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Anne with an E Recap: Episode 6

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Remorse is the poison of life

directed by Paul Fox

This episode starts on a high note when Anne saves Minnie May’s life, meets her Designated Mentor, and has her Diana ban lifted… but the bad stuff is coming.         (Ken Warner, CBC)

 

What Premier didn’t get the job because of his good looks? How about Sir John Alexander Macdonald?

 

Marilla sharing the John she knew with his son, Gilbert who shares the dad he knew. Both are mourning, but Marilla is dealing with some heavy regret.

 

Billy and the Billyettes…Bud.

 

 

We’ll put that in the shownotes.”

Every week cook a snack from this book, this week’s recipe was Saucy Chicken

 

This week’s recipe needed a little ooomph.

 

Kansas City has a lot of great museums, one of them is The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

Have you read this yet? Anne seems to have memorized it.

If you want to read Chapter Six of Jane Eyre, by Jane Austen: Chapter Six

 

The Anne with an E Reading Challenge: (Full list will be on last episode.)

This week we’re adding David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Link goes to Project Gutenberg

Anne with an “E” Recap: Episode 4

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An Inward Treasure Born directed by David Evans

(Or: Feminism 101)

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Honesty is the best not-actually-a-policy, Anne

The whole quote that the title came from goes: I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

Every title is a Jane Eyre quote that Anne must have memorized before she turned to fire safety manuals for reading.

Every title is a Jane Eyre quote that Anne must have memorized before she turned to fire safety manuals for reading.

Right from the get go we have to put our thinking caps on! We both agreed that this quote is about doing what you think is right but we disagreed about what it meant specifically in this episode.

Here is the humor article Susan was talking about answering questions with Jane Eyre quotes. Washington Post article about Jane Eyre quotes.

Today's snack: Susan ('s daughter" made shortbread and Beckett made Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches with an "E" because the recipe was only her inspiration

Today’s snack: Susan (‘s daughter) made shortbread and Beckett made Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches with an “E” because the recipe was only an inspiration for the final product.

We're cooking our way through this.

We’re cooking our way through this.

If you click just one link from these shownotes (it’s cool, you won’t hurt our feelings– we put this stuff up because people’s interests vary) it should be this delightful look into the creation of the credit sequence–Buzzfeed Here’s How They Made The Stunning “Anne with an E” opening credits. 

Here is more work by the artists–Brad Kunkle, and here is more analysis at Exploring Anne Tumblr (May 31st entry has the credit sequence analysis.)

Cordelia song the Tragically Hip, Road Apples 1991

What’s a road apple? Uh…probably not this.

What's a road apple? Uuuuummm, probably not this, but this is pretty....and smells nice.

What’s a road apple? Uuuuummm, probably not this, but this is pretty….and smells nice.

(Related: here is a recipe for Dried Apples via Whole Foods) (Distantly related, very distantly related.)

Justification for the scatterbrained set. Elite Daily based on a Time article.

Yeah, that's a pretty cool light fixture. Three cheers for the design department!

Yeah, that’s a pretty cool light fixture. Three cheers for the design department!

Anne was being strong and bold and questionably smart...the ladies on the Gillis yard freak out because of it. (As they should!)

Anne was being strong and bold and questionably smart…the ladies on the Gillis yard freak out because of it. (As they should!)

I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him if he wants a biscuit.

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him if he wants a biscuit. (“Have a biscuit, Potter.”)

 

I'm just a boy, standing in front of a girl trying to geth the other girl to notice me. Also, I'm flipping adorable...and chivalrous.

I’m just a boy, standing in front of a girl trying to get the other girl to notice me. Also, I’m flipping adorable…and chivalrous.

Additions to the Anne with an “E” reading list (entire list will be printed in last episode):

Patient Grisilda (link goes to text of story via pitt.edu)

The Bible, Psalm 78 (Link to NIV version because Susan is a Missouri Synod Lutheran.)

Red: A history of the readhead by Jacky Collis Harvey616yk0GDYvL._SX367_BO1,204,203,200_

Podcast Recommendations!!! Dinner Party Download and The Sporkful.

 

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Anne With An “E” Recap: Episode 3

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But what is so headstrong as youth?  directed by Sandra Goldbacher

(Or: Transitions)

Oh Anne, this school thing isn’t going to work out like you think. via IMDB

The second line of that Jane Eyre quote is ” what so blind as inexperience” and that is certainly a theme that runs through this episode. During this recap of Episode 3 of the Netflix show we talk about the parallel surprise realities that Anne experiences at school and Marilla experiences in motherhood. We also get creeped-out by Mr. Phillips, want to punch Billy Andrews, offer advice for adults viewing this show with their children and compare and contrast 13 year-old girls to their “progressive” mothers. (Dang, that sounds so sophisticated when we say it that way, doesn’t it?)

