American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

In each episode I discuss around 100 pages from the works of American writers. Contact me at hundredpagescast@gmail.com

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Dick's first great story of posthumanism and mutants is "The Golden Man." Can humans coexist with Humanity+?
October 23, 2017
Part two of my overview of Jack London's John Barleycorn. The focus of this episode is the "White Logic" and London's depression. Four essays by Jack London are also briefly explored.
October 23, 2017
In "Jon's World," Philip K. Dick wrote a followup to "Second Variety." While the humans one the war, the survivors are put in a position of prefering an alterantive timeline where the war never starte...
October 20, 2017
Jack London's brilliant autobiography on alcohol, John Barleycorn, Or Alcoholic Memoirs, is a book about many things, including male socialibility and working class culture. One of my favorite books b...
October 20, 2017
Philip K. Dick explores the Biblical story of Noah, the suburban family, and post-traumatic stress in his short story "The Builder."
October 18, 2017
The final episode on Jack London's Martin Eden. What happens when our lonely writer finds success?
October 18, 2017
In this episode we examine the Philip K. Dick story "The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford." What does this story tell us abour family? Consumerism? Technology? Work? A silly story on first glance ...
October 14, 2017
Part three of a series on Jack London's Martin Eden. In this part, we explore Eden's frustrations, his new friendships, and the decline of his romantic life.
October 14, 2017
In "The Crystal Crypt", Philip K. Dick explores the arms race and the "spy v. spy" dynamic of the Cold War. But does Dick have more to say about the city and the state?
October 9, 2017
In this episode I look at the second hundred pages of Jack London's masterpiece Martin Eden. What are the challenges of becoming a writer in the face of the impersonal publishing industry? How does an...
October 9, 2017
In this episode of the Philip K. Dick Club we look at "A Present for Pat", cargo cults, and alien gods.
October 5, 2017
In this episode we meet Martin Eden and the struggles of a working class man to become a published writer.
October 5, 2017
We look at "The Hanging Stranger," Philip K. Dick's story of lynching and state power. And it has Lovecraftian creatures in it. What happens when we story accepting the cruelities essential to the sys...
October 2, 2017
In the second part of The Iron Heel, Jack London takes us to the events surrounding the first uprising, or the Chicago Commune. How does the Oligarchy survive this and other threats? How much of Londo...
October 2, 2017
Is creation just a failed experiment? Do children hold the key to preserving individualism in an increasingly conformist world? These are some of the questions explored in Philip K. Dick's short story...
September 27, 2017
The first episode of two on Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel. In this work, London takes on the role of prophet as he predicts what the future of American capiatalism will be. How much of ...
September 27, 2017
Philip K. Dick takes on endless war and consumerism in his allegorical tale "Some Kinds of Life". Are wars for resources ever justifiable? What happens when we start to fight wars to keep up with the ...
September 25, 2017
In this episode I explore Jack London's memoirs on his year as a hobo, The Road. This short book is a great introduction into hobo life and the economic depression of the 1890s. 
September 25, 2017
Does Earth belong to humans, or to the life that comes after us? Philip K. Dick asks this question in his short story "Planet for Transients."
September 22, 2017
Part two of my comments on Jack London's People of the Abyss, with more on his socialism and what it means for his social Darwinism.
September 22, 2017
Once again, a new series. Join me as I explore the worst in human nature with Jack London in London's East End, in The People of the Abyss.
September 18, 2017
In this episode, Philip K. Dick introduces us to some humans who remember Earth only as a myth. In The Impossible Planet, they try to find Earth to make some quick cash , but who knows what might be o...
September 18, 2017
Before Minecraft, before World of Warcarft, Philip K. Dick imagined Worldcraft bubbles. But is it right to destroy these worlds when we build them? Are we in a simluation? If so, so we have a right to...
September 17, 2017
I finish up this phase of John Steinbeck's career with one of his most famous works, Of Mice and Men.
September 17, 2017
My opening thoughts on the episodes we can expect to see on Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. Spoilers for all the stories these episodes have been adapted from are included. All in all, it looks like...
September 15, 2017
Another of Dick's early fantasy stories, "The King of the Elves", might just be his first great work on mental illness.
September 12, 2017
Part two of my review of In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck.
September 12, 2017
In "The Great C", Philip K. Dick explores a post-war world where humans sacrifice their young to a super computer. But other than that, it seems like a nice society.
September 8, 2017
John Steinbeck takes on class war in his wonderful novel In Dubious Battle.
September 8, 2017
Something a little bit different. How did Philip K. Dick see history? Is history eternal return or are we destined for a final frontier?
September 6, 2017

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