What classic should we read next?

The Library of Congress released the list of 88 Books That Shaped America in July. We did a lively show about what made the list and what didn’t but Kerri thought it would be fun to follow up with more shows about particular books on the list.

Today, we’re talking about ‘A Streetcar named Desire.’ Next up is ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.’ What other book from the list should we devote a show to and why?

Check out the list here.

And leave your thoughts about ‘Streetcar,’ too.

–Stephanie Curtis, social media

  • Stephanie
  • Stephanie Curtis

    Brooks Atkinson’s review from the Times in 1947:

    “By the usual Broadway standards, “A Streetcar Named Desire” is too long; not all those words are essential. But Mr. Williams is entitled to his own independence. For he has not forgotten that human beings are the basic subject of art. Out of poetic imagination and ordinary compassion he has spun a poignant and luminous story.”

  • lucy

    Been lucky enough to see ‘Streetcar’ at the Guthrie a few years ago. Love all off Tenesse Williams’s works!

  • Stephanie Curtis

    Review from The Hollywood Reporter of the latest “Streetcar” on Broadway:

    “Mann’s loose, naturalistic approach to the text is respectful without being too reverential. What distinguishes her production, however, is the evocative atmosphere of a milieu in which sex, death and violence perfume the sweaty air. Spiced by the jazzy strains of Terence Blanchard’s original score, this Streetcar smolders.”

  • Stephanie

    Alec Baldwin in ripped t-shirt yelling “Stella!” youtube.com/watch?v=30wo-u…

    — The Daily Circuit (@DailyCircuit) November 8, 2012

  • Katharine Horowitz

    I have seen the Streetcar movie and three theatre productions of the play. The two productions I enjoyed the most were one at the Theatre Garage, directed by Zach Curtis, with Stacia Rice, Carolyn Pool and Steve Sweere, and the other was directed by Jef Hall-Flavin at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival with an all Kiwi cast. What made these shows so enjoyable was the intimacy of the spaces. Very small houses, contained sets, focused acting.

  • vicki

    So many to choose from, Grapes of Wrath would be very timely, but I’ve read it and seen the movie twice. Tree Grows in Brooklyn is awesome too, but read it already.

    I vote for The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Silent Spring, or Sagan’s Cosmos.

  • Diane Forest

    I am now 55 but still remember my college freshman American Lit professor, when asked why there were NO women writers on the reading list, said he could not think of a single influential American novel written by a woman. I timidly raised my hand and suggested Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The professor laughed.

    I vote for Little Women–still one of my favorite novels–or Silent Spring.

  • Stephanie Curtis

    Here are the 88:

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884

    Alcoholics Anonymous anonymous 1939

    American Cookery Amelia Simmons 1796

    The American Woman’s Home Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe 1869

    And the Band Played On Randy Shilts 1987

    Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X and Alex Haley 1965

    Beloved Toni Morrison 1987

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown 1970

    The Call of the Wild Jack London 1903

    The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss 1957

    Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961

    The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951

    Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 1952

    Common Sense Thomas Paine 1776

    The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Benjamin Spock 1946

    Cosmos Carl Sagan 1980

    A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible anonymous 1788

    The Double Helix James D. Watson 1968

    The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams 1907

    Experiments and Observations on Electricity Benjamin Franklin 1751

    Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953

    Family Limitation Margaret Sanger 1914

    The Federalist anonymous 1787

    The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan 1963

    The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 1963

    For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 1940

    Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936

    Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown 1947

    A Grammatical Institute of the English Language Noah Webster 1783

    The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939

    The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925

    Harriet, the Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford 1901

    The History of Standard Oil Ida Tarbell 1904

    History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis 1814

    How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis 1890

    How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 1936

    Howl Allen Ginsberg 1956

    The Iceman Cometh Eugene O’Neill 1946

    Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures Federal Writers’ Project 1937

    In Cold Blood Truman Capote 1966

    Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952

    Joy of Cooking Irma Rombauer 1931

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair 1906

    Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman 1855

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving 1820

    Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy Louisa May Alcott 1868

    Mark, the Match Boy Horatio Alger Jr. 1869

    McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Primer William Holmes McGuffey 1836

    Moby-Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville 1851

    The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass 1845

    Native Son Richard Wright 1940

    New England Primer anonymous 1803

    New Hampshire Robert Frost 1923

    On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957

    Our Bodies, Ourselves Boston Women’s Health Book Collective 1971

    Our Town: A Play Thornton Wilder 1938

    Peter Parley’s Universal History Samuel Goodrich 1837

    Poems Emily Dickinson 1890

    Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth Benjamin Franklin 1758

    Pragmatism William James 1907

    The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. Benjamin Franklin 1793

    The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 1895

    Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett 1929

    Riders of the Purple Sage Zane Grey 1912

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

    Sexual Behavior in the Human Male Alfred C. Kinsey 1948

    Silent Spring Rachel Carson 1962

    The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats 1962

    The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1903

    The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929

    Spring and All William Carlos Williams 1923

    Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961

    A Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brooks 1945

    A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams 1947

    A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America Christopher Colles 1789

    Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs 1914

    Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1937

    To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960

    A Treasury of American Folklore Benjamin A. Botkin 1944

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith 1943

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852

    Unsafe at Any Speed Ralph Nader 1965

    Walden; or Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau 1854

    The Weary Blues Langston Hughes 1925

    Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 1963

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum 1900

    The Words of Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez 2002