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.


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Ep 019 – The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

We’re back from our hiatus, and to kick the rust off we’re diving right into a thorny discussion about race, sexuality, and poverty with Alice Walker’s The Color Purple....

Ep 018 – Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

“You know Frankenstein’s the name of the doctor, not the monster – right?” Despite decades of metal bolts and flat green foreheads muddying the waters, Mary Shelley’s original Frankensteinhas...

Ep 017 – Winnie The Pooh, by A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne’s famous bear is almost ninety years old. The first collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories was published in 1926, yet many of us first traveled to the Hundred Acre...

Ep 016 – World War Z, by Max Brooks

Max Brooks’ World War Z, soon to be a not-awesome-looking motion picture, takes an interesting approach to the zombie apocalypse story: it’s told through interviews with multiple survivors of...

Ep 015 – The Elements of Style, by Strunk & White

Whether or not you’ve read The Elements of Style, the writing rules and techniques you learned in grade school likely came from Strunk and White’s “little book.” Craig had...

Ep 014 – The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

When you talk about a witch-hunt, you aren’t normally referring to sane, procedural, and fair trials. You’re talking about a fear-driven investigation driven by suspicions rather than facts, where...

Ep 013 – A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines’ Pulitzer-nominated novel A Lesson Before Dying takes place in 1940s Jim Crow Louisiana, where a black schoolteacher is asked to visit a young man on death...

Ep 012 – Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Breaking a three-show “books from circa 1900” streak, Andrew tackles Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex, a tale of love, incest, time-jumping, emigration, and hermaphroditism. Like the book itself,...

Ep 011 – The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells’ classic “scientific romance” The War of the Worlds is perhaps the earliest known example of Martian invasion fiction. Of course, it’s more than just early science...

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