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Be The Serpent


A podcast by three red-headed fantasy authors talking about everything from academic mythology to dick jokes (and sometimes, both at once), as well as the role of fanfiction as an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the literary conversation and in the broader cultural context. It is, obviously, aRead more

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Episode 99: Detective Boyfriends

Nov 17 • 01:03:58

On this week's episode, we're celebrating the release of Freya's debut book by talking about detectives in love! The tentpoles are Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murdersby Aliette de Bodard, A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, and the fanfic If Life Was A Movie We’d Have A Better Soundtrack Than This by galaxysoup....

Episode 98: [SPOOKY NOISES]

Nov 3 • 01:04:14

Happy (slightly belated) spooky season, darling listeners! On this week's episode we're talking about afterlife career plans and... well, ghosts! Tentpoles this week are Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, the film Ghost, and the Inception fic, “The Boy Who Spoke With Ghosts” by AvocadoLove....

Episode 97: A Symphony of Serpents

Oct 20 • 01:00:37

On this week's episode, we're discussing music! Musicians! Being gripped by the madness of creation! Selling one's soul for art! The tentpoles this week are the film Amadeus, the fanfic "String Theory" by toft,  and Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars....

Episode 96: Changing Places

Oct 6 • 01:04:06

On this week's episode, we're discussing body swap fic! Swapping bodies! Trading meatsuits! It's all fun and comedy, right? ...Or is it? Anyway, the tentpoles for this episode are the anime film, Your Name, the fanfic Vinculum by Skadiseven, and the Farscapeepisode, "Out of Their Minds."...

Episode 95: The Jasmine Throne

Sep 22 • 01:02:58

On today's episode we're doing another deep dive on the marvelously sapphic fantasy novel The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri!...

Episode 94: Into the Woods

Sep 8 • 01:01:45

On this week's episode, Macey is forcing us to put on our hiking shoes and dragging us out into the forest to look at some "really nice moss." The tentpoles we’re discussing are Princess Mononoke, Silver in the Woodby Emily Tesh, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s story ‘Vaster Than Empires and More Slow.’ ...

Episode 93: The Glamorous Authorial Life

Aug 25 • 01:02:56

On this week's episode we're discussing the glamorous authorial life -- authors (and other publishing professionals) through the lens of how they're depicted in media. Tentpoles this week are the film Stranger Than Fiction, the K-Drama Romance Is a Bonus Book, the story “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu and The Unstrung Harpby Edward Gorey. ...

Episode 92: Podcasting: The Musical!

Aug 11 • 01:04:43

On today's episode, we're bursting into song at socially inappropriate times to talk about... musicals! Our tentpoles are the Bollywood musical Aaja Nachle, the first two episodes of Galavant, and the musical Wicked....

Episode 91: Anything You Can Do, We Can Do Better

Jul 28 • 01:03:56

On this week's episode we’re discussing classics rewritten by women! The tentpoles are Unconquerable Sunby Kate Elliott, The Chosen and the Beautifulby Nghi Vo, and Beowulf, translated by Maria Dahvana Headley. ...

Episode 90: Extravaganza

Jul 14 • 01:05:09

On this week's episode, we are once again answering YOUR burning questions, dear listeners!


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