with debauchery, and ended on a very sour note. Listen to our first bonus ep on the Fuckbois of Classical Music now!

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Aug 07, 2020
23: Poldark - Cat Valente
NYT/USA Today Bestselling author Cat Valente (@CatValente) is here to dish about Cornwall's biggest fuckboi-- Ross Poldark! The myth of war heroism, what to do with maturing kitchenmaids, and how to screw over unscrupulous bankers is discussed at hilarious length. To pick up a copy of Cat's books, click here: https://bookshop.org/shop/fuckboisoflit

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Summary of ROSS POLDARK, the first book in the POLDARK series:

Ross Poldark, son of the second son of a noble family, returns home from fighting for the British in the American Revolutionary War, to find his father deceased and his childhood love, Elizabeth, engaged to marry his good-for-nothing cousin, Francis Poldark. Ross, left with little money and a dilapidated farm and dried-up copper mine, is left to make his fortune with his own know-how. While taking out loans to furnish and fit his farm for productivity, he runs across an abused urchin girl named Demelza, whom he rescues to become his kitchen maid. Ross quickly becomes the talk of the town for his unusual habits, and his friendliness with his tenants. As the book spans several years, Demelza ages and dynamics of the Poldark family change, as Francis's land-owning father dies, Elizabeth bears the Poldark family a son, and Francis uses his family money to gamble and live a life of luxury he can't seem to afford, tempted by the wealthy, "new money" scion, George Warleggen. Demelza, upon turning 17, covinces Ross to marry her. The book ends with Demelza announcing her first pregnancy. 
Jul 22, 2020
22: The Three Musketeers - Justin Aucoin
Writer Justin Aucoin (@JMAucoin_writer) joins host Emily Edwards to discuss Porthos, Athos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan, also known as the most hard-drinking, wife-stealing, sword-playing French swashbucklers, THE THREE MUSKETEERS. We discuss the appeal of male ride-or-die friendships, Alexander Dumas's multi-racial approach to writing for racist readers, and wine. Lots of wine.  Buy books discussed on the show at our Bookshop.org page: https://bookshop.org/lists/fbol-subjects


Coming of age in the souther, rural province of Gascony, D'Artagnan aways to Paris upon his 18th year to follow in his father's footsteps to become one of the king's guards, called The Musketeers. Upon his first day in Paris, he gets into duels with the original Three: Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. He proves himself worthy to the men, and they take him on as a fourth confidant, in their schemes to protect the King and Queen against the conniving Cardinal Richelieu. In addition to a new nemesis in the Cardinal, D'Artagnan eventually finds himself at odds with the Cardinal's lead assassin, Milady, and at the center of a kidnapping plot when the woman he loves– Constance, the wife of D'Artagnan's landlord– is taken from him in an effort to convince him to stop meddling in Richelieu's machinations. 
Jul 15, 2020
21: The Maltese Falcon - David Avallone
Writer David Avallone (@DAvallone) is back on the show to discuss another post- WWI pulpy text: Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON. What is it about the chaos after the first World War that led us to this cynicism? Where does a Private I stand on sex? And is there a sea change in the power binaries of male vs. female? 


Sam Spade and his partner, Miles Archer, are approached by a beautiful woman named Miss Wonderley, who claims her sister has been taken by a no-goodnik gangster named Floyd Thursby. Archer takes the first night of surveillance, and is mysteriously shot-- as is the prime suspect of Thursby. Thrown onto the case, Spade quickly uncovers many secrets-- that Miss Wonderley is actually a treasure-hunter named Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and that she's in bed with another court of criminals to abscond with a bird figurine made on the island of Malta by the Knights Templar that is worth millions of dollars. Spade, who was sleeping with Archer's wife and begins hooking up with O'Shaugnessy almost immediately, is being followed by the police as the lead suspect in both murders. Two other men after the falcon-- Joel Cairo and Caspar Gutman-- continually make attempts on Spade's life, as Spade tracks down the falcon and uncovers the figurine's secret, and the identity of his partner's murderer. 
Jul 08, 2020
20: The Phantom of the Opera - Kerri Kearse
Our guest from our Greek Mythology episode is back! Kerri Kearse (@_iamlivingcolor) is here to get theater nerdy with us about THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux! We talk about diverse casting, social ostracizing, and Ramin Karimloo's abdominal muscles. Listen, we're just covering all the bases of this WILD book/play. 


While attending a landmark performance at the Paris Opera, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny is pleased to find that his childhood playmate and lifelong love, Christine Daaé, is onstage as the understudy for the female lead who has suddenly taken ill. A star-making performance, Christine gives her all during her solo and collapses onstage. Raoul rushes to her side and they re-kindle a friendship and romance that is squelched by mysterious happenings at the opera-- the Opera Ghost is making demands, murdering stage-hands, and even goes so far as to kidnap Christine. Raoul, with the help of a mysterious man only known as The Persian, must venture forth into the bowels of the Opera House to save Christine, though the Opera Ghost will do everything in his murderous powers to stop them. 
Jul 01, 2020
Doctor Sleep / The Shining - Dave Child
For our sequel on THE SHINING, Dave Child (@MrDaveChild) tackles the sequel to THE SHINING, the book-turned-movie, DOCTOR SLEEP. How does generational trauma get healed? How do you tackle having written a racist text? Can Ewan McGregor save even the worst film ever written?

