American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 36: Project: Earth

Is creation just a failed experiment? Do children hold the key to preserving individualism in an increasingly conformist world? These are some of the questions explored in Philip K. Dick's short story "Project: Earth".

Episode 57: Jack London: The Iron Heel (1)

The first episode of two on Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel. In this work, London takes on the role of prophet as he predicts what the future of American capiatalism will be. How much of his prediction has come true?

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 35: Some Kinds of Life

Philip K. Dick takes on endless war and consumerism in his allegorical tale "Some Kinds of Life". Are wars for resources ever justifiable? What happens when we start to fight wars to keep up with the most banal consumer technologies.

 

Episode 56: Jack London: The Road

In this episode I explore Jack London's memoirs on his year as a hobo, The Road. This short book is a great introduction into hobo life and the economic depression of the 1890s. 

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 34: Planet for Transients

Does Earth belong to humans, or to the life that comes after us? Philip K. Dick asks this question in his short story "Planet for Transients."

Episode 55: Jack London, The People of the Abyss (2)

Part two of my comments on Jack London's People of the Abyss, with more on his socialism and what it means for his social Darwinism.

Episode 54: Jack London, The People of the Abyss

Once again, a new series. Join me as I explore the worst in human nature with Jack London in London's East End, in The People of the Abyss.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 33: The Impossible Planet

In this episode, Philip K. Dick introduces us to some humans who remember Earth only as a myth. In The Impossible Planet, they try to find Earth to make some quick cash , but who knows what might be out there.
Probably contains spoilers for the upcoming television show episode.

Philip K Dick Book Club: Episode 32: The Trouble with Bubbles

Before Minecraft, before World of Warcarft, Philip K. Dick imagined Worldcraft bubbles. But is it right to destroy these worlds when we build them? Are we in a simluation? If so, so we have a right to life?

Episode 53: John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

I finish up this phase of John Steinbeck's career with one of his most famous works, Of Mice and Men.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 31: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Preview

My opening thoughts on the episodes we can expect to see on Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. Spoilers for all the stories these episodes have been adapted from are included.
All in all, it looks like a great television series that is remaining true to the stories and the themes of Philip K. Dick.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 30: King of the Elves

Another of Dick's early fantasy stories, "The King of the Elves", might just be his first great work on mental illness.

Episode 52: John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle (2)

Part two of my review of In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 29: The Great C

In "The Great C", Philip K. Dick explores a post-war world where humans sacrifice their young to a super computer. But other than that, it seems like a nice society.

Episode 51: John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle (1)

John Steinbeck takes on class war in his wonderful novel In Dubious Battle.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 28: Dick’s Philosophy of History

Something a little bit different. How did Philip K. Dick see history? Is history eternal return or are we destined for a final frontier?

Episode 50: John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat (2)

Part two of my survey and review of Tortilla Flat. Back in Taiwan!

Episode 49: John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat (1)

In this episode we meet the paisanos of Montery as we look at Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 27: The Commuter

In this episode of the Philip K. Dick Book Club we look at urban planning and suburbia in "The Commuter".

(This story will be adapted in Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams)