Oh No! Lit Class

Oh No! Lit Class

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.... Show More

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You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder why we keep talking about Star Wars as we recount Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed classic, The Remains of The Day, the most frustratingly captivating novel about a butler who does not have sex. We revisit being Too British For Feelings, give up on our jazz dreams, and remember that we're all complicit in war crimes. And also nude John Cleese. We're all complicit in that too.

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The authors are only mostly dead in this special request episode that takes us to the sci-fi space futures of "Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler and "Sandkings" by George RR Martin. Learn the do's and don'ts of exotic (occasionally human) pet ownership as Megan gets a phobia of bugs and novel-related nomenclature while RJ talks like the animals and enlists in the #StugotzArmy Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/OhNoLitClas... Read more

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We step through CS Lewis's titular wardrobe into Narnia with Matt Johnston aka The Narcissist Cookbook to take a story of magical lands and good vs evil that's been dear to him since childhood and just ruin it. Just really leave it in shambles. Highlights include the logistics of lion circumcision, candy worth betraying your family for, founding the Susan Pevensie Appreciation Club, and the Secret Origins of RJ. Listen to Matt as... Read more

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Take a trip down memory lane to Little Golden Book Land as we take advantage of a mysterious delivery to revisit such greats as The Poky Little Puppy and Tootle! Learn about LGB's humble beginnings, how Scuffy the Tugboat can defeat Thanos, and why the illustrations are not as cute as you remember. We fancast a hip new Little Golden Movie, try not to sexualize trains, and achieve our dreams at zombo.com

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We're celebrating TWO YEARS of unbridled book nonsense with an ON!LC first: getting someone who actually knows what the hell they're talking about to help us out. Dr. Carla Maria Thomas lends her Olde English expertise as we take on Beowulf, the epic poem about Live Nude Monster Fights. Megan kinkshames Neil Gaiman, RJ gets titillated over Tom Brady, and Carla teaches us how to properly pronounce words, thank God. Support us on Pa... Read more

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Oh Lord do we ever feel it coming as we dive back into the weird, wonderful, nearly constantly horny world of poetry with E.E. Cummings (and learn why we definitely wrote his name properly here). RJ remembers the 90s, Megan defends Avante Garde art against good sense, and we all learn that real love is less about marriage and more about being true to your farts.

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We're joined by author, comic writer, and Dickens-hating enthusiast BJ Mendelson as we read A Tale of Two Cities and learn that, while the revolution may not be televised, it WILL be knit into a sweater. Discover just how Batman and the WWE figure into the literary canon while BJ attacks Dickens for being an asshole, RJ attacks Napolean for being short, and Megan attacks the French language by attempting to speak it at all. Follow... Read more

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We're talking Mark Twain and super excited to be rolling down the Mississippi River with literary rhyme-master and self-professed Huck Finn fanboy MC Lars! Lars does his best to teach Megan and RJ a thing as we discuss the validity of lucky chest hair, Mark Twain The Shakespeare Truther, why Tom Sawyer is a terrifying sociopath, and awkwardly cross the minefield of the novel's racial controversies as only three white people can. C... Read more

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February 7, 2019 81 min

We're celebrating TWO YEARS of unbridled book nonsense with an ON!LC first: getting someone who actually knows what the hell they're talking about to help us out. Dr. Carla Maria Thomas lends her Olde English expertise as we take on Beowulf, the epic poem about Live Nude Monster Fights. Megan kinkshames Neil Gaiman, RJ gets titillated over Tom Brady, and Carla teaches us how to properly pronounce words, thank God. Support us on Pa... Read more

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Grab your lyre, warm up those vocal cords and get ready to head to Hades because it's time to get mythological, baby! We're tackling the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a tale of lovers doomed by a failure to follow instructions that is almost literally as old as time. Along the way, we'll find out whether Cardi B. can bring your wife back to life and if Plato did indeed have that good butt tho. Megan uses the episode as an excuse to... Read more