The bits and pieces we promised to put in our shownotes for this episode:

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Movie written and directed by Sandra Goldbacher, The Governess (link to IMDB page for movie)

Gord Downie’s animated film, The Secret Path (with CBC Arts Live panel). (Dear Canada, Thanks for introducing me to Tragically Hip. xo, Susan)

Tragically hip, with Michael Nesmith (yeah! The Monkey’s guy!)

(And you, too, can be Tragically Hip with your own History Chicks promotional t-shirt by clicking the link to our shop on the right.)

Want to follow AmyBeth McNulty (Anne) on Twitter for some really adorable behind the scenes pics and video? Bonus content is that she seems like a perfectly real and charming person. AMYBETH on the Twittah.

 

Mr Phillips and Snidely Whiplash: separated at birth?

Mr Phillips and Snidely Whiplash: separated at birth? via imdb and wikicommons

Ahhh, Josie Pye you meanie! (via IMDB)

Ahhh, Josie Pye you meanie! (via IMDB)

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Netflix’s Master of None: The capelet that started an obsession

This is Chocolate Caramel from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. This is, also, a plate of tasty sugar and bitter disappointment.

This is Chocolate Caramel from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. This is, also, a plate of tasty sugar and bitter disappointment.

Updates to Reading List:

(complete list to be posted on last episode’s shownotes)

Elsie’s New Relations by Martha Finley (link to Project Gutenberg)

The Fisherman by Bryan Waller Proctor (Barry Cornwall)

 The Pleasures of Hope by Thomas Campbell

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelly

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Grasshopper by Mrs. Andrew Dean (still looking for online, freebie version) mrs andrew dean

 

Link to The Libby app that Beckett was so excited about. It’s for getting audio books from various sources including your library.

 

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Episode 89: Marie Laveau

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Poor Marie Laveau! She’s often remembered as either a sinner or a saint… and not too often as a multi-nuanced, very real woman who who held power at a time and place when powerful women were rare.

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Marie never sat for a portrait, but maybe she was a gorgeous as depicted in this one by Frank Schneider (1920 based on George Catlin that’s presumed destroyed) wikicommons

Marie’s story is a tangled web of myth, truth and half-truths with a whole lotta holes. She was illiterate so any record of her comes through legal documents, a few secondary sources and, well, that’s about it. Fun! (If your idea of “fun” is trying to detangle her tale.) Even her birthday comes with a disclaimer and was only (historically speaking) discovered recently. More fun! So what do we know for sure?

Marie was born around the beginning of the 1800s in New Orleans, Louisiana to a free woman of color, Marguerite D’Arcantel. The “father” line was blank but it’s presumed to be Charles Laveaux. (You caught that “x” didn’t you? Charles used it, Marie is usually referred to without it. See? What a tangled web.)

This is NOT the house that Marie lived in on St. Ann's Street--it's gone-- but a random, lovely cottage in the French Quarter

This is NOT the house that Marie lived in on St. Ann’s Street–it’s gone– but a random, lovely cottage all fancied up, in the French Quarter

Marie lived in New Orleans her entire life, married as a teenager to Jacques Paris who disappeared from the narrative within just a few years. She entered a common law relationship with *deep breath* Louis-Christophe Dominic Dumesnil de Glapion and had between 5 and 15 children. She worked as a hairdresser, was a practicing Catholic and also a practicing Voodoo Queen.

Marie's home church...right?! St. Louis Cathedral

Marie’s home church…right?! St. Louis Cathedral

She had a very philanthropic heart, was deeply tied to her community, led many public and private Voodoo services, made a nice living selling gris-gris and used her spiritual gifts to help people of all colors and social levels.

Gris-Gris, Charles Gadolfo (art just classes up the joint, doesn't it?)

Gris-Gris, Charles Gadolfo (art just classes up the joint, doesn’t it?) wikicommons

She died on June 15,1881. Although, quite mysteriously, it seemed as if she didn’t. Marie II (more than likely her daughter but not enough evidence to claim it as truth) took over Marie, Senior’s gig–rituals, clients and all, only the heart of Marie 2.0 wasn’t the same and the activities became a bit more…let’s go with “naughty.”

Wow, Chicks, that doesn’t look like enough solid intel for a full show.

We talk about cool stuff like the possible cultural appropriation of Marie's style (forced on her) with Dolley Madison's (a choice.)

We talk about cool stuff like the possible cultural appropriation of Marie’s style (forced on her) with Dolley Madison’s (a choice.) We also talk about how much we love Dolley.

Hahaha…have you not met us? We compare the myths and legends of not only Marie but Voodoo in general; we talk about life of women of color at that ever-changing (and not for the better) time in US history, and the unusual history of New Orleans (and gush, Susan knows what it means to miss New Orleans.)

