EPISODE 4: Haiku and Chill

Jen reveals the bananas French revenge story of Pierre Picaud, who was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo. Kate reviews the best of Japanese courtier Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book, a snarky classic from which we can learn, if nothing else, that Sei does not like babies. Jen talks about the gross way England’s King Henry I dies, and Kate explains why Henry’s death was followed by a dark period called “The Anarchy.” Everyone in the story was named Henry or Matilda, it was the worst.