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January 10, 2019 88 min

Happy New Year! ON!LC is back in a big way as Reid Messerschmidt of The Irrationally Exuberant Podcast joins Megan and RJ to make the case for Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome, the classic tale of the worst winter-sports-related suicide pact ever. Along the way, we'll ponder the peculiarities of pickle dishes, learn some Horse Facts, and understand what it means to be horny inside your heart. Grab a sled, take your pants off, and... Read more

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What better way to get ready to ring in 2019 by grabbing 2018 by the balls and flinging it as far away as possible with another bonus minisode from the ON!LC vault? ...This metaphor may have gotten away from us. In this episode, Megan has a petty pet peeve over famous miscontextualized phrases from literature and people's habits of getting them tattooed on their bodies. Meanwhile, RJ embraces the inherent meaninglessness of the uni... Read more

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December 25, 2018 17 min

Merry Christmas! Dive under the Christmas tree (that's how that works, right?) and unwrap this previously Patreon-exclusive minisode where guest Matt Hocker, surrealist comedian, Strange Human, and host of the appropriately-titled Matt Hocker Show, drops in to provide some startlingly deep thoughts on the evolution of language, exposing Megan for the dingbat she is. Postmodernism rears its ugly head again as we talk about fanfictio... Read more

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In this massive final episode of 2018, all your burning questions will be answered, like what piece of classic literature needs to be made into a Muppet movie? Which Bronte sister could you beat in a fistfight? Was Helen Keller an asshole? And where are all these trains coming from? You'll also learn how to sort out your student loans, understand French literary theory, and pull sweet professorial pranks. Happy Holidays and #PrayF... Read more

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November 29, 2018 69 min

Smash that emergency Shakespeare button and keep your arms and legs inside the podcast for an appropriately semi-lucid episode on A Midsummer Night's Dream! Learn all about Shakespeare's famed comedy about horny idiots in the woods...that sat around in obscurity for like 200 years. Because Puritans. RJ makes the case against parties, Megan makes enemies of theater kids everywhere, and we discover what timeless Christmas film was in... Read more

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November 15, 2018 56 min

On this episode, we take a look at some positively lilliputian ladies in Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age novel, Little Women and learn why the Civil War is basically just the first Pokemon movie, how true Transcendentalism is hitting Ralph Waldo Emerson up for cash, and why Wrongfully Accused is an underrated classic. Megan advocates sibling murder, RJ examines the financial merits of cult life, and we all say "Awwww" a b... Read more

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October 31, 2018 51 min

What's that in your candy bucket? Is it a bonus week of spooks and scares just in time for Halloween?! Join us and learn why A Rose for Emily is less about The Bachelor and more about oblivious townsfolk and tax evasion, while The October Game teaches you how to throw the perfect Halloween party. We do some voices, struggle with some songs, and invent what will surely become ONLC's most beloved character ever.

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October 25, 2018 50 min

Gird your gourds for more Halloween goodness as we begin our short story spookstravaganza! RJ discusses feminism and unfortunate interior decorating in The Yellow Wallpaper, and Megan explores the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and how being a jerk can get you ghost-murdered. Or regular murdered. It's unclear. Meanwhile, Rhode Island doubles down on racist authors, and we all learn the importance of going "First!"

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It's the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year! Halloween! Obviously. On this spine-tingling episode, Megan and RJ take a trip down Queer Street to examine The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! Witness the classic terrors of inheritance law, Victorian moral hypocrisy, and Vague, Unspecified Crime! Learn the finer points of forcing your child to be a lighthouse engineer, why being a good actor can make you a murder suspect, a... Read more

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September 27, 2018 70 min

On this episode, Megan and RJ take Agatha Christie's sinister choo-choo train to her classic mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Along for the ride is Jess, a high school English teacher and certified Christie-head. We learn that murder is the secret to getting kids to read more, the importance of a well-groomed mustache, and how Christie once pulled a Walter White. Meanwhile, Megan struggles to say a single character nam... Read more

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