Episode 67: Musicals Redux with @Rebecca_Vnuk and @AmandaStretch

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We invited Rebecca (our guest on Episode 49: Musicals) to return, along with Amanda from Episode 54: Song Covers, to talk about Stephen Sondheim and Hamilton, fill in some gaps from our previous conversations, and take another action-packed quiz that tested the depths of their musical theater knowledge.

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Links
hamilton
Hamilton
Bring It On
In the Heights
Hamiltome
Genius
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
The Heckler: “Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim”
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Company
torture
Into the Woods
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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
Gypsy
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sunday in the Park with George
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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Stephen Sondheim’s sad life
Patti LuPone
Forbidden Broadway: “Stephen Sondheim Finale
Forbidden Broadway: “Patti LuPone/I Get a Kick Out of Me
Forbidden Broadway: “Into the Words

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People: From Dirty Dancing to Grease: Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations
The Little Mermaid
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
A Christmas Story
Rent
The New Yorker: Let’s Rock: In Defense of Jukebox Musicals
Phactual: 9 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals
Time Out New York: The 30 best film-to-musical adaptations
Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure CDs
EW: TV’s Best Musical Episodes

Amanda sings “The Song That Goes Like This
Rakesh Satyal sings “Part of Your World

Spoiler: A link to songs from our second Musicals Quiz!

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Hug Me” by Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker, from Despicable Me 3
Amanda: “Taekwondo” by Walk off the Earth
Anna: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Julie Andrews, fromThoroughly Modern Millie
Alene: “Telephone” by Pamplemousse

Sondheim teaches “Not Getting Married Today”

Obsessions
Rebecca: IndiePicks Magazine
Amanda: Ice cream in Japan
Anna:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Alene: Hello Kitty notsocks

 

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Episode 61: The Daughter of Time Deep Dive with @twobossydames

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We joined forces with Margaret and Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to take a closer look at the 1951 mystery classic The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Much cleverness, and many readalikes and watchalikes, ensued. PLUS: A Young Olds discussion of Harry Styles and his debut single.

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Links
The Two Bossy Dames wall clock
Simini Blocker
Persuasion Deep Dive
Derek Jacobi reads The Daughter of Time
Decades After Her Death, Mystery Still Surrounds Crime Novelist Josephine Tey” (Vanity Fair)
History in the Archives by Natalie Zemon Davis
Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
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The Lion in Winter
The White Queen
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
How Can This Be So Gripping? Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time” by Jo Walton
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Five Things We’ve Learned about Richard III Since He Was Found” (CNN)
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
“Tonypandy” (Wikipedia): “Grant adopts the term “Tonypandy” to describe widely believed historical myths, such as the supposed shootings at the Tonypandy Riots, and believes popular accounts of Richard’s activities to fall into this category.”
Kenyon College
Denison University
Colleges that Change Lives
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Reign
Brat Farrar
To Love and Be Wise

Readalikes and Watchalikes
The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V)
The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Hild by Nicola Griffith
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The Usual Suspects
The Singing Detective
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Lady Jane
Jo Walton’s Small Change series (Farthing, Ha’penny, Half a Crown)
Hamilton: An American Musical
Richard III: The King in the Car Park
Richard III: Martyr or Monster?
The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues it Holds by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones
The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters
The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse)
To Prove a Villain by Guy Townsend
The Josephine Tey mysteries by Nicola Upson
O’ Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor
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Rear Window
Dorothy Dunnett (start with The Game of Kings)
Val McDermid
Tana French

Musical Obsessions
Margaret: “Let’s Get Out of This Country” by Camera Obscura
Anna: “Fall Apart Again” by Brandi Carlile
Alene: “Welcome to New York” off the Greatest City in the World Spotify playlist
Sophie: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Honorable mention musical obsession

Obsessions

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Sophie: Harry Styles/One Direction
Margaret: Please Like Me (see also Disappointing Gay Best Friend)
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Anna: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Alene: Fleabag

Episode 54: Song Covers with @AmandaStretch

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In this episode, we talked about cover songs, because Hamilton Mixtape. We brought in @AmandaStretch, a librarian and musicologist, all the way from Japan to lend our conversation gravitas. Also, we made a playlist!

