Oh No! Lit Class
By Megan and RJ
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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.
||Explicit48: A Midsummer Night's Wet Dream||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||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit47: My Sister, My Sister, My Sister and Me||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 Wal||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit46: The Ballad of Count Jackula||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||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit45: Who Names Their Kid Ichabod Anyway?||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||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit44: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Bill Nye the Science Guy||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, Victo||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit43: Surf's Up, Agatha!||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||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit42: Finding (And Escaping) Nemo||On this episode, we hold our breath to dive down deep into the briny depths of Jules Verne’s adventure classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! Learn the downsides of owning your own island, the majesty of differently-abled manatees, and Captain Nemo’||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit41: The #Aesthetic of Dorian Gray||Maybe he’s born with it, maybe it’s a cursed, magical painting. Join Megan and RJ as they return to the wonderful world of Oscar Wilde to appraise The Picture of Dorian Gray and learn the surprising source of inspiration for Wilde’s novel about th||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit40: H.P. Lovecraft Part 2: A City of Steve Buscemis||Join Megan, RJ, and Jared as we round out our journey through the Cthulhu-verse with The Shadow over Innsmouth, a tale of cursed villages, dark secrets, and mega-horny immortal fish people. Also discussed: Why good Lovecraft movies are hard to find, the||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit39: H.P. Lovecraft Part 1: Jostled to Death by Sailors||In this episode, Megan and RJ open up their feeble brain meats to the untold cosmic horrors of H.P. Lovecraft! With special guest and Old God aficionado, Jared aka Best Day, we heed the haunting, squishy call of Cthulhu and prepare for…Unnecessarily C||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStudy Break Bonus: The Goatesque and The Oceanesque||In this free teaser of Study Breaks to come, ON!LC guest alum Monique McIntosh returns to teach Megan about a popular, unsurprisingly racist term used in classic horror fiction. We also cover zombie goats, the unfathomable terrors of both the alphabet a||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit38: Hello from the Outside(rs)||We’re inside, we’re outside, we’re every which way but the general direction of S.E. Hinton’s twitter as we tackle her classic teen coming-of-age novel, The Outsiders. Which isn’t gay. At all. What would even make you think that? Experience in||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit37: Oops, We Bronte’d Again||Get ready for THE DRAMA as Megan and RJ journey to ghostly moors of Wuthering Heights! Learn why everyone who thinks this is a romantic love story is both Wrong and Bad, why you should avoid graveyard-adjacent drinking water, and how Gothic antihero Hea||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit36: A Nice Book About Bunny Rabbits||What could go wrong in a book about bunnies? Plenty, if that book is Watership Down, a classic children’s novel that’s been traumatizing kids for nearly 50 years. Also traumatized is Chris Osborne of Play Comics, who joins us as we follow a band of||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit35: 1-800-Flowers for Algernon||Oh Danny boy, the pipes are calling on this episode where we manage, despite our best efforts and potentially worst singing yet, to talk about the classic (sci-fi?) novel, Flowers for Algernon. Learn the importance of good branding, that the gross chang||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit34: Of Mice and Men and Salads||In an episode that could best be described as “Steinbeck adjacent,” we engage in some heavy petting, bacon thieving, obscure reference-making, and banana-insinuating. We also learn all about Burgess Meredith, the rules of Being In Van Halen, briefly||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit33: Mental Breakdowns in the Rye||Get ready to #CatchTheseHands in the rye as your two favorite phonies set out to eviscerate Holden Caulfield, but mostly just feel bad for him. Learn about the distinguished fields of kosher cheese mongering and elevator pimping, go faith findin’ with||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit32: Part Man, Part Alcohol, Part Kangaroo: The Ernest Hemingway Story||On this special episode, we take you on an intoxicated tour through the life, times, and wives of Ernest Hemingway, with a brief stopover at The Old Man and The Sea. Join us at the hottest spot north of Havana for this extra-long drunkstravaganza featur||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit31: Down and Dirty John Donne||RJ takes the wheel to teach us a thing about John Donne: Reverend, husband, and mega-horny poet. Enjoy the tonal whiplash as we rocket between poems about doing it, poems about how everyone he loved is dead, and more poems about doing it. Megan crafts s||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit30: Bowels of Darkness||This week, we head to Africa, not to bless the rains but to contend with Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Megan is filled to the brim with salt while RJ tries to rack up a high score playing Devil’s Advocate. Join us as we discuss racism, im||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit29: A Tough Tesseract to Follow||Warning: Episode contains spoilers for the film version of A Wrinkle in Time! Crack open your guide to interdimensional travel because we’re about to wrinkle some time! Join us and our friend Scott for a magical story of quantum mechanics, pulsating b||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28: Fightin’ and Philanderin’ with Daddy Dumas||Get ready for some nougat-y goodness with The Three Musketeers, a novel less about swashbuckling and more about extra-marital cross-kingdom hookups, horse-shaming, and that famous Musketeer slogan: “Well, if it pisses off the Cardinal then I guess it||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27: ALL HAIL THE MAGIC CONCH!