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Novel Conversations is a podcast summarizing the world’s greatest works of classic literature: in 35 minutes you get the whole story from cover to cover. If CliffsNotes had an audio-bestfriend, it would be us! Each episode, Frank Lavallo hosts two readers, and the three of them share their reactions to the story and read their favorite passages along the way. If you're looking for a good story, you're in the right place. *This podcast is a production of the Ohio Film Tax Credit.
 
Oh No! Lit Class is a semi-educational comedy literature podcast hosted by Megan and RJ, two bitter English grads who are here to tell you all the weird and sexy things you never knew about the books you had to read in school. Let's ruin some literary classics together. New episodes released every other Thursday.
 
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This episode is for everyone who missed high school pop quizzes...or if you didn't, don't worry...we WATCHED THE MOVIE! Abi and Matt review The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020). Plus some quiz questions. This episode was also fake sponsored by SparkNotes. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend Jo…
 
~~~LAUREN'S HOUSEKEEPING SECTION~~~ Deadline for our 1st anniversary call-in show is AUGUST 14th. Call us or email us with your questions, comments, concerns, parody songs: Voicemail: 443-584-6486 Email: teixeira.lauren@gmail.com; deohringer@gmail.com T-SHIRTS: Help Lauren go (deeper) into the black by buying a t-shirt! All shirts come with a handw…
 
We were a little perplexed when Torrey Peters came groveling before us to come on the show. She’d written a best-selling novel with big topical themes--and other odd things like scenes, characters, plot. Why did she want to talk to two people who’ve devoted their own discourse to a seemingly shapeless, semi-essayistic inventory of one Norwegian’s l…
 
Hello dear listener! This week we are doing something we have never done...taking a break. Matt and Abi are taking a short vacation but we promise we will be back next week when we will review The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019). In the meantime, we just wanted to let you know how much we love you and appreciate the time you take to li…
 
Our Struggle returns! It's 100 degrees outside so come out to the shore and take a trip under the boardwalk with us and our very special guest Joshua Cohen (author of The Netanyahus; buy it now)! A Book of Questions about our season 2 premiere: Why is Joshua Cohen compared only to the dead? What is the sound of one ball-sack slapping against wet ti…
 
SUMMER OF FUN! To mark the first days of summer, we're kicking things off with the new musical in theaters (don't ask Abi which type of theater, she doesn't know)...In The Heights (2021). Plus some other modernish movie musicals, and a lot of singing as always. It's a Carnival del Podcast for sure. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! T…
 
In the wake of their newfangled fame, Lauren and Drew look back at the themes and characters of Season 1 and attend to correspondence from fans and detractors. Sample of Drew’s “intricate notes”: -Cold open w/Drew’s senioritis suicide note -game of pricks --season 1 finale montage badinage --things we can’t talk about; a final solution for goldendo…
 
This week is all about Taylor, and all you have to do is stay. We review Miss Americana (2020)...and reveal what we would do if we got to meet Taylor Swift. Plus, a draft of the album 1989, and some singing of course. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at johnhollahan.bandcamp.com…
 
Surely one of our most Knausgaardian episodes yet - we spent four hours last Sunday afternoon - a rainy, unseasonably cold day in the mid-Atlantic - chatting with brilliant art critic and prolific croissant eater Dean Kissick. Manhattan traffic hummed outside of Dean's window, we took a yogurt break followed by a coffee break, there was a brief dra…
 
We promise this episode of NAMPIH makes more sense than the movie Tenet (although not by much). Abi overexplains, Matt ignores her, it's a good time. Plus you get to think about YakBaks which is never time wasted. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at johnhollahan.bandcamp.com…
 
WE ARE BACK! After a dire situation earlier this month, Our Struggle returns, as lo-fi and perfunctory as ever! It's just us boys again this ep but be assured we have some VERY prestigious and intellectual guests on the horizon, so if you're one of those dweebs who listens to our show for so-called "literary criticism" and "thoughtful discussion of…
 
Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there, including our amazing moms, even though they hate the movie Gladiator. In this episode, Abi and Matt review You Were Never Really Here (2017). If you were looking for a movie to watch with your mother this past weekend...this one would have been an odd choice. Email us at n…
 
It's that time of year again...the time where all the most important people put on their fanciest clothes, does up their hair, and gathers to listen to...the NAMPIH Awards! We PROMISE they are less weird than the Oscars were! Plus, Abi and Matt discuss a NAMPIH favorite, A League of Their Own (1992). And Tom Hanks. And how he's overrated (so says A…
 
After a run of well-received episodes with prestigious guests and a Bookforum mention we are ready for our slow decline! It's just us boys on this pod, testing out our new mics and recording software, beginning to drift imperceptibly away from our lo-fi roots & thus our scruffy charm and ultimately, our integrity. But for now we're talking about tr…
 
Critic Leo Robson is our erudite and eloquent guide as we lose ourselves in the estuaries and marshes of Henry James’s sinuous “blue river of truth.” We begin in the archives of Leo’s G-chat and Whatsapp messages, where he first heard--and ignored--whispers of KOK’s boundless literary project. His indifference breaks down, however, after he and fri…
 
Just a warning...this episode includes everything you never wanted to know from two movie podcasters about yardwork. Abi and Matt also review the movie The Forty Year Old Version (2020), and discuss why first-time directors are the best. Listen if you want to hear Matt rap a little. Plus, in all of our excitement about yards, we forgot to assign th…
 
We did it folks. We somehow got a Pulitzer Prize winner to go on the pod. And can I just say? Not only is my close personal friend Ben (as I call him, because of how tight we are) a Pulitzer Prize winner, he is also a PERFECT 10 (google image search him). If you don't feel like googling him let me briefly list his credentials: he wrote the DEFINITI…
 
It's sci-fi week...meaning forget everything you thought you knew about our podcast. Abi and Matt review the movie Coherence (2013) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Or is it alternate universe versions of Abi and Matt??? You will NEVER KNOW. Plus glow sticks. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan…
 
It's one fish, two fish, red fish, racism fish as we dive into the dark underbelly of Dr. Seuss (no, seriously). Learn which of his whimsical rhymes Have Not Aged Well and about his takes on Japanese internment camps, which were just always bad. Also: Sneetch Taint, Ted Cruz Fails to Understand Books for Babies, and why every Dr. Seuss book is bett…
 
IT'S THE RETURN OF THE WELSH WARRIOR! The Duke of Cardiff himself, prestigious CNN journalist James Griffiths is back on the pod and folks?? We got a little off topic!! But who gives a shit, you don't pay for this (yet) and what is a Knausgaard podcast without copious digression (the imitative fallacy can fuck right off)!! Due what I am self diagno…
 
Challenge accepted! This week we review another animated movie nominated this year...Wolfwalkers. Plus how it stacks up against Abi's previous Soul prediction. And if it wasn't obvious before, Abi and Matt know very little about history. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at johnh…
 
If you have listened to even one episode of this show you know that we are obsessed with Karl Ove's meals, from the open sandwiches and rissoles of his youth to the smug quinoa salads he avoids as an adult in Stockholm. Well guess what? We somehow got prestigious food writer (and KOK superfan) Alicia Kennedy to agree to come on the pod to talk spre…
 
The time has come...To All The Boys: Always and Forever is here, and we have answered the call to review it. Plus the hard hitting issues like yearbook entries, and graduation songs. And how Matt compares to Peter Kavinsky. Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at johnhollahan.bandca…
 
Our Struggle returns, and this time it's "just us boys"! This is a vibes-packed episode that is sure to alienate any new so-called intellectual listeners we may have gained via our show with esteemed Gen X critic Christian L but who gives a shit, we're vibing out like it's the first weekend of 1985 and Dad has left us a basket of fresh shrimp and a…
 
We're blaming Rent: The Musical for mispronouncing Maya Angelou's last name all these years because we can. And because it's just another reason to hate Rent. We're also reading her poetry. That too. Join us and discover Angelou's cable-car aspirations, learn how to dance like you've got diamonds in your pants, endure Bad Takes from old white dude …
 
