Overdue

A podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Updates Mondays.

Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

 

Episode 230: Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Live in Philly)

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Well shiver me timbers, it's a live show! They say that dead men tell no tales, but Robert Louis Stevenson sure told a great tale in Treasure Island.

Things reach a fever pitch (literally) during our live show at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Topics include pirate radio, Jimbo and Mr. Hands, the game Desert Island, and our favorite entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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Episode 229: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This week, we return to the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (“Gabo” to his friends) for the first time since our second-ever episode. This time around we get to dive deeper into “magical realism,” the sort of dreamy heightened reality that Marquez employs so successfully, and we also touch on the book’s relationship with Colombian history and our relationship with our own hometowns.

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Episode 228: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

It's time to travel to the magical land of Narnia! It's Craig's first time journeying through C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it's EVERYONE's first time eating Turkish Delight!

Find out what the opposite of delight is, how a lion can be Jesus, and just what happens to Susan when she reaches the Narnia equivalent of the pearly gates.

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Episode 226: Last Act, by Christopher Pike (w/ guest Margaret H. Willison)

This week we're joined by social media maven (and friend of the show) Margaret H. Willison to talk about Christopher Pike's Last Act, an early entry from the author's prolific career writing YA thrillers.

We're here to solve the mystery of a murder in a high school drama club, but our conversation ranges far and wide. Talking points include Margaret's mispronunciations, Andrew's career as a stage performer, and Craig's new favorite book Skateboard Tough. 

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Episode 223: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

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"I am an invisible man," says the unnamed narrator at the beginning of Ralph Ellison's masterpiece Invisible Man. He then walks the reader through the painful journey that led to this realization, from the Jim Crow South to a less explicitly divided New York City.

When we aren't discussing the narrator's struggle to fight for racial justice through and within a Communist party analog, we spend time chatting about the Pigskin Classic, dragging Harold Bloom, and unpacking stereo equipment.

This week's show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Blue Apron and Penn State World Campus.

Episode 222: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (w/ The Librarian Is In)

Who has the conch? Somebody find the glasses! We're trapped on a podcast island with the amazing Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius of the New York Public Library's show The Librarian Is In. 

Actually, Gwen and Frank were kind enough to have us in their studio to chat about William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies. 

Possible television-related tangents include LOST, Kid Nation, and Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

This episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace and Penn State World Campus.

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Episode 221: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

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What will you remember? What will you be remembered for? Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven asks these questions of most of its characters as they struggle to survive before and after an apocalyptic flu outbreak. 

We also talk Mandel's work crunching data on novels, National Days, Corporate Speak, and what we won't miss when we lose the Internet.

Don't forget to book tickets to our live show at bit.ly/libraryshow!

This week's show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Blue Apron and Penn State World Campus.