Summary of THE SHINING by Stephen King

A young family is moved to an isolated hotel after the father, Jack Torrance, has taken a position there as a winter caretaker. His wife, Wendy, is concerned for her husband but is desperate to create a functioning family unit for them and their son, Danny, who is five. Jack has seen several speed bumps in the past few years– a stagnation of his writing career, a termination of his employment at a posh private school for boys, a drinking habit, and several moments of unhinged abuse focused on his son, one time even going so far as to break his son's arm. Danny, who has often had psychic visions courtesy his "imaginary friend," Tony. Tony has warned Danny about the hotel, as does the departing chef of the hotel, Dick Hallorann, who teaches Danny about his gift, or "shining," in a fleeting few minutes before Dick leaves the family at the hotel for winter. Danny's Shining ability lends him to having a psychic connection with the hotel, and all of its malevolent spirits who are taking control of Jack Torrance, who inevitably loses his tether to reality and eventually goes on a destructive tear against his family, to be saved in the end by Danny's psychic connection to all those who have the Shine. 
Jun 26, 2020
19: The Shining - Dave Child
Happy Belated Father's Day, fellow Quarantine-Americans. We're talking about one abusive dad's descent into madness and what it teaches us about racism on this week's FBOL. Brilliant friend and frequent guest Dave Child (@MrDaveChild) joins host Emily Edwards to impart some empathy and perspective on a typically midcentury American tale of dread.

Summary of THE SHINING:

A young family is moved to an isolated hotel after the father, Jack Torrance, has taken a position there as a winter caretaker. His wife, Wendy, is concerned for her husband but is desperate to create a functioning family unit for them and their son, Danny, who is five. Jack has seen several speed bumps in the past few years– a stagnation of his writing career, a termination of his employment at a posh private school for boys, a drinking habit, and several moments of unhinged abuse focused on his son, one time even going so far as to break his son's arm. Danny, who has often had psychic visions courtesy his "imaginary friend," Tony. Tony has warned Danny about the hotel, as does the departing chef of the hotel, Dick Hallorann, who teaches Danny about his gift, or "shining," in a fleeting few minutes before Dick leaves the family at the hotel for winter. Danny's Shining ability lends him to having a psychic connection with the hotel, and all of its malevolent spirits who are taking control of Jack Torrance, who inevitably loses his tether to reality and eventually goes on a destructive tear against his family, to be saved in the end by Danny's psychic connection to all those who have the Shine. 
Jun 24, 2020
19: The White Man's Guide to White Male Writers of the Western Canon - Dana Schwartz
Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz), author of three novels and host of the NOBLE BLOOD podcast (http://noblebloodtales.com/) joins host Emily Edwards to discuss her book THE WHITE MAN'S GUIDE TO WHITE MALE WRITERS OF THE WESTERN CANON. Who is the subject of the criticism? What's "punching up"? And can dudes please stop already? 
Jun 17, 2020
18: The Yellow Wallpaper - Danielle Ryan
One of our favorite guests, Danielle Ryan (@danirat), returns to discuss madness, white feminism, and racism with Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic short story THE YELLOW WALLPAPER. If you've been feeling the stress of being cooped up and also the suffocating pressure of America's systemic racism, Gilman's high-school-reading-list classic is the choice for you. 

Summary of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER (from wikipedia)

The story describes a young woman and her husband, who imposes as a rest cure on her when she suffers "temporary nervous depression" after the birth of their baby. They spend the summer at a colonial mansion, where the narrator is largely confined to an upstairs nursery. The story makes striking use of an unreliable narrator in order to gradually reveal the degree to which her husband has imprisoned her: she describes torn wallpaper, barred windows, metal rings in the walls, a floor "scratched and gouged and splintered," a bed bolted to the floor, and a gate at the top of the stairs, but blames all these on children who must have resided there.

The narrator devotes many journal entries to describing the wallpaper in the room – its "sickly" color, its "yellow" smell, its bizarre and disturbing pattern like "an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions," its missing patches, and the way it leaves yellow smears on the skin and clothing of anyone who touches it. She describes how the longer one stays in the bedroom, the more the wallpaper appears to mutate, especially in the moonlight. With no stimulus other than the wallpaper, the pattern and designs become increasingly intriguing to the narrator. She soon begins to see a figure in the design and eventually comes to believe that a woman is creeping on all fours behind the pattern. Believing she must free the woman in the wallpaper, the woman begins to strip the remaining paper off the wall.

When her husband arrives home, the narrator refuses to unlock her door. When he returns with the key, he finds her creeping around the room, rubbing against the wallpaper, and exclaiming "I've got out at last... in spite of you." He faints, but she continues to circle the room, creeping over his inert body each time she passes it, believing herself to have become the woman trapped behind the yellow wallpaper.