Are we sound editing experts? No...no we are not. But do we pretend to be in this episode...why yes we do! This week we review Sound of Metal (2019/2020). Plus, a discussion of the Golden Globe nominations - and some bragging rights for Matt! Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at …
 
Our Struggle returns, and this time with highly prestigious guest Christian Lorentzen! In addition to being our new token Gen X friend, Christian is a famous literary critic whose work appears regularly in Harper's, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and other high falutin venues. He has not only reviewed book 6 of My Struggl…
 
Happy 4th birthday to us! What did we get ourselves to celebrate? Ah, nothing much, just the epic tale of two pedantic idiots fighting over possession of The Last Brain Cell as they make their dramatic journey to Hell and back (which happens to involve a massive, hemisphere-shaking ween). ...We're talking about Dante and Virgil. Not Megan and RJ. I…
 
Who doesn't need a trip to the French Riviera these days? This week we review Priceless (2008), and fall in love with Audrey Tautou, and basset hounds, and scooters. Plus, what we're watching on our winter snow days! Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Hollahan. Find him at johnhollahan.bandcamp.com/…
 
ON!LC is back and we're taking things in a new direction: straight to hell! Specifically, the Inferno, as we lay out the biography of Dante Alighieri and the historical context for The Divine Comedy in the first of our two-part special. RJ ruins Lord of The Rings Forever, Megan genders some genres, and we decide that 2021 is The Year We Get Cancell…
 
This week we review two movies - An American Pickle (2020) and Muriel's Wedding (1994) - released 25 years apart. But if you think that means we can't tie these two together...you are mistaken! Mostly tied together by Abi's hatred, and Matt's eternal optimism. See who wins! Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good fr…
 
After a nearly two month hiatus, Our Struggle returns! Lauren and Drew are back and spicier than ever, delivering for you our timely review of KOK's new essay collection "In the Land of the Cyclops" (which to be clear neither of us have read) before getting on with struggle session 1.2 covering Karl Ove's My Struggle book 1 reflections on his diape…
 
This week we kick off the New Year with a few of our favorite things in movies from 2020 (if you remember back to our 2019 list of best things...you'll know this is a list to pay attention to). Plus a review of Mank (2020), and some (okay one) listener email! Email us at namingamoviepodcastishard@gmail.com! Theme music by our good friend John Holla…
 
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the 'cast, Megan and RJ had lost it at last. Answering listener questions about which authors to date, and which authors they'd choose to punch authors they hate. Questions about cats, libraries, and more became arguing about maritime law and weird porn. And if you're feeling the year-end blues, jus…
 
NAMPIH's annual holiday special...and we celebrate in the only way we know how...with the annual Vanessa Hudgens movie! This week we review The Princess Switched: Switched Again (2020), and dive into the deep political themes of the movie... If that doesn't hook you, we'll tell you how good of a science student Matt was. Email us at namingamoviepod…
 
1984 follows the life of Winston Smith, a low ranking member of ‘the Party’, who is frustrated by the omnipresent eyes of the party, and its ominous ruler, Big Brother. Orwell effectively explores the themes of mass media control, government surveillance, how a dictator can manipulate and control history, thoughts, and lives in such a way that no o…
 
We'll get this out of the way now: No, we haven't watched season 2 of The Mandalorian. Yes, we know his name is Grogu. Now. After calling him Gorgu 500 times. Oops. Hey, it's all part of falling down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland by Probable Pervert Lewis Carroll. Featuring: Unlocking the mystery of why all Alice in Wonderland adaptation…
 
This week's episode is devoted to...the turn of the century...the year of Y2K...the most underrated year of movie-making??...the one, the only, the year 2000! We review a movie with a special place in our hearts, Frequency (2000), devoted to all those depressed Mets fans out there. Plus, for those who, like Abi, have abandoned sports this year, we …
 
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