American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 92.2: Dr. Futurity (2)

Part 2 of my review of Philip K. Dick's "Dr. Futurity".

Episode 220: W. E. B. Du Bois: Dusk of Dawn (1)

Part one of my comments on W. E. B. Du Bois' "Dusk of Dawn," an autobiograhy and statment of American (and global) race relations in the 20th century.

Episode 119: W E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (2)

The second part and finale of my review of W. E. B. Du Bois' "The Souls of Black Folk." In the second part of this collection of wounderful essays Du Bois explores some of the cultural and economic aspects of black life in America at the turn of the century.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 92.1: Dr Futurity (1)

Part one of my review of Philip K. Dick's 1960 novel "Dr. Futurity". It may not be one of his best, but it is rich with ideas, many of which are relevant to us. At the the heart of its concern, the relationship between young people and the systems we hand over to them.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 91: War Game

In "War Game," Philip K. Dick considers the ideology of toys. It makes me think a bit about "Mimsy Were the Borogroves".

Episode 118: W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (1)

I humbly give my comments on what I think is one of the greatest works of American literatre, W. E. B. Du Bois' "The Souls of Black Folk".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 90: Fair Game

Although this story was written much earlier in Dick's career, "Fair Game" was not published until 1959. A rather silly tale, but good for a chuckle and a little meditation on the nature of how we respond to those who watch us.

Episode 117: W. E. B. Du Bois: The Suppression of the Slave Trade (2)

Part two of my review of Du Bois' Ph.D. dissertation on the legal, moral and economic changes that led to the end of the slave trade.

Episode 116: W. E. B. Du Bois: The Suppression of the Slave Trade

"The Suppression of the Slave Trade" was W. E. B Du Bois' Ph.D. dissertation wirtten in Harvard. It is a solid work of legal history exploring the relationship betwene moral progress, legal justice, and economic change.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 89: Recall Mechanism

In this Philip K. Dick story, "Recall Mechanism", we consider the relationship between mental illness and precognition.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 88: Explorers We

The first of Philip K. Dick's stories from 1959, "Explorers We", considers the possiblities of a very strange alien invasion.

Episode 116: Charles W. Chesnutt: Essays

In this episode we say goodbye to Charles W. Chesnutt by looking at a handful of his most important esasys. Next up, W. E. B. Du Bois.

 

 

Episode 114: Charles W. Chesnutt, Assorted Stories

In this episode, I look at some of the uncollected stories by Charles W. Chesnutt. We have some more stories in the Julius series, including one on Southern geophagia. There are also some of his "northern stories" dealing wtih the color line from a broader national perspective. There are even a few stories were Chesnutt (out of character) took on issues not relating to the color line at all.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 87.5: Time Out of Joint (5)

The finale of my review of Philip K. Dick's novel "Time Out of Joint".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 87.4: Time Out of Joint (4)

Part 4 of my review of Philip K. Dick's "Time Out of Joint".

Episode 113: Charles W Chesnutt. The Marrow of Tradition (2)

Part two of my review of Charles Chesnutt's novel "The Marrow of Tradition"

Episode 112: Charles W. Chesnutt: The Marrow of Traditon (1)

The first of two episodes looking at Charles W. Chesnutt's masterpiece, "The Marrow of Tradition", a book on post-Reconstruction politics, race relations, racial violence, and the color line.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 87.3: Time Out of Joint (3)

We go a little bit deeper into the rabbit hole of Ragle Gumm's strange life in part three of my review of Philip K. Dick's "Time Out of Joint".