Jun 10, 2020
17: Batman - Andy Michaels
The ethical quagmire of the existence of the billionaire gets a bit easier when you're confronted with the reality of Bruce Wayne. Guest Andy Michaels (from our episode on the X-MEN in season one, @StopThatAndy) is here to talk about white, WASPy privilege and, possibly, the need for super-hero therapists. 
Jun 03, 2020
Paul Gauguin - A.M. Ridley - Fuckbois of Art History

A.M. Ridley is back to discuss one of the most disturbing fuckbois of art history: Paul Gauguin. What do you get when you mix horrible sexual predilections with colonialism and color? A fucking Gauguin painting of Tahiti. [CW] Sexual abuse & statutory rape. Gauguin is a monster. Flat out. But context, as always, is what matters. 

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May 28, 2020
16: Cat's Cradle - Miles Klee
What does Hollywood Boulevard have to do with the Atomic Bomb and systemic racism? Well, all three topics of conversation get woven into our discussion with Miles Klee (@MilesKlee) on Kurt Vonnegut's classic sci-fi and sociology novel, CAT'S CRADLE. We wanted to know: does the book still work like it did when we were teens, before we realized it was satire? 

Summary of CAT'S CRADLE

John, the narrator, is looking to write a book about the history of the Atomic bomb and becomes obsessed with the children of a (fictional) scientist named Felix Hoenekker, who was instrumental in the breakthrough of nuclear weapons. John follows the children– Frank, the eldest son; Nate, the youngest son who is also a little person; and daughter Angela– to the poverty-stricken island nation of San Lorenzo, where John discovers that the most beautiful woman in the world, Mona, is engaged to Frank despite that John has decided he must have her. On San Lorenzo, John is also introduced to the fake religion Bokononism, which has been worshipped and vilified by the government, in order to control the populace. While on San Lorenzo, John discovers that the mythical ice-nine, a chemical that can turn all of the water it touches into solid ice, was indeed invented by Felix Hoenekker, and that each of his children have a grain. Thanks to the nation of San Lorenzo's careless war-games, the grains of ice-nine hit the ocean and cause an cataclysmic event. John and Mona survive, and emerge to the earth's surface to find most of humanity dead. 

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May 27, 2020
The Ninja Turtles - A.M. Ridley - Fuckbois of Art History

Literature sure as hell isn't the only art form with an endless supply of Fuckbois. A.M. Ridley joins me for a few short episodes on the Fuckbois of Art History, proceeding with the most famous painters of all time. Turns out, it wasn't all chapels n' helicopters. Woohoo!

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May 22, 2020
15: Hamlet - Jude Ellison Sady Doyle
Jude Ellison Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle), writer and author of Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power and Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss the most famous play about a really, really bad spring break: HAMLET

Summary of HAMLET:

Sad boi Hamlet is sad because his father, Hamlet Sr., has died and his mother married Hamlet Sr.'s brother, Claudius. Hamlet conspires with his dad's ghost to murder his uncle. 

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May 20, 2020
Caravaggio - A.M. Ridley - Fuckbois of Art History

Literature sure as hell isn't the only art form with an endless supply of Fuckbois. A.M. Ridley joins me for a few short episodes on the Fuckbois of Art History, starting with one of the biggest shitheels of all time: Caravaggio. There were... issues. 

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May 14, 2020
14: Paradise Lost - Dr. Anthony Oliveira
Dr. Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) joined host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) for a conversation about– what else?– John Milton's PARADISE LOST. We get into the nitty gritty of what it means to be a lapsed Catholic who connects a bit too much with Satan, the role this poem had on Romantic literature and literature of the post-Victorian age, plus all the ways the Bible interacts with women. It's a must-listen!


Lucifer, the sexiest, best Angel, wants to know why God keeps so many secrets. God, pissed, banishes Lucifer from Heaven, creating the Devil and Hell. Lucifer, continuously pissed off, has decided to sabotage God's most coveted creation: Adam and Eve. 
May 13, 2020
13: Breakfast At Tiffany's - Gaby Dunn
The phenomenal comedian, writer, and podcast host Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) is here to discuss BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's by Truman Capote. We get into white girl privilege (from which we both benefitted), the early 2000s club scene, and #OwnVoices writing. Keep in contact with Gaby's shows, Just Between Us (https://www.youtube.com/user/justbetweenusshow) and Bad With Money (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/bad-with-money), too!


A nameless narrator moves into a small apartment in New York City, only to become obsessed with his neighbor, a call girl named Holly Golightly. He learns of Holly's various affairs and schemes– being a messenger for a gangster, arranging a marriage with a gay millionaire, and running away with a Brazilian party boy, all in an attempt to hide her whereabouts from the man who forced her into marriage when she was fourteen. 