||British boys get stranded on a tropical island, and you won’t BELIEVE what happens next! …They get naked and try to murder each other. It’s Lord of the Flies, a book written out of spite for a different book written 100 years earlier. We look at p||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26: This Pie Tastes Like Murder||You guys, this show is a whole year old! In celebration, we bring you, from the depths of Shakespearean obscurity: Titus Andronicus, the play that asks “What if Shakespeare was possessed by Eli Roth and then wrote a play?” and “Can you do a Michae||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25: Scout Finch is Going to Kick Your Butt||They say it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, so we get to sinning with Harper Lee’s immortal required reading classic. Learn how Lee plagiarized her own life, why Atticus Finch needs to sharpen his lawyer skills, and how all problems can be solved by||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24.5: We A Some Qs||It’s a new year with new experiences to have and new challenges to face! Like having your schedule completely derailed by medical emergencies! (On an unrelated note, RJ met his unfortunate demise under circumstances that are neither mysterious or crim||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24: The Nightmare Before Christmas Carol||We’re celebrating the last episode of the year with a double-feature of A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi! Embrace the holiday spirit of giving rocks to Baby Jesus, spending money you don’t have on things you can’t use, multiple ghosts te||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23: Ralph Ellison’s Big Book of Symbolism||Who wouldn’t want to be an Invisible Man? Playing awesome pranks, sneaking into R-rated movies…wait, this isn’t that one? This is the one about racial and social inequality and the failure of identity due to society’s perceptions and prejudice?||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22: 99 Problems but a Witch Ain’t One||We celebrate Thanksgiving by bringing America back to its awful roots with The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch hunts written during the communist witch hunts. Grab a turkey leg, accuse your aunt of being a witch, and enjoy spoilers for various Br||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: Back to the (Bradbury) Future!||Come take a trip with us to the Bradbury-Future of Fahrenheit 451: where firemen burn books, buildings, robots, each other, whatever gets in the way of the flamethrower, really. Along the way, we’ll learn how far Ray Bradbury got with a little gumptio||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20: Pour One Out for Your Poe-mies||Our Halloween celebration continues with the master of Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe! Cower in fear at the return of the curséd city of Boston! Tremble in horror at how out of touch we are with popular music! Shake your head with pity at the tragedy o||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19: Don’t Kinkshame Dracula||Is there a more recognizable literary monster than Dracula? Maybe, but who cares, IT’S A HALLOWEEN EPISODE! Join us as we learn why wolves make great lockpicks, create a Halloween “Dream Daddy” DLC, debate the merits of a manly brain, and listen t||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: The Gay Penguin Agenda – Banned Books Week ’17||In an episode meant to explain and explore the world of banned and challenged books, Megan and RJ instead fail to resist drugs and violence, rewrite Lolita by way of Free Willy, are attacked by bugs, and actually have a serious, mature conversation abou||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17: The Big Willy Conspiracy||On this special episode, we’re investigating a centuries-spanning, Da Vinci Code-style conspiracy: Did beloved wordsmith William Shakespeare actually write all those plays? Or was it…someone else?! Megan and RJ probe Shakespeare’s life, watch a ve||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16: Adjust Your Expectations Accordingly||In this positively Dickensian episode, Megan and RJ attempt to discuss Great Expectations and its young hero Pip, but get sidetracked by everything from Chuck E. Cheese to forgetting the lyrics to Hamilton. Listen and learn the lost art of Ye Olde Engli||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15: I Love You, Most Awkwardly.||It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single podcast in possession of a Jane Austen novel, must be in want of a guest host. Fellow Literary Post-Grad Monique joins Megan and RJ for a timeless tale of husband-hunting and being Too British For Fe||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: Their Eyes Were Watching God Drop the Bass||In this episode, we cover Zora Neale Hurston’s novel about race, gender, and feminine agency in the horrible, horrible swamps of Florida. Join us as we learn things like where Hurston is *probably* buried, Floridian Hurricane protocol, and why Jackson||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: Hamlet! REVEEEENGE!