Links
The Atlantic: The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love Story
The Hollywood Reporter: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Songs From Second ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
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Tom’s Diner
Nolo: When You Need Permission to Sample Others’ Music
Who Did It First?: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
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Buzzfeed: 31 Cover Songs That Didn’t Pull A “No Homo” By Changing The Pronouns
Trolls
Sing
Two Bossy Dames: Molly Weasley, Acoustic Guitar Crimes, and Additional Ephemera
Pitch Perfect (Pitch Perfect 2)
Weird Al
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Vitamin String Quartet
Roar” by Maco (Katy Perry)
Band of Gold” by Belinda Carlisle (Freda Payne)
Across the Universe” by Rufus Wainwright, Moby, and Sean Lennon
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The Voice
Love Lockdown” by Janina Gavankar (Kanye West)
Wrecking Ball” by Haim (Miley Cyrus)
…Baby One More Time” by Travis (Britney Spears)
Shake it Off” by Meghan Trainor (Taylor Swift)
The Baseballs
The Puppini Sisters
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift
Stairway to Heaven” by Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
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Who Sampled

Napster: The 100 Best Muddy Waters Covers
Napster: The 80s Cover the 60s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Were More Successful in the ’80s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Hit #1 in the ’70s
Paste: 50 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Diffuser: 17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Buzzfeed: 21 Cover Songs That Make You Realize How Amazing The Originals Were
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Musical Obsessions
Amanda: “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Katie Thompson (Belinda Carlisle)
Anna: “Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara
Alene: “100x” by Tegan and Sara

Obsessions
Amanda: Japan (also: Japan), Habitica
Anna: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Alene: Crock-Pot

Amanda’s blog.
And do you know about Mango Languages? Use it free through your local library!

Episode 53: Movie Advisory and Best of 2016

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In this episode, we talk about movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory (episode 35), share our picks for best of 2016, and squeal over what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

Links

Movie Advisory
Love and Friendship
Finding Dory
From The Washington Post: How Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Deal Beautifully With Disabilities
The Secret Life of Pets
Trolls
Kubo and the Two Strings
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From Slate: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Flirts With Gay Allegory. Its Sequels Should Go All the Way.
Witch, Please: Roaring Anachronisms and Where To Find Them
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Moana
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
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Rogue One
Moonlight
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace
Fences

Best of 2016

Movies
Deadpool, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Moana, Moonlight, Trolls, Ghostbusters

Books
#libfaves16
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Behind the Throne/After the Crown by KB Wagers
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Television
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Conviction, The Crown, Steven Universe, Supergirl Pending: Stranger Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Music
Soundtracks: Moana, Trolls, Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape
Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara
Musical Obsessions Playlist

Other
Tater Tot Casserole (or this recipe)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Styling/Volumizing Powder
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In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

Movies
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ghost in the Shell, Murder on the Orient Express, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast, It, Baywatch, Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, Fifty Shades Darker, Before I Fall, Annihilation, Star Wars Episode 8
From E!: Movie Preview 2017: 84 Films You Should Know About in the New Year

Music
Spirit from Depeche Mode
Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Icona Pop, Lorde, Taylor Swift
From Billboard: 2017 Music Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Albums

Books
Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
#fridayreads
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Avon romance authors: Sarah Maclean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare
From The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Television
Star Trek Discovery, Emerald City, American Gods, Twin Peaks, Riverdale
From A.V. Club: The A.V. Club Tells You What to Watch in 2017

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Club Tropicana by Wham! UK (La Isla Bonita by Madonna)
Anna: Careless Whisper by Wham!, Freedom! ’90 by George Michael

Obsessions
Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Episode 39: Persuasion Deep Dive

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In this Especially Long Episode, we bring you a discussion of Jane Austen’s best work (come at us), Persuasion, featuring Margaret and Sophie of Two Bossy Dames and Ally of the Girl Gang. The discussion includes some diving into the gay subtext, some trips down memory lane, and some heated pros and cons of different movie adaptations. Plus: readalikes and watchalikes!

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Links:
Persuasion‘s cast of characters
Every Jane Austen Novel If They Were Gay and Also Historically Inaccurate from Autostraddle
Personality Quiz: Which Jane Austen Heroine are You?
1995 Persuasion movie trailer
2007 Persuasion movie trailer
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Advanced Studies in England
Emotional Labor Thread condensed

Readalikes:
Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers
Frederick Wentworth, Captain series by Susan Kaye
Jane Austen in Scarsdale: or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen
Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
The Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series by Carrie Bebris
The Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane stories by Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon
The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

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Half Agony, Half Hope: a Playlist by @MrsFridayNext

Musical Obsessions:
Ally: “Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara
Margaret: “You and I” by Margaret Glaspy
She Used to be Mine” and “You Matter to Me” from Waitress
Sophie: fleetwood mac’s album tusk, “Sorry” by Beyoncé
Anna: “Alexander Hamilton” from Hamilton
Alene: “L.A. Hallucinations” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Obsessions:
Ally: 2 Dope Queens podcast
Margaret: Playing House TV show
Sophie: Laurinda by Alice Pung (look for it in the US under the title Lucy and Linh; buy Australian at fishpond.com)
Anna: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
Alene: Lady Power: Hillary, WNBA, Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Maddow
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