May 06, 2020
12: Carry On - Philip Ellis
Philip Ellis (@philip_ellis), the amazing guest from Season 1's show on GONE GIRL is here to discuss Rainbow Rowell's 2015 YA wizard romance, CARRY ON. The first book of the Simon Snow series, CARRY ON begs us to ask: what is the difference between being a fuckboi and being a teenager? Safe for teens, after listening to this episode, you'll want to shove CARRY ON into your tween's grubby mitts. 
Apr 29, 2020
Frankenstein (Part 2) - Bethany Brookshire
We get more into the nitty-gritty grossness of medical procedures in this bonus episode with Bethany Brookshire (@BeeBrookshire)! Content Warning if you get queasy over bodily stuff. But fast forward to the 2nd half to hear us shit-talk Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, as god intended. 
Apr 17, 2020
10: Frankenstein - Bethany Brookshire
What is probably the most famous book ever written by a woman, FRANKENSTEIN, OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS is the emblematic text of problematic science. What luck we have Science Communications Expert Bethany Brookshire (@BeeBrookshire) here to help explain science ethics, anatomy, and all sorts of fun, icky things to us book nerds. 
Apr 15, 2020
9: Lady Audley's Secret - Danielle Ryan
After doing an episode on NORTHANGER ABBEY, I was so excited to do an episode on a real-life "sensation novel." LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET is Mary Elizabeth Braddon's main contribution to the Victorian catalogue of books about women behaving badly. Guest Danielle Ryan (@danirat, guest from our episode on INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) is here to talk about comeuppance, queer-coded characters, and penny dreadfuls. Enjoy!  
Apr 01, 2020
8: Moll Flanders - Dr. Janet Bartholomew
The Literature Lady herself is here to walk us through the Daniel Defoe classic MOLL FLANDERS. Dr. Janet Bartholomew (@Literature_Lady) and host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) apparently, stan an unrepentant thief on this podcast, and ladies who commit crimes because they have to, and because it's just real fun. 
Mar 25, 2020
7: Jude the Obscure - Danny Bowes
Danny Bowes (@bybowes) is BACK to talk about Thomas Hardy's JUDE THE OBSCURE. Let's touch upon boobs, the fleeting nature of American identity, and murderous children! Danny was the guest on our amazing Season 1 episode for A SEPARATE PEACE and his usual wit is back to lead on our We Hate Thomas Hardy Party 2020. 
Mar 18, 2020
6: The Duchess of Malfi - Allison Epstein
Allison Epstein (@rapscallison) joins us to talk about an absolutely bananas Jacobean-era English play, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI. We opine about witches vs. werewolves, court assassins, and the Roman Catholic Church. You can't miss it! 
Mar 11, 2020
5: The Outsiders - Leslie Gray Streeter
Leslie Gray Streeter (@LeslieStreeter, https://lesliegraystreeter.com/) joins host Emily Edwards to discuss that most prevalent of all YA novels, THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton. What does it mean to be alone? How does white privilege work in a world without people of color? How does being an "outsider" work where everyone's virtually the same?
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Mar 04, 2020
4: The Countess Conspiracy / RWA - Michelle Athy
Our guest this week is Michelle Athy (@SunflowerRei), who you may remember from last season's episode on TUCK EVERLASTING! She joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss contemporary historical romance, vintage historical romance, Courtney Milan's book THE COUNTESS CONSPIRACY, and the drama amongst the Romance Writers of America. There's a lot to discuss! 
Feb 26, 2020
3: The Tempest - Samantha Puc
[CW: Rape, assault, gas-lighting, consent, colonialism, murder] Samantha Puc (@theverbalthing) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to BREAK HER BRAIN around the idea of reliable narration, colonialism as disruption, and the veil of choice in regards to Shakespeare's final play, THE TEMPEST. As it turns out? It ain't about playwriting, folks. THE TEMPEST is a blatantly anti-monarch, anti-colonialism, anti-patriarchy play that was Shakespeare's "curtain call" from London Society and playwriting. What can we glean from his text that'll tell us how he really felt about Queen Elizabeth and English society? 
Feb 19, 2020
2: Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today- Rachel Vorona Cote
Rachel Vorona Cote joins host Emily Edwards to talk about her upcoming book TOO MUCH: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today. A deeply moving combination of memoir and literary research, this book will leave you as breathless as a cinched corset. Rachel and I discuss the concept of "muchness," how we relate to Victorian mores and heroines, and how we can move past the Victorian expectations of race, sexuality, and gender. Pre-order TOO MUCH today: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/rachel-vorona-cote/too-much/9781538729700/ 
Feb 12, 2020
1: Rebecca - Claire Willett
Playwright and author Claire Willett (@ClaireWillett) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss one of the English language's most popular books– Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA. Since its first publication in 1938, REBECCA has never gone out of print, proving Maxim de Winter, the Second Mrs. de Winter, Mrs. Danvers, and almost every other character in the entire novel to be some of literature's most enduring fuckbois. We take on the text as the emblematic novel of the push-pull of heteronormative patriarchy, discuss the essential factors or race and class, and also ruminate on REBECCA as a queer text, thanks to some new details neither reader knew before recording! This is Fuckbois of Literature.

