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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In this episode, I look at six more of J-Lo's short stories set in the Klondike gold rush. "God of his Fathers""Batard""The League of Old Men""Love of Life""The Wit of Portortuk""To Build at Fire"
November 17, 2017
What would you risk for another couple years of peace? Is war worse than death? Dick explores these questions in "Breakfast at Twilight."
November 17, 2017
In thsi episode, I look at six of Jack London's Klondike tales, the stories produced from his experiences in the Yukon gold rush."To the Man on the Trail""The White Silence""In a Far Country""The Wisd...
November 13, 2017
In "Sales Pitch", Philip K. Dick considers consumer society, the commute, and the frontier, but fails once again to see the value of automation.
November 13, 2017
In "Prominent Author," Philip K Dick goes back to an old interesst of his: explaiing the origin of the world religions using the devices of science fiction. Could the  Bible have been written by a ti...
November 10, 2017
The final part of my examination of Jack London's "The Sea-Wolf." In this episode I suggest that Maud Brewster may be the real hero of the story. This ends out look at Jack London's books, but we stil...
November 10, 2017
"Survey Team" by Philip K. Dick explores the question of over-conumption and war and the morality of abusers getting another chance (they don't get one).
November 6, 2017
Part 2 of my review of Jack London's "The Sea-Wolf." In this part, I take on the question of resistance and take a closer look at the character of Humphrey Van Weyden.
November 6, 2017
In this episode, we look at the first chapters of Jack London's "The Sea-Wolf" and take a close look at the villain of the tale, the sealing schooner captain Wolf Larsen.
November 3, 2017
Part 2 of my comments on Philip K. Dick's novel "The World Jones Made".
November 3, 2017
In this episode we look at a novel (slightly out of chronological order), "The World Jones Made." This novel takes on three interelated themes: precognition/mutation, the frontier, and individualism i...
October 30, 2017
Part two of my look at "White Fang" and we get to see the relationship between modern civilization, law, and violence. Where does kindness and love come from in a world defined by hierarchy and violen...
October 30, 2017
In this episode of the Philip K. Dick Book Club, we look at "Small Town". What does this story say about family, urban planning, and suburbia?
October 30, 2017
On the surface, White Fang is the opposite of The Call of the Wild, but in many ways J-Lo is dealing with many of the same issues. Join me, the she-wolf, White Fang, and One Eye as we see what it is l...
October 28, 2017
Once again Philip K. DIck takes on segregation and race relations. But is the answer he provides in "James P. Crow" right? I worry that this is a story Richard Spencer can get behind.
October 28, 2017
My comments on Jack London's signature text, The Call of the Wild. Was the original J-Lo talking about dogs, wolves, or us?
October 25, 2017
Part of a series of 1953-1955 short stories exploring marriage by Philip K. Dick. "Beyond the Door" combines a critique of clock time with a critique of the bourgie marriage.
October 25, 2017
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

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