American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Episode 1: Philip K. Dick Book Club: Stablity

The first episode of the Philip K. Dick Book Club-Podcast. Dick's posthumously published story "Stability" (1947).

Episode 23: Harlem Renaissance: Claude McKay: Home to Harlem (1)

The first of two parts on Claude McKay's brilliant novel Home to Harlem, about a deserter returning to Harlem, his working life, his relationships, and of course, race.

Episode 22: Jean Toomer: Cane

We begin a new series on the writers of the Harlem Renaissance with Jean Toomer's Cane. A great example of American modernism and in some ways a thematic summary of the issues writers explored in the Harlem Renaissance.

News Update: Philip K. Dick Project

This podcast will be bifrucating for the foreseeable future. In addition to reading through the Library of America (100 pages at a time), I will be beginning a complete study of the works of Philip K. Dick.

Episode 21: Frank Norris, Essays on Naturalism

We wrap up our series on Frank Norris with a look at some of his essays on naturalism.

Episode 20: Frank Norris, The Octopus (5): Sad Ending

The concluding episode on Frank Norris' epic tale of the production and transporation of wheat, The Octopus. As the novel concludes we see, with brutal finality how indiffernet the institution is to the individual.

Episode 19: Frank Norris, The Octopus (4): The Fall of the League

In this episode, we reach the climax of Frank Norris' The Octopus, which the defeat of the Rachers League and the triumph of the railroad.

Episode 18: Frank Norris, The Octopus (3): Fight or Die

Part 3 on Frank Norris' The Octopus. In this episode, we see the global significance of American wheat as the ranchers begin to search for ways to struggle against the railroad. And some of our beloved characters learn the hard way that the railroad leaves no one untouched.

Episode 17: Frank Norris, The Octopus (2): Love in the Wheat Fields

Second episode on Frank Norris' The Octopus. We see the beginnings of the ranchers' resistance and some nice meditations on relationships past and future. It's still spring and nothing has matured yet. We also get one of the great barn dances of American liteature.

Episode 16: Frank Norris, The Octopus (1): Setting

My first episode on one of my favorite novels, Frank Norris' The Octopus. This episode includes a detailed study of the characters of the novel.

Episode 15: Frank Norris, McTeague; Bird in a Gilded Cage

We complete our study of Frank Norris' McTeague. As always, I finish each study of a particular work with an examination of the major themes and tropes of the work.

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