American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 23: The Indefatigable Frog

Philip K. Dick takes on Zeno's paradox in "The Indegatigable Frog".

Episode 45: John Steinbeck, Pastures of Heaven (1)`

In this episode we start a new series on John Steinbeck, beginning with his novel of short stories The Pastures of Heaven.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 22: The Variable Man

In this episode of the Philip K. Dick Book Club we take on one of my favorite early Dick stories (novella to be honest), "The Variable Man".
(I mention that Hollywood never took on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, but I was wrote. There was a 1944 adaptation. I stand by that my claim that this could make a good movie if revisted.)
Let me know what you think? Does "The Variable Man" deserve more love?

Episode 44: Thomas Paine: Age of Reason (2)

In this episode we say goodbye to my favorite founder, Thomas Paine, as we look at the second part of Age of Reason. Next up....John Steinbeck.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 21: Expendable

What happens when the bugs decide to do us in? What if the real ancient old ones are insects? Find out in episode of the Philip K. Dick Book as we look at "Expendable".

Episode 43: Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1)

In this episode, we begin to close the book on Thomas Paine with the work that may be his most infamous or his most enduring, The Age of Reason.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 20: Tony and the Beetles

In "Tony and the Beetles", Philip K. Dick provides an allegory of postcolonialism and the impact of white privledge on people as they grow up.

Episode 42: Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (2)

In this episode we examine part 2 of The Rights of Man, where Paine gives some deatils on the functions of democratic societies and governments.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 19: Imposter

"Imposter" is Dick's first published robot story that explored the idea of the machine programmed to think its human.

Episode 41: Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man (1)

In this episide we begin a two-episode series on The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine's defense of the French Revolution. In the first part of this important book, Paine focuses on principles and responses to some of Edmund Burke's most odious critiques of the French Revolution.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 18: The Cookie Lady

In this episode of the Philip K. Dick Book Club we examine "The Cookie Lady," Dicks retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story. But what does a story about the old consuming the young have to do with our time? A lot, it seems.

Episode 40: Thomas Paine: The Crisis and Other Pamphlets

In this episode we look at the remainder of Paine's pamphlets, including the final Crisis articles and "Agrarian Justice."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 17: Martians Come in Clouds

In "Martians Come in Clouds", Philip K. Dick takes on lynching and race relations in the suburbs. Or maybe he is just writing science fiction.

Episode 39: Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, Part 2

In this episode we continue reading The Crisis and see as Paine begins to think about what kind of nation will come out of the armed conflict with Britain.