||Big Willy Shakespeare returns! We learn about Amleth, the original Norse myth that’s better in every way, just how bad the “Bad Quarto” version of the play is, and why when your ghost dad tells you to stab your uncle in the taint you really should||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Giant Bugs, John Leguizamo, & the Jewish People||Bodies change. Everyone knows that. One day you’re slim-waisted with a thick, beautiful head of hair and the next you’re a writhing, oozing insect monster. On this episode, we close our eyes and swat a newspaper at Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis,||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: Go Make Your Blue China Proud||In the nick of time for Pride Month, we baseball slide in with our first (as far as we know) gay author, Oscar Wilde, and our first guest host: our friend and fellow Literature Masochist, Scott. Enjoy wacky rich people antics and thinly veiled euphemism||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: On the Hunt for the Great White Dick||Weigh anchor and climb aboard the good ship Oh No! Lit Class for an extra-special, extra-long, extra…whale…y episode! Moby Dick takes us through such troubled waters as unfortunate child-naming trends, the homoerotic act of squeezing whale sperm, an||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: With Apologies to Margaret Atwood||In this episode, we abandon our integrity, dignity, and tagline so that we can jump on The Handmaid’s Tale bandwagon…and then mention the TV show maybe once. Instead, we learn why RJ shouldn’t be allowed to talk about authors who are still alive,||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: There Will Be Yams||You know what they say, “You gotta plant the yams first. Then, when you have the yams, you have the power.” We’re pretty sure that’s how that one goes. Dive into Things Fall Apart as RJ makes far too many 90’s wrestling references while Megan,||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: It’s Alive! It’s a Lie?||Megan and RJ are here to tell you that everything you know about Frankenstein is wrong. Not only is he the doctor, not the monster, he’s not even an actual doctor! Also, there’s no Igor…but there might be some Al Gore. We discuss the dumpster fire||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: Something’s Sinful in Salem||You know how it is, your husband says he’s gonna meet you in the New World, he doesn’t show up, you sleep with a priest, the town shuns you because you’re full of sin, Batman’s there…Megan and RJ read The Scarlet Letter and learn that revenge||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Sex in the Totalitarian Dystopia||In this episode, Megan and RJ talk about 1984, George Orwell’s bleak image of a dark future where one man really, really, REALLY wants to get his bone on. We ignore most of the probing philosophical questions in favor of George Michael, Apple products||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: Emily Dickinson: Harbinger of Death||Poet, recluse…murderer? Probably not that last thing but wow did everyone Emily ever love sure die a whole bunch. Megan and RJ take the Dickinson train to Sadness Town, realize how little they actually know about poetry, and make more stupid Simpsons||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: Isn’t It Byronic? Don’t You Think?||It’s like raaaa-eee-aaaiiin on your wedding day! …Or like finding out your fiance is already married and has been keeping his wife locked in the attic of his house, on your wedding day. It’s time for Jane Eyre! Megan and RJ make horrible mouth noi||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Ain’t No Party Like A West Egg Party||In this episode, we’re talking about The Great Gatsby! We’ll explore the cultural context of the Jazz Age, how writing a novel can be the sickest burn of all, and why it’s so hard to think of a memorable Robert Redford movie. Mostly though, Megan||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: Ey Yo, Macbeth!||In this first episode, we learn about Shakespeare’s Macbeth: the crazy, bloodthirsty murderer, and Historical Macbeth: the pretty okay dude. Megan gets history-shamed, RJ is under the impression that all Scottish people are actually from Brooklyn, and||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amuse-bouche for Literature
Fun and funny, this podcast entertained me and piqued my interest to go back and read what I skipped back in high school and college. I love how they give historical context and talk about the good and the bad with the pieces they summarize. Most of the time the classics are presented like precious artifacts, too delicate for criticism or ridicule, but Megan and RJ hold nothing back...even if they like what they are talking about! Worth a listen even if you don't like to read.
Oh no! Lit Class is a gem. The hosts take a piece of literature, give an author bio, recap the book, and then give cultural significance for the book. The hosts Megan and RJ have excellent chemistry, resulting in wonderful moments of banter that always add to (not distract from) the conversation at hand. The podcast is funny, insightful, and educational. While lesser podcasters may find achieving this trifecta a challenge, these hosts could get there even if they (bram s)toked a baby-sized blunt. These hosts do a lot of things well, but I want to point out something super specific that might otherwise be overlooked: they keep the characters straight. At one point, Megan had a scene with like seven people in a room...describing this, she omitted some names, favoring instead their helpful nicknames that reminds the listener of the character’s role and significance. Among them were Van Helsing (def Hugh Jackman, but Vin Diesel would have been an interesting if unconventional casting choice), “the doctor” and “the American dude.” Later, when Quincy dies, Megan subtly reminds the listener who he is while being laugh out loud funny: “RIP Quincy. You were from Texas.” These little notes are so easy to miss, but SO important with this kind of show.
To the hosts: keep up the excellent work!
To the audience: OMG THIS IS AWESOME, RIGHT?!1!
To potential listeners: you’ve now got homework.
I’m not sure who I like more, Megan or RJ? Just when I think it’s Megan because of her sassy and contagious enthusiasm, then RJ cracks me up with a couple of words. These two are some of my favorite podcasts personalities. Not only is the banter and chemistry grade, but the content is interesting and informative. Definitely subscribe to this one people.