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The Triumph of the Egg, by Sherwood Anderson

12/3/2018
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A popular high school selection, The Triumph of the Egg tells the story of a family in pursuit of the American dream. What will it cost them? And will they succeed? Join Dan and Ning as they read and analyze this masterpiece by Sherwood Anderson.

Duration:01:00:48

H.P. Lovecraft – The Outsider : The Cats of Ulthar

10/29/2018
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Truly a master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic stories never cease to thrill and amaze readers to this day. Meet the bizarre personality behind Cthulhu and listen to the stories from his life which we find just as fascinating. *Parental discretion advised. Ning’s […]

Duration:00:54:29

Algernon Blackwood – The Wood of the Dead

10/22/2018
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An author described by H.P. Lovecraft as “the absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere”, Blackwood’s tales of the supernatural have influenced many horror writers after him. In this episode, we read a story where nature acts as a portal to the next dimension and […]

Duration:00:53:06

SFTR FLASH! – Mark Twain’s Punch, Brothers, Punch & A Ghost Story

7/31/2018
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Two light-hearted tales by Mark Twain– One about an infectious jingle that drives men to the end of their wits, and another about a haunting which Twain wrote as a satirical response to a fraudulent exhibit of the Cardiff Giant in New York.

Duration:00:25:30

Saki (H.H. Munro) – The Byzantine Omelette : The Schartz-Metterklume Method

7/18/2018
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Alright everyone, SFTR is officially on the road and temporarily nomadic, so we apologize for the audio quality in this episode. (In fact, if one listens carefully, one might even hear a truck backing up at the very end.) However, this will not take away […]

Duration:00:33:22

Hans Christian Andersen Pt. 2 – The Shadow

7/1/2018
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Identity crisis, unrequited love, loneliness– the themes in this Andersen’s adult fairy tale parallel his own struggles. Join us as we get deeper and darker into this beloved children author’s life! *May not be suitable for young kids. Parents’ discretion strongly advised. Recommended reading: […]

Duration:00:49:38

Hans Christian Andersen Pt. 1 – The Traveling Companion

6/18/2018
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Aaaaand we’re back! Starting our new season is a dark fairy tale about a traveler and his mysterious companion who turns out to be one hack of a wingman. Magic, mystery, friendship, a beautiful and cruel princess… truly, Andersen does not disappoint. And of course, […]

Duration:01:09:11

Summer Hiatus Announcement

5/15/2018
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We are on a break for May but we will be back in June! Stay tuned for more great stories!

Duration:00:01:37

028. SFTR FLASH! – The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant

4/27/2018
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Madame Loisel, wife of a government clerk, believes she was made for a more elegant life than the common, boring one she leads. Then one day, she gets an invitation that allows her to live her dream for one magical night– a night that would […]

Duration:00:19:22

027. SFTR FLASH! – Love of Life, by Jack London

4/20/2018
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The semester is nearing its end, and if you’re like us, you’re pretty much in survival mode. So here’s a hearty cheers to all trudging forward, and a good ol’ Jack London Man vs Wild story to keep things in perspective!

Duration:00:45:15

026. Sarah Orne Jewett – The Dulham Ladies

4/11/2018
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The Dobin sisters take their positions as leaders of society very seriously. They are, after all, responsible for holding “the standard of cultivated mind and elegant manners” as high as possible. However, as the two get older and finally reached the unwelcome realization that their […]

Duration:00:50:08

025. Sarah Orne Jewett’s A White Heron

3/31/2018
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A profound and meticulously crafted masterpiece, it is no wonder that this is such a popular choice among high-school teachers. Join us as we read and discuss this moving story of a little girl who had to make a choice between a young hunter and […]

Duration:00:49:22

024. SFTR FLASH! – The Red Headed League, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

3/19/2018
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Let’s hear it for everyone’s favorite detective!! Jabez Wilson, a humble pawnbroker, was recently hired into an easy, high paying job based on his distinctive physical trait. When this position was suddenly terminated and his employer nowhere to be found, he comes to Baker Street, […]

Duration:00:51:23

023. Frank Stockton’s The Lady Or The Tiger?

3/5/2018
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Frank Stockton’s most famous tale tells of a king whose unusual justice system pits accused criminals against the odds of his arena. Find out why this short story caused such a stir and why our hosts love it, yet think it’s the absolute worst story […]

Duration:00:42:30

022. Ambrose Bierce Pt. 2 — A Horseman in the Sky

2/27/2018
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Carter Druse, a young Union soldier, is on sentry duty on the cliffs of western Virgnia, guarding the valley where his regiment is hiding out, when he sees something that throws him into the biggest dilemma he has yet to face this war. Bierce fought […]

Duration:00:46:41

021. Ambrose Bierce Pt. 1 – An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

2/14/2018
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Set during the Civil War, this story tells of the escape of Peyton Farquhar, a southern sympathizer on the verge of execution. Bierce was many things during his lifetime: a soldier, a poet, a mining agent, you name it. But one thing he definitely wasn’t– […]

Duration:00:48:31

020. SFTR FLASH! – Bernice Bobs Her Hair, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2/7/2018
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“This was the test supreme of her sportsmanship; her right to walk unchallenged in the starry heaven of popular girls.” Bernice is pretty and wealthy, but men seem to find her dull. At the advice of her cousin, she attempts to change her image, and […]

Duration:00:55:46

019. SFTR FLASH! – Lady Eleanore’s Mantle, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1/29/2018
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This selection from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Legends of the Province House” tells the dark tale of Eleanore Rochcliffe, a young, beautiful girl, known for her scornful aristocratic pride as well as an embroidered mantle, which was believed to possess magical properties.

Duration:00:30:55

018. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories Pt. 2 – The Beginning of the Armadillos

1/22/2018
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In this episode, we read about the origin of one of Ning’s favorite animals. Then we get real as we discuss some of Kipling’s controversial views. Was this British Imperialist really as racist as everyone thinks? Or was there more to him? One thing for […]

Duration:00:44:23

017. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories Pt. 1 – The Cat That Walked By Himself

1/15/2018
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Happy 2018! We are finally back from our winter hiatus, and what better way to start the year than to read some origin stories? From the author who brought us Jungle Book, here is one about how the Cat’s stubborn refusal to be domesticated set […]

Duration:00:51:09