Summary of REBECCA

A nameless lady's maid meets the debonaire Maxim de Winter while working in Monaco. The recently widowed Maxim, who is many years her senior, is taken with her innocence and marries her, and brings her back to his manor home, Manderley, where he immediately expects her to become lady of the house. The Second Mrs. de Winter is overshadowed constantly by the community's memory for Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, and is ostracized by Manderley's lead housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. As the Second Mrs. de Winter becomes more unhinged, she discovers Maxim murdered Rebecca for having an affair and falling pregnant, and Mrs. Danvers is undone by Maxim avoiding murder charges, so she burns down Manderley. 
Feb 05, 2020
Fuckbois of Literature Returns February 5th!

Fuckbois of Lit Returns February 5th! Our second season is loaded with fantastic topics. Favorite guests from Season 1 are scheduled to return, with plenty of new voices and topics to keep those who love us coming back week after week. Are you subscribed?

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Jan 21, 2020
40: Northanger Abbey - Bianca Hernandez-Knight
Bianca Hernandez-Knight (@bookhoarding) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to re-cap the fuckboi-filled, gothic comedy NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen. This is our finale for Season 1! Fuckbois of Literature will return in February 2020 with our second season of comedic commentary about literature and books. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FuckboisOfLit.


Catherine Morland is an upper-middle-class single woman from the sticks. Without anyone to properly introduce her into monied society, Catherine attends the summer at Bath with her weird older neighbors. While there, she is befriended by the two young Thorpe siblings– fancy and false Isabella, and gruff and stupid John. Catherine is sidelined by the Thorpes, but catches the eye of the desireable Henry Tilney, and befriends his younger sister, Eleanor. Isabella visits the Tilney family home, Northanger Abbey, and is quickly convinced that Henry's father, the General, murdered his first wife; she is caught snooping through the house while John Thorpe is also sabotaging her prospects with Henry by lying to the General about Catherine's wealth. The General kicks Catherine to the curb, but Henry determines the truth and proposes.
Dec 31, 2019
39: Little Women - Joanna Robinson
Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson (@JoWroteThis) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss the perennial holiday favorite, LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott. We discuss the new Greta Gerwig fim adaptation of Little Women, the fuckboi levels of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, the expectations of women in literature, and how come Behr >>> Laurie. Fuckbois of Literature abound in LITTLE WOMEN!


The mildly disgraced March family is living in Massachusetts; mother Marmie, and daughters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy doing their best while Mr. March is away, acting as a chaplain in the Civil War. The sisters get into hijinks and consider marriage and future lives, especially when the charismatic, handsome, and rich Theodore "Laurie" Laurence moves in next door. 

Dec 25, 2019
BONUS: And Now, Winter Nights Enlarge
Renaissance poet Thomas Campion gives us a charming, two-stanza poem about how to love winter, and bring little joys into your life.
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Dec 20, 2019
38: A Christmas Carol - Dave Child
Comedian Dave Child (@MrDaveChild) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss the ultimate Christmas classic– A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Turns out, in addition to the power he wields as an uber-rich banker, Scrooge was an absolute romantic fuckboi, to boot. 
Dec 18, 2019
BONUS: Winter-Time / The Snow-Storm
Winter-Time,  by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and The Snow-Storm, by Robert Louis Stevenson, are helping to remind this LA transplant what it's like to live through Nor-Easters, hail, graupel, and sleet, and all the amazing stories of growing up in a place that turns white six months out of the year.
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Dec 13, 2019
37: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe - Ashley Beall
The modern morality tail of how to stay good for Christmas. Ashley Beall of Make It Modern Podcast (@MIM_Podcast) joins me to discuss the redemption arcs of one of KidLit's biggest fuckbois, Edmund Pevensie. 


During World War II, the four Pevensie children– Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy– are send to a strange country home to wait out the war. While there, Lucy discovers a magic wardrobe that leads to a parallel universe called Narnia. She tells her siblings about it, and they do not believe her; but one day Edmund– the bitterest, shittiest sibling– finds the doorway and enters Narnia himself, pre-emptively befriending the evil White Witch who is trying to take over the entire country. Peter, Susan, and Lucy all enter Narnia in an attempt to save Edmund, with the help of Jesus, I mean, Aslan. After they win and Edmund apologizes, the four siblings become the royalty of Narnia, and grow to adulthood before exiting the wardrobe, only to find themselves children again in England. 
Dec 11, 2019
BONUS: In Drear-Nighted December

A short bonus episode featuring John Keats' IN DREAR-NIGHTED DECEMBER, and a short essay on the role of memory and hope. 

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Dec 06, 2019
36: The Bible - Sara Benincasa
The brilliant comedian and writer Sara Benincasa (@sarajbenincasa) stops by to have a fantastic conversation about spirituality, goodness, purpose, and fuckbois of the Christian Bible. I promise you it's more nuanced than you think. 
Dec 04, 2019
35: The Odyssey - Dr. Amy Pistone
Gonzaga University Classics Professor, Amy Pistone (@apistone) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss the history of THE ODYSSEY, the unexpected feminism of Penelope, and all the millions of ways that Odysseus is one epic fuckboi. 

