Lit Society: Books and Drama
SPOILERS!!! Our Favorite Dramatic Readings from Seasons 1 and 2

SPOILERS!!! Our Favorite Dramatic Readings from Seasons 1 and 2

December 2, 2021

🗣Hear ye, hear ye! We are geeks and not afraid to show it.

Fortunately, we have found a community of fellow book-loving weirdos in you, and for that, we're grateful. Today, we bring you the weirdest thing we do – dramatic readings of our favorite passages from our favorite (and least favorite) books. We've taken sections from past shows and stuffed them into one very strange episode.

Please note! There will be spoilers. So, if you haven't read ALL the books below, maybe don't listen to this episode. Instead, plant a tree and call your mom. Okay, bye.

 

Episodes referenced in this show:

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow: https://litsocietypod.com/the-sound-of-stars 

Animal Farm by George Orwell: https://litsocietypod.com/animal-farm/ 

Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner: https://litsocietypod.com/remembering-laughter/ 

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: https://litsocietypod.com/a-confederacy-of-dunces/ 

Season Finale: The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey and Michaela Angela Davis: https://litsocietypod.com/the-meaning-of-mariah-carey/ 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X As Told to Alex Haley: https://litsocietypod.com/the-autobiography-of-malcolm-x-as-told-to-alex-haley/ 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: https://litsocietypod.com/pride-and-prejudice/ 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Part 1): https://litsocietypod.com/anna-karenina-part-1/ 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Part 2): https://litsocietypod.com/anna-karenina-part-2/ 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: https://litsocietypod.com/jekyll-and-hyde/ 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 1): https://litsocietypod.com/jane-eyre-by-charlotte-bronte-part-1/ 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Part 2): https://litsocietypod.com/jane-eyre-part-2/ 

Persuasion by Jane Austen: https://litsocietypod.com/persuasion/ 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Part 1): https://litsocietypod.com/jurassic-park-by-michael-crichton-part-1/ 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (PART 2): https://litsocietypod.com/jurassic-park-by-michael-crichton-part-2/ 

 

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Our Favorite Books from Season Two

Our Favorite Books from Season Two

November 25, 2021

Some are good, some are great, and others are an abomination. We're talking books; specifically, we are discussing the books we loved (and hated) most from season two. If you're new to our podcast or a long-time listener, this is an excellent episode to find the books and discussion we enjoyed the most.

Which of these recommended reads are you bringing on your road trips and vacations this year? Let us know on social media or email us at AskUs@LITSocietyPod.com.

A few of the episodes we mention this show are as follows:
Persuasion: https://litsocietypod.com/persuasion
Anxious People: https://litsocietypod.com/anxious-people
Convenience Store Woman: https://litsocietypod.com/convenience-store-woman
Jurassic Park (Part 1): https://litsocietypod.com/jurassic-park-by-michael-crichton-part-1
Jurassic Park (Part 2): https://litsocietypod.com/jurassic-park-by-michael-crichton-part-2
The Wedding: https://litsocietypod.com/the-wedding-by-dorothy-west
Jane Eyre (Part 1): https://litsocietypod.com/jane-eyre-by-charlotte-bronte-part-1
Jane Eyre (Part 2): https://litsocietypod.com/jane-eyre-part-2
Deacon King Kong: https://litsocietypod.com/deacon-king-kong

 

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Let‘s Talk About PASSING, the New Movie on Netflix

Let‘s Talk About PASSING, the New Movie on Netflix

November 23, 2021

We talked about Passing by Nella Larsen three episodes ago. That book made an impact on our minds, and we won't soon forget the story of Clare and Irene. Fortunately for all of us, Netflix recently released a movie adaptation of that book, and we need to talk about it. Oooo chile, this movie!

The setting is Harlen in the 1920s. One Black woman, who sometimes passes as white, finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who's passing as white. Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Iron Man 3, Transcendence, Godzilla vs. Kong) makes her directorial debut with this intimate drama of racial identity starring Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Creed, Sylvie's Love, Selma) and Ruth Negga (Loving, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Let's get MOVIE-D!

🎧 Listen to our review of Passing, the book by Nella Larsen: https://litsocietypod.com/passing-by-nella-larsen/

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Will by Will Smith

Will by Will Smith

November 18, 2021

IT'S THE SEASON FINALE! Can y'all believe we've been reading books with you for TWO YEARS?! We're so grateful to you listeners who support our show and keep up with us on Instagram and Twitter. To close out the second season, Alexis has created a game you're sure to love: Is it a Song or a Movie? Guess correctly for a chance to win a virtual, nontransferable prize worth no monetary sum and which we will never provide you. Then, on to this week's book...

