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October 7, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 71: Back To School (feat. Naomi Novik)

On this week's episode, we're joined by glamorous guest star Naomi Novik to talk about magical boarding schools and the purposes of structured education. The tentpoles this week are A Deadly Education and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Note: This episode has been edited to include a content warning just after the introduction. Please check the transcript for the full text.


What We’re Into Lately

Will Darling Adventures series by K.J. Charles

The Sugared Game by K.J. Charles

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Freeport by Maldoror_Chant

Event Horizon by MonstrousRegiment

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie

Scum Villain fanfic

Motherland: Fort Salem

Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Legend of Korra

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Scum Villain animated series

The Untamed fanfic

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Twitter thread and Goodreads review by @newamsterdame

Racism vs Rep: Missteps of Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education” by Larissa Irankunda

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Organization for Transformative Works

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Time-Life books

Wizards and Witches by Brendan Lehane

Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce 

Welcome to Night Vale podcast (specifically Episode 15: Street Cleaning Day)

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. 

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

My Life as a Background Slytherin by Emily McGovern

Transfigurations by Resonant

"House Proud" by astolat

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Be the Serpent Episode 1: False Utopias and… Robot Sex??

“Victory Condition” by astolat (and the quote: ‘the empire of unsheathed knives’)

The Husbands And Wives Show aka Person of Interest


For Next Time

What We Do In the Shadows (2014 film)



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you to our team of scribes -- each of you is a gentleperson and a scholar.

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