Series: Overdue

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 children’s books: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Ep 447 – The Graduate, by Charles Webb

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our podcast turns its lonely ears to you. Woo-woo-ooo The Graduate is a story about the ennuied Benjamin Braddock, the provocative Mrs. Robinson, and the affair they embark upon that upends their lives. The iconic 1967 film adaptation is perhaps more famous than Webb’s book, but the novel does…

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Ep 446 – The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant is a sort of inversion of a typical fantasy novel – instead of a young person setting out to change the world, we get some aging heroes at the end of the Arthurian era trying to decide how everything is going to wind down. Our theme music was composed byNick Lerangis.

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Ep 445 – Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, and the elaborate con that is their shared history. Tune in for a conversation about Suzan-Lori Parks’ place in American theater, some patter from the street game three-card monte, and the open question that haunts your hosts: who is top dog of Overdue? Our…

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Ep 444 – Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1), by Diana Wynne Jones

Is Chrestomanci a type of magic? A government office? A person? Find out in the first of Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci novels. Join us for a discussion of the nine-lived Cat and his sister Gwendolyn, magical pranks, and mystical multiverses. Looking for more DWJ? Check out Ep 201 – Howl’s Moving Castle. Our theme music…

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Ep 443 – Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff (Bonus Episode)

Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel about two Black families fighting the forces of evil riffs on Lovecraftian fiction by focusing in on the cosmic horror that is America’s racist past, present, and future. We dive into each of the interconnected stories and spend some time comparing the overall vibe to that of HBO’s recent TV adaptation….

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Ep 442 – The Last Wish (Introducing The Witcher), by Andrzej Sapkowski

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, which means he travels the realm witching. What does that mean exactly? It’s a little unclear! But Sapkowksi’s protagonist and the world he inhabits have proven popular enough to warrant several novels, videogames, and screen adaptations. Toss a coin to your podcast, why don’tcha? For more on voting in…

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Ep 441 – Demon Theory, by Stephen Graham Jones

If you wanted more of your books to be metatextual pseudo-screenplays then Demon Theory is for you! If you do not want your books to be that, however, Demon Theory may not be for you. For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head tovotesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed…

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Ep 440 – The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

The Opera’s alive with the sound of music! It’s time to dive into the serialized story-slash-novel that spawned one of the most successful musicals of all time. (The one by Andrew Lloyd Webber, maybe you’ve heard of it?) It’s pretty different, it seems? For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United…

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Ep 439 – Revenge of the Russian Ghost (Choose Your Own Adventure), by Jay Leibold

This week we choose to travel to Mother Russia to make jingoistic jokes and hang out with Rasputin, every 90s kid’s favorite historical figure! Not sure what’s going on with the voices in this one. For more on voting in the 2020 election here in the United States, head tovotesaveamerica.com. Our theme music was composed…

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Ep 438 – Midnight Sun (A Twilight Novel), by Stephenie Meyer

Welcome to Spooktober 2020! What’s scarier than a story about a teenage girl who falls in with a family of vampires? 160 more pages than the original story and it’s all from the sad vampire boy’s perspective! Meyer’s companion novel to the original Twilight reminds us what we did and didn’t like about the series,…

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