Summary of THE ODYSSEY

Odysseus, the great Greek general from Ithaca, is trying to return home to his wife, Penelope, after the Trojan War has kept him away for many years. But he's pissed off the god of the sea, Poseidon, so much so that Poseidon keeps blowing his ship off-course and into the paths of many trials. At each one, Odysseus proves he's a terrible person, and when he returns home, he viciously kills his wife's suitors so he can have her back.
Nov 27, 2019
BONUS: For Deliverance From A Fever

In honor of the imminent American Thanksgiving situation, I take on Colonialism, Puritans, and anti-vaxxers all in one poem!

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Nov 22, 2019
34: The Lord of the Rings - Becky of Prairie Phlox
Becky of @PrairiePhlox joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss all of the millions of fuckbois from JRR Tolkien's epic– including Tolkien himself.  


Frodo, a hobbit, is left a magical ring by his uncle Bilbo. Turns out the ring is super evil and he needs a rag-tag group of friends to chuck it into an equally evil volcano. It takes like 1000 pages to tell their tale. 
Nov 20, 2019
BONUS: The Boston Massacre

I swear, we're going to be uplifting for this one. A little dash of history and a fun story from my college years. 

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Nov 15, 2019
33: Call Me By Your Name
Val Prozorova (@valprozwriter) joins me from the far reaches of New Zealand to discuss one of the most landmark books in the LGBT canon: André Aciman's CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. We get into that 17 year old horny brainspace, age differences, and yes, we talk about peaches. Sorry.


Elio Perlman is a 17 year old boy living in Italy with his scholar parents. Each summer, his parents allow a student to live with them to work on their own book and assist his father with scholarly work, and this summer, it's Oliver. Elio immediately falls in love with Oliver, despite their age difference and Oliver's seeming ambivalence to Elio's crush. Eventually, they consummate their relationship before Oliver disappears from Elio's life in Italy. 
Nov 13, 2019
BONUS: After 20 Years

A short story and essay about identity, friendship, and respect.

The article mentioned in the commentary is this from The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/22/what-loss-new-york-police-museum-means-criminal-justice-reform/

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Nov 08, 2019
32: His Dark Materials
Lauren and Nicole (who are not very online) join me to discuss a chief Fantasy Fuckboi: Lord Asriel of HIS DARK MATERIALS. If you've watched episode one of the new HBO series, be aware: this is spoiler heavy!


Lyra Belacqua is a child without parents in a parallel version of Oxford, England. In this parallel universe, a human's soul takes animal form outside of their body; and Lyra's is Pantalaimon. As Lyra has not hit puberty yet, Pan has not taken a constant form. Her uncle, Lord Asriel, is a scientist at Oxford who is secretly researching a phenomenon called "Dust," much to the anger of the Roman Catholic Church. Lyra learns of dust at the same time she is given a mysterious Golden Compass that she can read like tarot cards when she asks it a question. She is then kidnapped by an evil woman of the church named Mrs. Coulter, who brings her to the North Pole to separate Lyra's soul from her. Using her Golden Compass and friends she made along the way, Lyra escapes, but not before she finds her uncle (who is actually her parent, along with Mrs. Coulter) performing an experiment with the Northern Lights, during which he sacrifices Lyra and opens a rift to a parallel universe (ours), through which Lyra escapes. In subsequent books, Lyra meets a boy from our universe named Will, and together they become the new Adam and Eve and kill God. It's complicated. 

Nov 06, 2019
BONUS: Election Day, November, 1884

The poem is about the celebration of American potential, but in research, I learned one of American poetry's greatest heroes is, possibly, still an albatross around our necks. 

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Nov 01, 2019
31: Interview With The Vampire - Danielle Ryan
Entertainment writer Danielle Ryan (@DaniRat) joins me to discuss Anne Rice's banana-crackers, best-selling series The Vampire Chronicles, starting with the original book, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.
Oct 30, 2019
BONUS: The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

Emily talks about THE WITCH by Coleridge (not the one you think!) and her obsession with Plague Witch lore. It's an upper!

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Oct 25, 2019
30: Ron Weasley - Sharareh Drury
Writer and editor Sharareh Drury (@ShararehDrury) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) for a nice long chat about the wizarding world of fuckbois that exist in Harry Potter. 

Oct 23, 2019
BONUS: The Hag by Robert Herrick
The Hag by Robert Herrick is almost comically simple and cliche... until you realize that in the 1640s, witches were considered REAL. Emily Edwards reads the full text of three witchy poems from the 1600s, the height of the witch hysteria in England, and gives historical context on real life "witch hunts." 
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Oct 18, 2019
29: A Clockwork Orange - Lucé Tomlin-Brenner
The amazing Lucé Tomlin-Brenner (@LTBComedy) got host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to read a book she's dreaded her entire life: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. We get into a lot, including the prison industrial complex, creating healthy outlets of expression, and why we can't just "respect the artist."
Oct 16, 2019
BONUS: One Summer Night by Ambrose Bierce

On this episode of Frightening Friday Fuckbois, Emily reads and talks about ONE SUMMER NIGHT by Ambrose Bierce, one of the absolute masters of Southern Gothic literature. 