Marie’s legend grew fast and hard after her death and the voodoo religion was turned into a tourist attracting industry. You guys! New Orleans has a lot of beauty and history (and not all of that is beautiful)–you should visit Marie’s tomb, but that’s just a short jaunt in a city FULL of long jaunts.

Marie's tomb and why we can't have nice things. Keep your grimy hands off of it!

Marie’s tomb and why we can’t have nice things. Keep your grimy hands off of it!

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Time Travel with The History Chicks

If you aren’t with Susan on Anti-Website Music, maybe giving this ditty a play while you scroll around might be fun. Maybe.

 

Books!

Carolyn Long, this is the favorite of both of us

Carolyn Long, this is the favorite of both of us

And we both liked this one a great deal, Ina Fandrich (the woman who discovered the baptismal certificate)

And we both liked this one a great deal, Ina Fandrich (the woman who discovered the baptismal certificate)

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Martha Ward

The book Beckett recommended to learn more about the differences and histories.

The book Beckett recommended to learn more about the differences and histories.

The "recipe" book we quoted at the beginning of the show.

The “recipe” book we quoted at the beginning of the show, The life and works of Marie Laveau by Raul Canizares

FIction-- Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett- part of the Discworld Series. Also proof that Susan has begun it, and the Android Rosemary font that she prefers and makes Beckett's eye twitch.

Fiction– Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett- part of the Discworld Series. Also proof that Susan has begun it, and the Android Rosemary font that she prefers and makes Beckett’s eye twitch.

Travel!

We aren’t travel guides, but there is so much more to do in New Orleans than focus on the touristy voodoo, but you’ll probably want to do some type of tour since you now a bit about Marie and her times.

Highly recommended cemetery and French Quarter walking tours (and the name! Right?) Two Chicks Tours (recommended guides, Grey Sweeney Perkins or George “Loki” Williams specifically but all are good) and also the tour group, Friends of the Cabildo.

This place is stunning and really a terrific way to learn more about the city–Lousiana State Museum and Inside The Cabildo

 

 

Web!

For some more information about early 19th century medicine, check  out the Melnick Medical Museum

You may want to turn off your speakers, but there is a plethora of intel on here: French Creoles dot com

This is a good write up about how Ina Fandrich discovered what is now accepted as the birthdate of Marie. It will also give you a bit of insight into exactly how much work goes into the biographies that we devour in no time! How birth certificate was discovered

We didn’t talk about this but you might find some really great information about preservation and architecture of New Orleans at Preserving New Orleans.

Movies!

Only two that are even remotely related that we would suggest, although you might keep your eye out for the 2017 release (still being filmed as we post) called, Laveau. You can follow the production on the IMDB page.

With Bette Davis set during Marie's era

With Bette Davis set during Marie’s era

"Nope. Nope. Nope, nope nope." Susan

“Nope. Nope. Nope, nope nope.” Susan

 

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Anne with an “E” Recap: Episode 2

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I am no bird and no net shall ensnare me directed by Helen Shaver

or: Anne canon? We don’t need no stinkin’ Anne canon!

Looking for Anne of Green Gables in Anne with an "E"

Looking for Anne of Green Gables in Anne with an “E” (Courtesy Netflix)

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Anne With An “E” Recap: Episode 1

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via imdb

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Over the next several weeks we’re going to be recapping the new Netflix series, Anne with an “E”. If you’re new here- hello! Glad you found us! We hope you’ll stick around and listen to our usual fare: conversations about historical women (logically, you could start with our last one about Anne of Green Gables author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.)

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Episode 88: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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framedLucy_Maud_Montgomery v smallAn abandoned little girl raised by elderly guardians during the Victorian era on Prince Edward Island, Canada. It sounds like the premise for a book, and it was, but it was also the early life of author Lucy Maud Montgomery. (more…)

Episode 86: Eleanor of Aquitaine Part One

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You voted for Eleanor of Aquitaine in our last Guaranteed Content Poll. Excellent choice! The Queen of both France and England, and the mother of royalty, she contributed more than looking pretty in a crown – she ruled. And by that we mean, she RULED!

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Eleanor’s seal

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Episode 85: Artemisia Gentileschi

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There are people who define Artemisia’s life by the trauma she endured, it’s where they begin her story and where they return time and time again.

We aren’t those people. While her rape as a teenager must have influenced her, what this Master Baroque painter did after that is where we spend most of this episode. (We do suggest that an adult preview the audio of this episode before letting kids listen.)

Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting

Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting

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Episode 84: Ida B. Wells

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Ida B. Wells- born a slave, educated in a post-Civil War south and left to care for her family at an early age. She grew to become a teacher, a writer, a crusader for civil rights, a suffragist, a wife and mother. A woman of strength and character who dared to speak up and challenge those who desired to oppress others, even when her own safety was at risk.

How could we not talk about a woman like this?

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