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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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– […]
“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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
It’s Christmas, kids, it’s Christmas! In this episode, we read two Christmas stories by Willa Cather and O. Henry and then listen to Dan tell interesting tales about the historical/mythological origins of different Christmas traditions. We also talk about strange and funny customs practiced in […]
When a feverish Rebel captain was admitted into Nurse Dane’s hospital, she was assigned to care for him with the assistance of a brooding, troubled contraband. Little did she know the history behind the two men, and the crucial role she must now play as […]
In this episode, we read one of Louisa May Alcott’s lesser known stories and look into her turbulent childhood. Set in the time of the French Revolution, The Banner of Beaumanoir tells of the love and loyalty of a foster brother and sister through thick […]