Moved to overcome the trauma of his youth, he attempts to build the perfect life. He finds success as a hip-hop artist, a television star, and one of the biggest movie stars of all time. His power to draw an audience is undeniable, but will his push toward perfection ruin his dreams?

The star: Willard Carroll Smith II
The book: Will by Will Smith

Let's get LIT!

 

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

November 11, 2021

Who doesn't love the smooth, mouthwatering goodness of chocolate? In bars, biscuits, and brownies, chocolate is the winning ingredient, but everything ain't always sweet when it comes to this treat. We'll tell you the story of a town that experienced the unthinkable, Death by Chocolate! 

Then, on to our book:

There are books – some big, some tall
That make you feel as if you're small
And like a kid who loves a story
You'll start to laugh at gloom that's gory
'Cause at the center of this tale
There is a man (it never fails)
His love for kids you won't find touching
Nor his indentured servants from other countries
But if you can stomach his dark fascinations
You may enjoy these prevarications
Even if you find him unsatisfactory
There's great fun to be had in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

LET'S GET LIT!

 

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Passing by Nella Larsen

Passing by Nella Larsen

November 4, 2021

This week, we're moving on up to the rooftop as Alexis takes us on a tour of the nation's top rooftop bars and restaurants.

Then, it's on to our book:

One woman finds her past sitting across a room, and, against her better judgment, she starts down a path that goes against everything she is and ever has been. In the end, she will find rest and security only through the sacrifice of another.
 
The woman: Irene Redfield
The book: Passing by Nella Larsen
 
LET'S GET LIT!
 
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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Spoiler-Free)

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Spoiler-Free)

October 28, 2021

Honestly, the last few years have been more challenging than high notes for J.Lo.  Friends and family are helping us keep our joy, despite everything. What if, though, you don't have as many friends as you'd like or what if your family lives far away? There's an app for that. You can build a friend, customizing everything from their style to the cadence of their voice. Tech companies are doing all they can to help us feel less lonely, but are these artificial friends doing more harm than good? We'll talk about it. Then, it's on to our book.

One uniquely intelligent AI finds herself among a human family that constantly breaks promises and acts disloyally. Yet, the AI is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for her new owner and their family. In the end, we must ask, "what is love," and does it belong only to those with a heart?

The intelligent AI: Klara

The book: Klara and the Sun

 

LET'S GET LIT!

 

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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (Spoiler-Free)

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (Spoiler-Free)

October 21, 2021

This week, Alexis puts Kari on the spot, for a change, with a game she invented based on the music of the '70s. Will Kari emerge the winner or suffer a defeat so humiliating that she quits the podcast and moves to Florida. Stay tuned.

Then, it's on to our book: A fictional story, written as a brilliant profile on one of the greatest and most misunderstood rock duos in history. Think Mick Jagger and Tina Turner - or Grace Jones + David Bowie. It interviews those responsible for Opal and Nev's rise to fame. Each producer, bandmate, and agent tell their side of who the two stars were and what role they played in the horrific event that led to a man's death and Opal and Nev's ostracization by industry insiders and wannabes for years to come.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

October 14, 2021

We've invented another game for you this week! Play along and see if you can beat Alexis. The theme is banned books, and a few of your favorites are sure to be on the list. Then, it's on to this week's feature...

Books are illegal, and being caught with one could mean your life. Society is high on the pacifying pleasures fed to them constantly, including catchy jingles and family-centered television. In this world, firemen don't stop fires; they cause them, bursting into the homes of arrested offenders and setting their literature ablaze. But one fireman has a secret that turns into a problem sure to burn his existence, including everyone he knows, to ash.

The disillusioned firefighter? Guy Montag
The book: Fahrenheit 451

LET'S GET LIT!

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Part 2)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Part 2)

October 7, 2021

Before we dive into the thrilling conclusion of Jurassic Park, we have to get something off of our chest. Is this a safe space? Can we be honest about one of the darkest habits of society? That's right. Zoos.

Are memories of innocent animals restricted in cages the highlight of your childhood? Well, we're not judging, but let's be real about where menageries and zoos started and why so many people are turning away from them. Shout out to Bubbles.

Then it's on to part two of Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton. Where we ended last week, the chaos was only beginning. Now the dinos are getting their Sha'Carri on all over the park, with no one able to stop them. Who will survive when the dust settles, and where did the movie diverge from the book?

LET'S GET LIT!

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A brief look at Ming the Tiger, who lived in a Harlem apartment building: https://youtu.be/V_bhpR85mD4.

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This week's LIT Indie: Pilsen Community Books

1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 478-9434

 

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