American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 26: Out in the Garden

My thoughts on "Out in the Garden," one of Dick's earliest essays on the broken American family. It will not be his last. A fun fantasy story.

Episode 48: John Steinbeck, To a God Unknown (2)

Part two of my reading of "To a God Unknown," an underappreciated novel by John Steinbeck. Let me know what you thought of this novel, if any of you have read it.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 25: The Cosmic Poachers

And we are back to looking at Dick's early short stories. In this episode on "The Cosmic Poachers", we get an alien tale with the most banal invasion strategy.

Episode 47: John Steinbeck, To a God Unknown (1)

In this episode we take a look at the quitessential American rural mystic in John Steinbeck's underappreciated To a God Unknown.

Philip K. Dick Book club: Episode 24.6: Solar Lottery, Part 6

In this final episode on Philip K. Dick's Solar Lottery, I take a closer look at some of the themes of the novel and give my final thoughts. Thanks for listening to this series. It has been fun getting into one of Dick's most thematically rich novels.

Philip K. Dick Book club: Episode 24.5: Solar Lottery, Part 5

In this episode, we finish up with the chapter summaries for Solar Lottery. What will happen to this world when the crisis passes? Dick does not give us easy answers (or really any answers). Like the frontier, the future is unwritten.

Philip K. Dick Book club: Episode 24.4: Solar Lottery, Part 4

I am back from the USA! Thanks for waiting. Here is the next part on Solar Lottery. It is a very action and plot-heavy section, but still has some great Philip K. Dick themes to explore.

Episode 46: John Steinbeck, Pastures of Heaven (2)

In this episode, I look at the second half of John Steinbeck's Pastures of Heaven. Sorry for the delays in publishing these episodes. I am enjoying my summer in Wisconsin. Things will get more regular when I get back to Taiwan.

Philip K. Dick Book club: Episode 24.3: Solar Lottery, Part 3

Part three of Philip K. Dick's Solar Lottery.

Philip K. Dick Book club: Episode 24.2: Solar Lottery, Part 2

Part two (Chapter 4-6) of Philp K. Dick's Solar Lottery. In a  world based on randomness, anything can happen.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 24.1: Solar Lottery, Part 1

And we come to Dick's first novel, Solar Lottery. In this episode we will look at the first three chapters of the book, which does a lot to set up the setting and the world.