Welcome back for episode 4! The Great Gatsby has been interpreted for film, television, theatre, opera, ballet, and as a video game, but this week, we watch Baz Luhrmann’s frankly exhausting 2013 film. A few notes (and things we enjoyed):
*Learn more about Ginevra King – Fitzgerald’s muse for Daisy Buchanan and a half-dozen other characters, and a fascinating person in her own right.
*Read about alcohol culture in the 1920s at PBS – bonus cocktail recipe at the end. Also make sure to read Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook, which explores how Prohibition led to a spike in death from bootleg alcohol (and how the government deliberately made denatured alcohol deadlier as a deterrent) (the book was also turned into a PBS documentary). In this light, Gatsby comes off as being a lot more sinister, as illegal alcohol purveyors didn’t care that they were killing off their clientele.
*Learn about the history of mental health treatment in wartime here and here.
*This excellent long read from The New Yorker recounts W.E.B. Du Bois’s debate with eugenicist Madison Grant.
*Check out a fashion recap of the movie here, here, and here.
*Finally, we are both big fans of Cinema Sins, and their recap highlights most of our stylistic issues with this movie. Stick around for the tally of “Old Sports!” at the end.
Next time – before Downton Abbey, there was Gosford Park. Join us and EVERY SINGLE BRITISH ACTOR for Julian Fellowes’ first of many scripts examining British country house life.
As we head into our third episode, we want to give a shoutout of thanks to all those who have left us kind words and good reviews (hi, Mom!). Below, a few notes and links for further reading:
*Learn more about the history of the tournament – we did! – from Dr. Natalie Anderson at the excellent site Medievalists.net.
*Find out more about women in trade (like Blacksmith Kate) at the blacksmithing hobby site Working the Flame.
*See a closeup of the United Kingdom’s Imperial State Crown, and learn about how the present crown took shape, from the Royal Collection Trust, the charity that looks after the Queen’s various treasures (except her handbag. And the corgis).
*Spend some time exploring London’s historic streets and how they have changed over time.
*The past several months of pandemic and lockdown have led to the phenomenon of “bardcore,” and we offer you Laura’s favorite and Megan’s favorite example of the genre.
*The real Sir Ulrich’s book is available here, and The History of William Marshal, the first known biography of a knight, is available here.
Welcome back for our second episode! Below, find a few links to further information and/or stuff we think is interesting.
*Hang out a bit with the Clapham Sect here, courtesy of the U.K. National Portrait Gallery.
*Get your copy of Olaudah Equiano’s personal story, or learn more about Hannah More. You can also explore more about Equiano’s entire life at Equiano’s World.
*The Georgian Papers Project has more about the Duke of Clarence’s (later William IV’s) views on slavery.
*Read Fortune Magazine’s recent article on the Zong insurance case, as well as a New Yorker piece on the interesting ties that Jane Austen and her family had to Olaudah Equiano and Lord Mansfield.
*Check out a (partial) list of the films that have used St. Bartholomew the Great as a location. (You’ll be seeing some of these titles again!)
Thanks for listening! We’re working on developing our schedule into the new year, so if you have a favorite you’d like us to watch and review, leave a comment here or email us at email@example.com.
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Thanks for listening to our first episode! Interested in learning more?
*Check out what the Journal of American History had to say here.
*Learn more about Gullah/Geechee culture here and here.
*Check out our book recommendations: Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier: The Narrative of Joseph Plumb Martin and John Laurens and the American Revolution.
*Share the podcast with your nerdiest friends and leave us a rating and review, then join us next Thursday as we review Amazing Grace, the 2006 film about British anti-slavery crusader William Wilberforce.