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Oct 11, 2019
27: Middlemarch - Miranda Butler
Ph.D. candidate, Victorianist, and host of Podcast 13 Miranda Butler (@Mirandactl) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to talk about the beast of a book, George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH– which (spoiler!) Emily found really charming despite the fact that it is 900 pages long, intensely political, and filled to the brim with fuckbois. 
Oct 09, 2019
BONUS: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Let's launch our Halloween special month with a mini-episode on THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe! Host Emily Edwards reads the full text and offers a little bit of insight on why she loves the classic tale.

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Oct 04, 2019
27: Logan Bruno - Lauren Emily
YA Writer Lauren Emily (@LaurenEmilyWri) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to take down a 13 year old fuckboi who has plagued generations of The Quiet Ones: Logan Bruno of the MG series, THE BABYSITTERS CLUB. Turns out? Sometimes we don't hold out hope that a fuckboi will change.
Oct 02, 2019
26: Miss Havisham - Renee Powers
Renee M. Powers of Feminist Book Club Podcast + Subscription box joins Emily Edwards for an excellent discussion on female power, likability, and the power of the Old Crone. 
Sep 26, 2019
25: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
[CW: Rape, assault, violence] You want to be horrified? Like, not scared, but OBJECTIVELY horrified? Welp, do we have the book for you! Gracie from The Feminist Critique Podcast joins host Emily Edwards to tackle the most depressing, the most cynical, the most upsetting book I've read in a damn long time: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES.
Sep 18, 2019
24: Jane Eyre - Liv Albert of MYTHS, BABY
It's the episode you've literally been waiting for. Host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) teams up with your most beloved Classics Podcaster, Liv Albert of @MythsBaby to bring the hellfire (pun intended) down on Edward Rochester. And Jane Eyre. A little bit on Jane, too. 

Summary of JANE EYRE

After a protracted childhood of darkness and horror, abused and neglected orphan, Jane, finds work as a governess to the adopted daughter of a mysterious and dickish, new money, country squire named Edward Rochester. She quickly falls in love with him despite his coldness and abuse, and he offers her marriage. Before their wedding, she learns he is already married, to a woman he keeps in his attic. His first wife burns down the estate, and Jane flees, and eventually finds a preacher named St. John Rivers, and his two sisters. St. John offers Jane the opportunity to be his wife and travel to India to proselytize, but Jane declines. Without tether, Jane soon learns that she has inherited a mysterious uncle's fortune upon his passing, and that the Rivers family is also her cousins. Jane gives her fortune to St. John for his church, and then returns to Rochester's destroyed home, where he is living in a small cottage, blind and maimed. They marry, and have a child. 
Sep 11, 2019
23: Gone Girl - Philip Ellis
Writer and editor Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to tackle the genre book that changed the entire thriller scene: GONE GIRL. What kind of a fuckboi move is it to even *be* an unreliable narrator, anyway?
Sep 04, 2019
22: Greek Mythology - Kerri Kearse
Writer and host of the upcoming podcast JACK THE LASS, Kerri Kearse (@_iamlivingcolor) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to tackle just a few of Greek mythology's biggest fuckbois. It should not surprise you that... well, there are a lot. 
Aug 28, 2019
21: Sherlock Holmes - Mary Pagones
Author Mary Pagones (@marypagones) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) remotely to discuss a truly misunderstood character of literature– Sherlock Holmes. From Jeremy Brett to Basil Rathbone, Benedict Cumberbatch to Wishbone, we run the entire gamut of Sherlock representations to figure out if people are doing the legend service, or if we're all trying to make him better or worse than he really is. 
Aug 21, 2019
19: James Bond - David Avallone
Writer and pulpy, comic-y, spy-y expert David Avallone (@DAvallone) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) in-studio to discuss a top-tier fuckboi who might've been done a disservice by his popularity. It's time to discuss the double-O fuckboi in the room, James Bond. 

