180-CraftLit, meet Bard. Bard, meet CraftLit-Connecticut Yankee


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5 Responses

  1. Arielle says:

    I’m way behind on my podcast listening, but I just wanted to say that I loved the shoutout to dramaturgs in this episode! As a dramaturg who specializes in Shakespeare myself, it’s nice to hear someone speak with admiration about another member of our misunderstood profession.

    I would love to hear some Shakespeare on CraftLit, and I would love to participate in discussion about it with Heather and everyone else. We’re working very hard at Librivox to complete the Shakespeare canon, and are actually almost there, with only a few of the more obscure plays yet to be released. (Btw, it’s Andy Minter, not Chip, who was Lear in the famous one-week King Lear, but there have also been lots of other Shakespeare plays, and many other dramas as well, completed since that one was done in 2007.)

  2. Melanie says:

    I have to respectfully disagree witl Laurel’s comment about skinny or atheltic girls not getting early breasts. Though I guess she did say SHE had never seen it, so I guess I’m not actually disagreeing… My neice actually had this happen to her when she was about Age 4 (she is now 16.) and she was actually on the low end of the weight spectrum for her height (and trust me, she was QUITE active.) As I lived with my sister at the time, I know first hand that her diet was a pretty healthy one (including a CSA membership for veggies!) As a fairly new mom of a little girl (5 months) I am now even more concerned about this issue. It’s obviously a problem that needs a lot more attention than it is getting.

  3. Laurel says:

    When you were talking about little girls developing too early, that struck a nerve. From what I’ve read, it isn’t puberty that is occurring, it is breast development. I see a connection between this and weight/fitness. I’ve never seen a skinny or athletic girl with early breasts. Eating well is not all about poverty, although cities do play a huge factor. If you aren’t in a city, farmers markets can be quite inexpensive. Peas, beans and rice are still cheap, and some of the best food around. The basic problem is that the stuff we shouldn’t eat tastes good, so people prefer it. While I’m not saying we should ignore food safety, some of our worries are like a smoker worrying about Alar on his apples. The poor food choices are the biggest factor in a lot of these problems. Education is part of it, but food is not an intellectual experience.

  4. Caroline says:

    I had previously voted for Woman in White, but The Awakening is a great idea so I just put in a vote for that. I still want to do My Antonia though, something I should have read and never did…

    As to the anachronistic way Twain presents King Arthur’s England (i.e. as medieval instead of 6th century) – as far as I know, this is how Arthurian England was presented by everyone, right up past Tennyson and into the 20th century (“Camelot” was in the early 1960s), because they were all influenced by Malory. Malory definitely presents Arthurian England in medieval trappings, and he was the source of the general public’s Arthurian knowledge for centuries. I am not sure when it became widely known that Arthur, if he actually lived, would have been a Briton fighting Saxons in the 6th century.

    I loved how The Boss started talking Malory English there for awhile, it was pretty funny.