New Podcasts Hosted By Classic Dead Writers
“Much like her books and essays, Virginia Woolf brings her stream-of-conscience straight to your ears in every afternoon.”
Those novels we all had to read in high school ranged from pretty good to really boring. One reason a book may have failed to connect to readers was perhaps the lack of intimacy. As a student I never felt like those books, or their authors, spoke to me. Knowing this, and wanting a second chance, those authors we weren’t so fond of reading made their own podcasts, hoping to attract a bigger audience.
So grab your headphones and give some of these shows by your favorite dead writers a listen. Who knows? You may just learn something.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Mic
Ernest Hemingway is back! His podcast is advertised as a must-listen for real men, looking for a fatherly figure and mentor. Ladies are welcome to listen, but he warns them to prepared for some old-fashioned manly talk about women, guns, war, and foreigners. If you like gruff older gentleman from a “simpler time” reading the news and giving their honest opinion about the problems with the modern world, then this podcast is for you!
Mary Shelly: Creating A Monster
“In a little village doctor Frankenstein brought the dead to life. And in doing so, he created a monster.”
So begins the thrilling investigative podcast my Mary Shelly. Come along as she traces the journey of a young man who wanted to be God. How did his experiment fails and why did everyone around him die? In this 6-part series, soon to be a documentary on Netflix, the host makes us question how our society decides who deserves sympathy, and who is the monster.
H.P. Lovecraft: Horror
This man returns to doing what he does best; scaring an audience to the point of madness. The atmospheric piano melodies playing in the background of every episode perfectly compliment the narrator’s soothing voice as he weaves you one horrifying tale a week. The recluse author hides away in his old family home, working for hours to record a story that will make you afraid to turn off the lights or live out the rest of your inconsequential existence because of the knowledge that you are a tiny plaything to larger, more horrible things that are beyond your understanding.
Soon you will find yourself mouthing the introduction, “I’m H.P. Lovecraft, and this…is Horror.”
Virginia Woolf: A Podcast of Her Own
Virginia Woolf cordially invites her listeners to sit in her brightly-lit office for a one-sided conversation. Much like her books and essays, Virginia Woolf brings her stream-of-conscience style straight to your ears every afternoon. Sit back with a cup of tea, and let Mrs. Woolf’s tranquil musings about art and life make you forget what’s happening in the world for at least 30 minutes. She strongly encourages you to not think of the world outside and encroaching wars. You’ll feel creativity recharged after each episode. Which will hopefully be enough to make you forget about any upcoming cataclysmic wars.
Marcel Proust: Madeleine Memories
When the simple act of eating a madeleine caused Proust to travel down memory lane he realized that he couldn’t be the only one to experience such a phenomenon. This podcast combines his love of snacking with his love of tangents. During interviews with his favorite contemporaries about writing, Proust brings out different nostalgic foods and drinks to give his guests, in hopes of shaking loose those memories hidden deep within their subconscious. Each episode is quite long, but you’re bound to enjoy yourself before you fall asleep.
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