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Aug 07, 2019
18: Peter Pan - Kim Rohrer
Writer Kim Rohrer (@kimskitchensink) joins Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss a unique entry into the canon of Great Literary Fuckbois: Peter Pan. For a kid who can't tell that every girl he knows wants to have his babies, he sure does understand sexual politics. 
Jul 25, 2019
17: A Separate Peace - Danny Bowes
Filmmaker and critic Danny Bowes (@ByBowes) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss A SEPARATE PEACE, John Knowels’s mid-century tale of private-school privilege, homoeroticism, and all-around shitty human beings. If you’ve read this book, you hated this book, and we parse out why.
Jul 15, 2019
16: Franny & Zooey - Jonathan Ade
Host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) is joined by filmmaker Jonathan Ade (jonokino.com) and together they examine another one of JD Salinger's greatest hits, FRANNY & ZOOEY, the two short stories mashed together to make a novella of a comatose but delightful young woman and her older brother, who could slide down the slippery slope of F-boi-dom any day. 
Jul 10, 2019
15: David Foster Wallace - Andrew Rostan
[CW: Suicide, Domestic Violence] Author Andrew Rostan (@AndrewRostan) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss some of literature’s biggest F boys– writer David Foster Wallace but also the readers who worship him. He’s a gaslighting misogynist and that’s not the worst part!
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Jun 19, 2019
13: King Arthur - Josie Campbell
Writer and filmmaker Josie Campbell (@CozyJamble) joins host Emiy Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) in studio to discuss Le Morte d'Arthur and the Arthurian legendary jerks. 
Jun 05, 2019
12: Tuck Everlasting - Michelle Athy
Writer Michelle Athy (@SunflowerRei) calls in to host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to chat about the one Middle Grade literature classic everyone seems to have read– and completely forgotten. TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt is one screwed-up book: from the predatory actions of chief jerk, Jesse Tuck, to a really unsettling color for the villain’s suit.
May 29, 2019
10: On The Road - Rebecca Rush
Comedian and host of the literary podcast COMIC’S BOOK CLUB Rebecca Rush joins Emily in studio to discuss her favorite book– and one that Emily purposefully avoided– Jack Kerouac’s ON THER ROAD. Let’s talk about drugs and sex and fuckbois and traveling and all the places where art has been stifled!
May 15, 2019
9: Henry David Thoreau - Evan Fleischer
Writer & host of ALL THE ORANGE GROVES, Evan Fleischer joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to discuss hometown hero, Henry David Thoreau, and his proto-Holden hissy fits, his unusual knowledge of pond fish, and whether or not you should be considered a self-sustaining marvel if your mom is still doing your laundry.
May 08, 2019
7: Fuckboi Astrology - Jeanna Kadlec
Writer Jeanna Kadlec (@JeannaKadlec) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) on the phone to discuss literary jerks– both real and fictional– and the astrological forces that may have shaped their worldview.
Apr 24, 2019
6: X-MEN - Andy Michaels, Thom Dunn
Thom Dunn (@ThomDunn) and Andy Michaels (@StopThatAndy) phone in to host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) to get into the weeds on two of Marvel’s biggest fuckbois– Professor X and Cyclops. Think these two heroes don’t have a dark side? Well, you’re going to want to listen to this!
Apr 17, 2019
5: The Great Gatsby - Fiona Underhill
We're disillusioned with the Jazz Age as a whole this week on FBoL. Fiona Underhill (@FionaUnderhill) joins host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) in-studio to rant and rave about West Egg, East Egg, and why you should never humor white supremacists.
Apr 10, 2019
3: Watchmen - Dave Child
[CW: Sexual Assault, Rape] Writer, comedian, and all-around entertainer Dave Child (@MrDaveChild) visits us in studio to discuss the vain and powerful Doctor Manhattan of WATCHMEN– and all those other Watchmen fuckbois of lit, too.
Mar 27, 2019
2: The Catcher In The Rye - Emmet Cameron
[CW- Sexual Assault] Holden Caulfield, the narrator of JD Salinger’s 1951 novel, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, is thought by many to be one of literature’s ultimate FBoLs. But I chat with Emmet Cameron (@emlfc) to get to the roots of the character– and argue why you should give him another chance.

Fuckbois of Literature is a book podcast about the worst characters in literature. We go off the book when it comes to your usual discussion about classic books and classic literature. Book blogging, booktube, book tubers, and more will love our funny and timely political podcasts about the history of literature. The FBOL podcast is your weekly book podcast for funny discussions about books! We’re one of the best podcasts about books available in 2021. Best podcasts for women, fuckbois, literature podcasts, literary criticism podcast, literary podcast, classic literature podcast, best literature podcasts, alternative podcasts, book reading podcast, classic literature podcast.
Mar 20, 2019
1: Lord Byron - Jessica Ellis, Alisha Grauso, Amanda Timpson
Lord Byron, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron FRS was a finalist in our 2019 FBoi Fever March Madness poll– and with very good reason. In this episode, Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso), Amanda Timpson (@amandarin), and Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) join host Emily Edwards (@MsEmilyEdwards) in studio to rip him a new one, and provide context for the FBoi Archetype.
Mar 12, 2019
A brief note welcoming listeners to FBoL and a general overview of intent and content.
Fuckbois of Literature is a book podcast about the worst characters in literature. We go off the book when it comes to your usual discussion about classic books and classic literature. Book blogging, booktube, book tubers, and more will love our funny and timely political podcasts about the history of literature. The FBOL podcast is your weekly book podcast for funny discussions about books! We’re one of the best podcasts about books available in 2020. Best podcasts for women, fuckbois, literature podcasts, literary criticism podcast, literary podcast, classic literature podcast, best literature podcasts, alternative podcasts, book reading podcast, classic literature podcast.
Mar 04, 2019