There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast

There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast

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April 23, 2020 32 min

In which Carla celebrates World Book Day by reading from her own novel in progress, working title Bonnie Mommie, that she first read from in episodes 2: Casey Anthony and Bonnie MacNara and 8: Toxic Doxology.

 

Referenced episodes on official website:

2: Casey Anthony and Bonnie MacNara

8: Toxic Doxology

 

Theme song and stinger: “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me, off their Pleasure album: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Haunted_Me...

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April 3, 2020 14 min

In which Carla reads a lesser-known Poe story, "The Oval Portrait".

 

Show Notes:

Story Read:

"The Oval Portrait”, Edgar Allan Poe, April 1842

Read online with linked vocabulary words and references at Poestories.com

Recommended Reading:

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, Norton Critical Edition

 

Referenced Episodes:

  • 1 Poe and Carla and Cupcakes: Nicetomeetcha
  • 39 Sweet
  • 51 Elegant Nastiness
  • 53 Exquisite Mayhem
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    February 27, 2020 47 min

    In which Carla explores a favorite horror author of Victorian England, and finds an marvelous polymath, an LGBTQ icon, and a woman who rescued ancient Egypt and explored terra incognita.

     

    Show Notes:

    Story read: “The Phantom Coach”, Amelia B. Edwards

    Recommended Reading:

  • The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Amelia B. Edwards 
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody no. 1) by Elizabeth Peters
  • https://www.goodreads.com/au...

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    In which Carla reads again from her novel-in-progress, Watching the Detectives.


    And they were all rich. Rich in looks, rich in opportunity, rich in already wasted opportunities, rich in network, and rich in funds. And rich in frustrations, many of which they could not even name.

    --Carla Pettigrew Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives

    Theme song and stinger: “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me, off their Pleasure album: https://freemusic...

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    December 14, 2019 16 min

    In which Carla tells two stories that explain finding cupcakes in dark places: one is her story, one is Leonard Cohen's.

    Referenced reading: The Flame, by Leonard Cohen: his full acceptance speech for the Prince of Asturias Award, on October 21, 2011, from which I quoted in this episode, begins on page 267.

    Leonard Cohen at Apple Music

    Greg Behrendt, “There Might Be Cake”, Original Uncool (2011): Apple Music, Spotify

    My favorit...

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    October 12, 2019 18 min

    In which Carla reads a Turkish folktale about a boy who goes on a quest to find out what fear is.

    Sources:

    Story: "The Boy Who Found Fear At Last", collected first by Ignaz Kunos, from the Olive Fairy Book, Andrew Lang

    Music: Podcast theme song and stingers: “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me, off their Pleasure album: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Haunted_Me/Pleasure/

     

    How to Support Cupcakes:

    Sponsor: Audible

    Sponsor: B...

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    September 23, 2019 24 min

    In which Carla investigates why the place in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is called Gilead.

    Books referenced: 

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

    The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault

     

    Sources:

    Easton’s Bible Dictionary

    International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

    New Revised Standard Version Bible translation (NRSV)

    The Center for Juda...

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    September 12, 2019 68 min

    In which Carla further explores the Three Mothers horror movie series--Suspiria, Inferno, and Mother of Tears--as started in the episode Elegant Nastiness, by examining Luca Guadagnino's 2018 remake of Suspiria, taking a fresh look at Suspiria's influence, the fairy tale "Little Snow White", and taking a deep dive into the themes of identity, sleep and dreams, and, of course, motherhood.

    Sources:

    Books referenced:

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    In which Carla interviews horror author Mike Bockoven, creator of FantasticLand (2016) and Pack (2018).

     

    Mike Bockoven:

    Facebook: facebook.com/BockovenBooks

    Twitter: @mikebockoven

    Instagram: @mikebockoven

    FantasticLand 

    Pack

     

    How to Support Cupcakes:

    Sponsor: Audible

    Sponsor: Birchbox

    Sponsor: Care/Of Vitamins 

    Patreon: Cupcakes

    Flattr: flattr/@theremightbecupcakes

     

    Where to Find Cupcakes:

    Facebook Page: theremightbe...

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    June 21, 2019 39 min

    In which Carla dives deep into the mythology of the Three Mothers, Maters Suspirioum, Mater Tenebrarum, and Mater Lacrymarum of the Dario Argento and Luca Guadgnino horror movies, and explores dance and architecture as spellwork, as well as a tie-in to Disney and the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers.

    Book referenced: Horror! 333 Movies to Scare You to Death by James Harriott and Kim Newman

     

    Source for music snippet: Goblin, "...

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    In which Carla celebrates episode 50 by answering the questions of the Proust Questionnaire.

     

    Books to read:

    Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminairies Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life

     

    Referenced Episodes:

  • This Girl Just Had A Bad Date
  • A Different World 
  • Family Trees
  • My writing: Bonnie and Charlie: Casey Anthony and Bonnie MacNara
  • My writing: Beatrice and Gwendolyn: Watching the Detectives and Watching...
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    March 3, 2019 35 min

    In which Carla talks about where she has been--in complex PTSD therapy and in major EDS flareup--and reviews the very best books she has read this year, in therapy and, of course, for fun. Much horror and true crime was enjoyed.

    Referenced Episodes:

  • This Girl Just Had A Bad Date
  • A Different World
  • The Mill Girl
  • Recommended Reading:

    CPTSD:

  • Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society by Dr. Bessel ...
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    January 30, 2019 13 min

    In which Carla celebrates two lives well lived, one in letters, one in play, both in finding and making cupcakes. Both lives have anniversaries in January: Mary Oliver, and Carla's younger brother, Eric.

     

    Source for Mary Oliver’s reading her poem “Wild Geese”: https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/mary-oliver-reads-wild-geese (https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/24/mary-oliver-reads-wild-geese/)

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    In which Carla revisits the Victorian Christmas tradition of scary stories at Christmas by reading two classics of the era--and, in doing so, explores the not-well-known genesis of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, to boot. Things get silly and eerie in turn. Come sit by the fire and enjoy some cupcakes and wassail.

    Related and Referenced Episode: 32: What the Dickens

     

    Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes

    Facebook Group: There Might ...

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    October 30, 2018 30 min

    In which Carla reads Jennifer McMahon's short story "The Mill Girl", released especially for Halloween 2018.

    "The Mill Girl" copyright 2018 Jennifer McMahon, published by Penguin Random House

    Music: “Comadreamers I”, Haunted Me

    Official Site for Jennifer McMahon 

    Recommended reading:

    Promise Not to Tell

    Island of Lost Girls

    Dismantled

    Don’t Breathe a Word 

    The One I Left Behind 

    The Winter People

    The Night Siste...

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    October 16, 2018 37 min

    In which Carla talks about how the past always informs the present...especially the traumatic past.

    RAINN: About Sexual Assault | Types of Sexual Violence | Laws in Your State | Help Someone You Care About | Self-Care After Trauma | National Sexual Assault Hotline

    Recommended reading:

    Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman https://amzn.to/2CM19Hc

    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van d...

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    September 26, 2018 25 min

    In which Carla explains what it was like to grow up as a '70's kid with Cosby as "America's Dad", especially as a survivor of violent sexual assault.

     

    RAINN: About Sexual Assault | Types of Sexual Violence | Laws in Your State | Help Someone You Care About | Self-Care After Trauma | National Sexual Assault Hotline

     

    Recommended reading:

    Maya Angelou 

    Audre Lorde

     

    Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes

    Facebook Gr...

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    August 23, 2018 15 min

    In which Carla shares the beginning of an amazing and frightening book series.

    Recommended reading: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert 

    Melissa Albert: Goodreads, Twitter 

    Music: Haunted Me, “Mechanics of Leaving”

    If you are interested in having your book featured and reviewed on the podcast, please email me at carla@theremightbecupcakes.com. My postal address may be found at theremightbecupcakes.com/about-me-myself-and-cupcakes.

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    July 31, 2018 35 min

    In which Carla deconstructs one of her post-grad psychology papers and explores one of her favorite research topics: people who offend in pairs and murder as a team.

     

    Recommended reading from this episode:

    Deadly Innocence

    Invisible Darkness

    Karla: A Pact with the Devil

    Audio: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: The True Story of the Ken and Barbie Killers (Kindle format) (Audible link http://www.audibletrial.com/mightbecupcakes)

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    July 15, 2018 20 min

    In which Carla reads to you fairy tales and folklore all about losing one’s grip.

     

    Recommended reading from this episode:

    The Haunters and the Haunted, ed. Ernest Rhys 

    The Complete Fairy Tales Grim

    Gregory Maguire:

    Mirror, Mirror

    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

    Wicked

    Son of a Witch

    A Lion Among Men

    Out of Oz

     

    Website: theremightbecupcakes.comhttp://theremightbecupcakes.com/

    Network: Braintrust Network Show Pagehttp://braint...

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