American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 123: Retreat Match

"Retreat Match" by Philip K. Dick is a really good story on false memories, shifting realities, and the politics of empire.

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Episode 276: Herman Melville: Pierre, Part 2

In the second hundred pages of "Pierre" by Herman Melville our hero comes to believe he has what he always wanted, a sister. What will be the cost of this realization? 

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Episode 275: Herman Melville: Pierre, Part 1

Time to go mad with Herman Melville as we begin looking at his 1852 novel "Pierre, Or the Ambiguities".

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 122.4: Counter Clock World, Part 4

The conclusion to Philip K. Dick's "Counter-Clock World" centers on a failed rescue attempt at the Library, a forthcoming race war, and the question of how our hero Sebastien Hermes can find new meaning in life with the death of his wife and the near destruction of his business.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 122.3: Counter Clock World, Part 3

The Library has become victorious in stealing the Anarch. Can the various factions interested in him get him back before the Library can prevent him from writing any more dangerous books?

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 122.2: Counter Clock World, Part 2

In this section of Philip K. Dick's "Counter-Clock World" we learn that the once-dead Anarch Peak still has something to say and that there are lots of people who will kill to hear what he has to say...or to eradicate what he has to say. Our hero's scheme to make a quick buck gets a lot of more complicated.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 122.1: Counter Clock World, Part 1

In "Counter Clock World", Philip K. Dick takes us to an Earth where time moves backward, knowledge must be destroyed, and the dead come back to life. At least these is still money to be made digging up graves. Beware the library.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 121.4: The Zap Gun, Part 4

The final part of my review of "The Zap Gun" by Philip K. Dick. Is it possible that a toy can stop an alien invasion?

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Episode 274: Charles Brockden Brown: Edgar Huntly, Part 2

In the second half of Charles Brockden Brown's "Edgar Huntly" we enter a world of brutal frontier violence as our hero finds out how easy it is to kill. It is one of the darker visions of the American frontier.

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Episode 273: Charles Brockden Brown: Edgar Huntly, Part 1

Things get even stranger in Charles Brockden Brown's "Edgar Huntly", a novel of frontier violence, sleepwalking, Indian isolates, and global adventurers.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 121.3: The Zap Gun, Part 3

Comic book weapons, alien slavers, and time traveling androids complicate the live of our hero Lars Powderdry in part three of my review of Philip K. Dick's "The Zap Gun".

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 121.2: The Zap Gun, Part 2

In this part of the Zap Gun, we continue to follow Lars Powderdry's depression, but learn that maybe there is a way about by taking the manufacturing of weapons a bit more serious. And it just may be important.

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Episode 272: Charles Brockden Brown: Arthur Mervyn, Part 4

The conclusion of my review of Charles Broxden Brown's "Arthur Mervyn".

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Episode 271: Charles Brockden Brown: Arthur Mervyn, Part 3

The second half of Charlie Brown's "Arthur Mervyn" drags a bit in my view, but there is still some nice moments and we can start to see the possibilities of a feminist interpretation of early American history in Brown's writing.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 121: The Zap Gun, Part 1

My review of the opening chapters of "The Zap Gun" by Philip K. Dick. An interesting novel exploring the relationship between the military-industrial complex and a consumer economy. In this part of the novel we meet our depressed hero with an explosive name, Lars Powderdry.

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Episode 270: Charles Brockden Brown: Arthur Mervyn, Part 2

Part 2 of my review of Charles Brockden Brown's novel "Arthur Mervyn". In this section we experience the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in stunning brutal detail.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 120: Your Appointment Will be Yesterday

A preview of his novel "Counter-Clock World", "Your Appointment Will be Here Yesterday" introduces us to the Hobart phase and the consequences of the rising dead.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 119: Holy Quarrel

In "Holy Quarrel", Philip K. Dick takes on big data....again. A really good story and more relevant than ever.

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Episode 269: Charles Brockden Brown: Arthur Mervyn, Part 1

"Arthur Mervyn" is another strange tale by Charles Brockden Brown, although this one is a bit more down to earth. It tells the story of a young man who falls into a criminal network when he tries to go from the farm to the city. How will he end up?

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 118: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

In this episode I take on the 1966 short story by Philip K. Dick "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale". It has spies, aliens, and world-saving empathy.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 117.4: Now Wait for Last Year (4)

The final episode containing my thoughts on Philip K. Dick's "Now Wait for Last Year". This novel has one of the best endings in a Philip K. Dick novel. Marriage still sucks, but maybe we need to stick with it because it is one of the areas where we can find institutionalized solidarity.

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Episode 268: Charles B. Brown, Wieland (2)

The finale of this short series on "Wieland" by Charles B. Brown. Madness or the supernatural or the machinations or a trickster?

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Episode 267: Charles B. Brown, Wieland (1)

A new series on Charles Brockden Brown. We will start with "Wieland", one of independent America's first novels, a strange story of ancestry and insanity.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 117.3: Now Wait for Last Year (3)

This novel, "Now Wait for Last Year" by Philip K. Dick, starts to get weird in part 3 of my review.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 117.2: Now Wait for Last Year (2)

Part two of my thoughts on Philip K. Dick's "Now Wait for Last Year." So much fun.

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Episode 266: Herman Melville: Moby-Dick (6)

It all comes to this. In part 6 of my comments on "Moby-Dick" we follow Ahab's chase of the White Whale.

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Episode 265: Herman Melville: Moby-Dick (5)

Part 5 of my thoughts on Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick".

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 117.1: Now Wait for Last Year (1)

Another one of my favorite novels by Dick from the 1960s, "Now Wait for Last Year." Here is the first thoughts on the novel.

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Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 116.3: The Crack in Space (3)

Will the Pekes take over Earth Prime? Will the population crisis be averted? Find out in the conclusion to my review of Philip K. Dick's "The Crack in Space".

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Episode 264: Herman Melville: Moby-Dick (4)

More whaling with Ishmael and the crew of the Pequod in part 4 of my review of "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville.

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