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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May 28, 2020 84 min
Get it? Because Achilles has zero chill? Megan and RJ also find themselves lacking chill as they attempt to navigate the first of Homer's epic poem duology, The Iliad, starting with the important question: Just what does it mean to be 10-Year War Hot? RJ defends fictional historical sites, Megan gets lost in the mythological sauce, and instead of chasing waterfalls, we learn to stab the rivers and lakes that we're used to.
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May 14, 2020 101 min
There's no getting around it, this episode on Kurt Vonnegut's seminal novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, is big. A big, meaty episode all about time, space, war, trauma, and also, for absolutely no reason at all, French philosopher Michel Foucault's weird bald head. Taking the trip to Tralfamadore with Megan and RJ is Rob Kristoffersen of the podcast Our Strange Skies, who doesn't really help so much as talk about finger-p...
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April 30, 2020 72 min
What do Iowa tourism slogans, college mascots, Mel Gibson movie corrections, Miami Dolphins draft options, and institutionalized racism all have in common? Probably more than you think but mainly they're all things we end up somehow talking about in the course of our episode on Sandra Cisnero's contemporary YA classic, The House on Mango Street. Hey, at least we managed not to talk about Pitbull for once.
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April 16, 2020 79 min
If we could turn back time, we'd probably make Cher less of a major cornerstone on this episode about Henry James's spooky novella The Turn of The Screw but it's too late for that now! RJ makes his spectacular return in an episode rife with song titles, interrupting trains, cat-chewing, ESPN-checking, and occasionally actually talking about the book. We're back, and we got you, babe.
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We're sitting at the razor's edge of madness as Matt Johnston aka The Narcissist Cookbook joins Megan to share his feelings on HBO's adaptation of the His Dark Materials novel series, which are that it sucks so bad. Megan Rambles About Books They Read Years Ago, we appreciate The Princess Bride, Matt defends World War Z, and we learn that maybe we're all a little bit naked sometimes. In front of our neighbors, speci...

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March may be winding down but the madness continues with Paul Csomo, host of the amazing animal podcast Varmints! The exclamation point is part of the show's title but also indicative of the level of excitement you should have as Megan and Paul discuss book-huffers, defacers, skippers, and other such weirdsies. Also, we dunk on RJ a whole bunch. Sorry, bud.  

Listen to Paul (and his co-host Donna) at https://varmints.podbean.com...

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Witcher? I hardly know her! March Mini Madness continues as Megan is given a lesson in Witcher Literature (Witcherature) by Joe Raspolich, co-host of Life, Death, and Taxonomy.  Together they'll play guessing games, critique Witcher world fashion, contemplate destiny, mispronounce even more character names than the last episode, and fall in love with foul-mouthed parrots and the sheer charisma of an ass you can toss a coin to y...

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Our first entry into Miniaturized Madness in March is with Webby-nominated(!) Kate Wallinga, host of Ignorance Was Bliss and co-host of LifeWorld. Megan and Kate ostensibly discuss the pointless pedantry of book-shaming someone for not having read something but quickly veer off into Harry Potter character mispronouncing, author call-outs, and So You've Accidentally Written Something Problematic: A Guide. Also, we take away some...

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February 27, 2020 63 min
RJ has officially left ON!LC HQ and Megan is totally handling it super well (he's fine, it's fine, we're fine). Until your favorite book idiots are reunited, please enjoy this retrospective of some of our greatest hits and relive the singing, screeching, shaming, and sex jokes that make our show the Internet's #1 Podcast for Literature and Penile Humours.
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February 14, 2020 72 min
We're celebrating our 3rd birthday with Big Willy Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and everyone's* invited! Ready your "no" face to learn why vicious sarcasm is the truest love language, how to give off Big Thursday Energy, the benefits of faking your death, and the importance of taking your Geritol. *Mark Rylance is not invited.
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January 30, 2020 80 min
While we may be more equipped to talk about Sesame Street, this episode we're covering If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. Join us on a journey through a lyrical, tragic, beautiful story as we learn about the 90s band Live, just what kicks are on Route 66, and the art of the stamp biography. RJ threatens a fetus and Megan says "this is really interesting" 10,000 times.
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Megan and RJ are prancing and dancing their way into 2020 like a regular pair of Jellicle cats as they take on TS Eliot and his wildly disparate body of work, including poems of fragmented existential Modernist despair and also itty bitty kitty-cats. Also: Meeting our Simpsons and Star Wars quotes, daring to eat peaches, getting distracted by postmodernism and Kevin Bacon...again.
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December 19, 2019 71 min
Megan and RJ attempt to atone for their episode 69-related sins with a dose of wholesome holiday cheer via ETA Hoffmann's classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker! Wherein a potentially insane clockmaker refuses to help a small girl who's being extorted by a mouse with seven heads! Megan is confused by ballet, RJ does some exceptional word-mangling, and we make every possible "nut" joke in existence. From the midrol...
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Ok, for real this time: E.L. James and her Twilight Businessman BDSM fan fiction are here and Megan and RJ are going to do everything in their power to make it possibly even worse than it already was. Featuring: Conspiracy theories, butt-whipping, bold creative writing choices, spicy meatballs, live nude Shakespearian drama, and more. Holy cow indeed.
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November 28, 2019 49 min
It's here. Episode 69. Which means it's time to gird your loins and put on your DJs. That's right, your Dom Jeans. Welcome to 50 Shades of Grey, Happy Thanksgiving, and also we're very sorry.
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November 14, 2019 58 min
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and we took the one that led to a dingdong joke, and that has made all the difference. It's time for some Robert Frost! RJ gets nihilistic about roads and salad, Megan thinks about death, and Robert Frost attempts to solve Communism with poetry. Also featured: boneless donuts, The Road Not Taken: The Remix, and why snow is an illegal immigrant.
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October 31, 2019 66 min
In this episode, we learn that anything can happen on Halloween, including vampire lesbians as we read Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's gothic, sapphic novella, Carmilla (or Mircalla, or Millarca...or Clam Rail). Along the way, we'll revisit the acronym RJ refuses to let go of, learn about moon magic, what in the hell a schloss is, and listen to Megan be an absolute Numbers Idiot. Happy Halloween!
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October 17, 2019 68 min
Who's that Pokemon? It's Sherlock Holmes! It makes sense in context! We continue our Halloween celebration by dipping our toes into the deep, dark depths of the world of Sherlock Holmes and his sexy lamp, John Watson with The Hound of the Baskervilles! Hone those deduction skills with Victorian negging, Seinfeld impressioning, bog experiencing, and the scariest thing of all: college financial planning!
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October 3, 2019 75 min
It's the Season of Spooks and Scares and we're starting with Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, with the help of Moxie, host of Your Brain on Facts, who’s just FULL of facts...mostly about how best to see Liam Neeson's ween. Master the art of self-haunting, discover your Useless Psychic Gifts, and catch up on the hottest teen slang as we learn that sometimes the real ghosts are the kinks we shamed along t...
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September 19, 2019 76 min
Like a candy bar offered to you by a creepy British man, sink your teeth into this episode as we cover another writer still kickin’ it with the modern classic, Atonement, where we learn how a young girl's lies can ruin the lives of her loved ones but score her a sweet book deal. Also featured: Cat ASMR, being horny on main for Keira Knightley, and Emotions With RJ.
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