American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)

Episode 227: James Weldon Johnson: Along this Way (1)

"Along This Way" is James Weldon Johnson's autobiography. The first part of it explores his family and his education.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 95.2: The Game-players of Titan (2)

Part two of my comments on Philp K. Dick's "The Game-players of Titan".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 95.1: The Gameplayers of Titan (1)

And now for a strange one, "The Game-players of Titan" by Philp K. Dick. What is this one about? Marriage? Gambling? Fertility? Drugs? Mental Illness? Colonialism? Psychotherapy? Classical Music? In a Philip K. Dick novel of the 1960s, it can be about all those things.

James Weldon Johnson: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

A one-off episode on James Weldon Johnson's novel "Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man", a story on passing, cigar rolling, and black Manhattan.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.6: The Man in the High Castle (6)

We have made it to the end of "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick. Let you know what you think of my finale episode on this Hugo Award-winning novel.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.5: The Man in the High Castle (5)

Part five of my review of "The Man in the High Castle".

Episode 225: W. E. B. Du Bois, Articles from “The Crisis”

Oh..the feels. Time to say goodbye to W. E. B. Du Bois. Maybe we will meet again if The Library of America publishes another volume of your works.

Articles from the "Crisis"--lots of them.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.4: The Man in the High Castle (4)

Part four of my comments and review of Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning novel "The Man in the High Castle".

 

Episode 224: W. E. B. Du Bois, Essays 3

The essays I look at in this episode are from the end of Du Bois' career, including a chapter from his masterpiece "Black Reconstruction in America."

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.3: The Man in the High Castle (3)

More of "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.2: The Man in the High Castle (2)

Part 2 of my comments on Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the Hight Castle".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 94.1: The Man in the High Castle (1)

Season 2 of the Philip K. Dick Book Club kicks off with part 1 of my comments on Dick's Hugo Award winning "The Man in the High Castle".

Episode 224: W. E. B. Du Bois, Essays, Part 2

In this episode, I take a look at Du Bois' essays from the post World War I period to the 1920s. Topics include the betrayed promise of natonal self-determination after the war and the Marcus Garvey movement.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 93.3: Vulcan’s Hammer (3)

My final episode on "Vulcan's Hammer" by Philip K. Dick.

This also brings to an end "Season 1" of this series on Dick's works, covering the stories and novels of the 1950s. (Vulcan's Hammer and Dr. Futurity, published in 1960, were written much earlier).
I will be back soon with the novels and stories of the 1960s, beginning with "The Man in the High Castle".

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 93.2: Vulcan’s Hammer (2)

Part two of my comments on Dick's 1960 novel "Vulcan's Hammer." A little murder mystery (murder of a computer anyway) thickens the plot.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: Episode 93.1: Vulcan’s Hammer (1)

The first part of my comments on Philip K. Dick's 1960 novel "Vulcan's Hammer". Not one of his best, to be sure, but one of the more contemporary thematically.

Episode 222: W. E. B. Du Bois: Essays, Part 1

The first of a series on episodes on the essays of W. E. B. Du Bois. These cover the period from his college days to the First World War. with themes such as the founding of "The Crisis" and education.

Episode 221: W. E. B. Du Bois: Dusk of Dawn (2)

Part two of my comments on W. E. B. Du Bois's autobiography and statement on global race relations, "Dusk of Dawn." In this part, we explore Du Bois' thoughts on Africa, empire, and the chaotic early 20th century.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 92.4: Dr. Futurity (4)

The finale of my review of Philip K. Dick's novel "Dr. Futurity" and my thoughts on what it means for us in our time.

Philip K. Dick Book Club: 92.3: Dr. Futurity (3)

Part 3 of my comments on Philip K. Dick's 1960 novel, "Dr. Futurity".