In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, unabridged audiobook, read by Peter Yearsley

In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, unabridged audiobook, read by Peter Yearsley

In the Penal Colony (transl. by Ian Johnston) “It’s a peculiar apparatus,” said the Officer to the Traveler, gazing with a certain admiration at the device, with which he was, of course, thoroughly familiar. It appeared that the Traveler had responded to the invitation of the Commandant only out of politeness, when he had been […]

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Candide: Crash Course Literature #405

Candide: Crash Course Literature #405

Hello and welcome to Crash Course literature, the best of all possible Crash Courses, discussing the best of all possible novels here on the best of all possible sets. I am the best of all possible John Greens—which is saying something, because there are a lot of us. Today we’re discussing “Candide, or Optimism” a […]

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Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re going to be talking about Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” It’s a classic! It says so right on the spine. Mr. Green! Mr. Green! You sound like Dirty Harry. Yup, I got a cold, Me From the Past. Plus, it was just kind of […]

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Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we continue our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. So the takeaway from last week’s video about Mockingbird was this: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in […]

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Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course Literature and today we’re gonna discuss Lord of the Flies. Mr Green! Mr Green! I hate that book. You know, Me From The Past, I’ve been thinking a lot about selfhood lately. Like, how is it that I am still the same technical person I was when […]

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Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature. So the two books most often cited as the “Great American novel” are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this slender beast, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The US is a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality; Huck Finn is a […]

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Aliens, Time Travel, and Dresden -Slaughterhouse-Five Part I: Crash Course Literature 212

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re gonna talk about Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! You mean, like the Motown group that sings that song – glad all over! No singing, Me From the Past! And no, it is not a Motown group! You’re thinking of the […]

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How to worldbuild Scifi & Fantasy Cultures & Societies: Biology, Families and Dynasties (part 1)

How to worldbuild Scifi & Fantasy Cultures & Societies: Biology, Families and Dynasties (part 1)

Greetings and Salutations! I’m Janet from World Anvil and today we’re going to talk about how you can create cultures and societies in your worldbuilding project! So we’re going to talk about marriages and families, we’re going to talk about clans or dynasties, and then we’re going to address wider units like tribes and cultures. […]

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WORLDBUILDING CULTURES – Terrible Writing Advice

WORLDBUILDING CULTURES – Terrible Writing Advice

Is your fantasy or science fiction world missing something? How can this be? We have a whole slew of races pilfered straight from the Silmarillion. We have a detailed map with magically splitting rivers and everything. Our cyberpunk setting’s international political borders were lifted straight from the 80s. We even have an alien ecosystem built […]

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The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course Literature and last week we wrapped up our discussion of George Orwell’s 1984. Lately here at Crash Course, we’ve been a bit preoccupied with dystopias — which is to say, imagined futures where things have gone horribly wrong. You know, as opposed to the present. I’ve always […]

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