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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.

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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.

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I won’t reveal which books were “mine”

By come on 555667938383 - Dec 09 2019
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But it’s all in good fun. These guys (and their guests) will make fun of your favorite books. And authors. And probably your favorite other things. They won’t know enough about the books or the authors, because if they did they couldn’t make some of the jokes. Sometimes basic plot points will escape them. Fine. When they aren’t reading “my books”, they’re entertaining. And even when they are, it’s interesting to see a different perspective. So I can enjoy it, even if they really have a grade school (at best) understanding of “my” books.

These Guys Got Me Hooked

By mcsmaria28 - Nov 26 2019
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I started out listening to Craig and Andrew’s Annihilation episode and after listening to a whole slew of episodes, I subscribed. I enjoy the discussions these guys have and it’s fun to listen to one of the guys describe the book to the other one.

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1377 Ratings
Average Ratings
1217
55
28
29
48

I won’t reveal which books were “mine”

By come on 555667938383 - Dec 09 2019
Read more
But it’s all in good fun. These guys (and their guests) will make fun of your favorite books. And authors. And probably your favorite other things. They won’t know enough about the books or the authors, because if they did they couldn’t make some of the jokes. Sometimes basic plot points will escape them. Fine. When they aren’t reading “my books”, they’re entertaining. And even when they are, it’s interesting to see a different perspective. So I can enjoy it, even if they really have a grade school (at best) understanding of “my” books.

These Guys Got Me Hooked

By mcsmaria28 - Nov 26 2019
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I started out listening to Craig and Andrew’s Annihilation episode and after listening to a whole slew of episodes, I subscribed. I enjoy the discussions these guys have and it’s fun to listen to one of the guys describe the book to the other one.

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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.

Ep 300 - Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 300th episode than with a *biting* discussion of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster hit Twilight.

Will klutzy cipher Bella Swan and perfect baseballboy Edward Cullen make it? Can you practice abstinence in the world that gave rise to Fifty Shades? And when you become a vampire, does it make you HOT?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our tricentennial extravaganza!

May 21 2018

1hr 38mins

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Ep 200 - Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

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Here it is: the big two-hundo! This week, Andrew tackles David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in a show that is nearly 2.5 hours long and yet somehow still not quite long enough to get to everything.

We break down the plot and the structure, such as they are, and we also dive deeper into the role of addiction and depression in the book and the book’s at-times antagonistic relationship with the reader. It’s a book worth reading, but perhaps more than anything we’ve yet done for the show, it resists being read.

Sep 26 2016

2hr 25mins

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Ep 050 - Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

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Strap yourselves in and pick a good safe word, because Andrew and Craig both read Fifty Shades of Grey for this, our landmark 50th episode! Boy are they sorry!

A warning up front in case you're not familiar: this is a book that is mostly about a BDSM relationship. Our show this week has swearing and pretty graphic descriptions of sex, so keep that in mind while listening.

Mar 03 2014

1hr 8mins

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Ep 386 - On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

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What's up, daddio? Dig this, you cool cats: a podcast, burning with the soul of American individualism and the poetry of the open highway. Kerouac's legendary novel defined the Beat Generation, and it's chock-a-block with hallmarks of the era. Join us for a road trip back to the late 1940s -- an era of sweaty jazz, discarded marriages, and Benzedrine.

Nov 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep 072 - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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This week, we take another run at Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is, in Andrew's words, "a book where a bunch of people eventually get married to each other.

"It's also more than that, of course—it gives us an opportunity to talk about class, wealth, social standing, love, the institution of marriage, Milton Bradley jingles, and one Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Fitzy to his friends).

Aug 05 2014

59mins

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Ep 161 - It, by Stephen King

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Stephen King's It deserves most of the praise it gets - it's an incredibly long, incredibly detailed book that tells two long intertwined stories and a bunch of short ones besides, and in one section it made Andrew physically uncomfortable. Mission accomplished, Stephen!

But it's not all good; the book is longer than it probably needs to be and it lingers on certain aspects of pre-teen sexuality just a BIT more than seems advisable.

Anyway, come on down and enjoy this week's episode! We all float down here.

And you'll float, too.

Feb 15 2016

1hr 5mins

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Ep 385 - James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (w/ Natasha from UNSpoiled!)

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James Henry Trotter has a hard life. He's suffered loss. He's been mistreated. But things start looking up when a giant peach and a menagerie of bug friends come into his life! Roald Dahl's classic story of a typically-sized boy and his atypically-sized fruit is a real crowd-pleaser, even if there's a bunch of stuff we didn't remember from our childhoods.

Natasha from the UNSpoiled! Show joins us to kick off Remember November festivities, wherein we read books at least one of us has read before. Breaking our own rules - how rebellious!

Nov 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Ep 320 - Twilight: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

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Just like Bella can't resist her vampire beau Edward, we couldn't resist returning to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. So we sharpened our fangs and grew out our wolfbeards for a lengthy discussion of the second book in the series, New Moon.

We bemoan the dearth of quality humans in Bella's life. We discuss our #TeamJacob leanings despite some concerns about his "Nice Guy" persistence. And we express our frustration with a book that doesn't WANT to be a metaphor for power dynamics despite being about a teenage girl DEALING WITH SUPERNATURAL MONSTER BOYS.

Sep 24 2018

1hr 29mins

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Ep 182 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

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This week Andrew completes the Brontë trilogy with Charlotte Brontë's seminal novel Jane Eyre.

Is it a romance? Is it spooky? Do we like Mr. Rochester or does he well and truly stink? We'll attempt to answer these questions and more in between revisiting #MomSwears, solving some Scooby Doo mysteries, and traveling through Internet tubes.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by Kinyo Poetry and Squarespace.

Jun 13 2016

1hr 6mins

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Ep 351 - Twilight: Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

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Our journey through Stephenie Meyer's world of werewolves, vampires, and teens has come to a close! We wrap up the story of Bella, Edward, and Jacob with Breaking Dawn. It's a book that could probably be at least two books and definitely suffered by the odd pacing of the series' prior entries.

Join us for a discussion of the mind internet, fan fiction and world-building, and just how much we HATE werewolf imprinting.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 41mins

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HELLBOYS - Episodes 1 & 2

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Welcome to HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! On our newest show-within-a-show, we're reading Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy a few cantos at a time.

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. First you'll hear our introduction to the show (and the translation) and our chat about Inferno I-VII. Then our journey alongside Virgil and Dante continues with an episode on Inferno VIII-XVI. Talking points include violent punishments for violent people, Dante's (literal) burn book, and Hollander's helpful student Edward.

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

Jul 26 2019

2hr 4mins

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Ep 100 - Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James

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100 episodes! That means we've read and talked about 100 books, which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things but it sure feels like a lot for our little podcast.

For our last milestone episode, we read EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Now that we've done another 50 shows (and since the major motion picture is in theaters now), we've gone back to the sexy, sexy well to read Fifty Shades Darker.

Our frustrations with the original book are joined by some new complaints, and just like last time you can find some nearly-compelling threads amid the wreckage if you try hard enough. We also talk a little about the actual BDSM community, and how poorly Christian Grey would fit in among real-life practitioners. One of our listeners provided us with some links, which we've included below for added reading.

Added reading:

"Feminists can be kinky too" from Femmeuary: https://femmeuary.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/feminists-can-be-kinky-too/

"The two mantras of BDSM" from The Kink Factory: http://thekinkyfactory.com/bdsm-for-beginners/ssc-rack/

Feb 16 2015

1hr 21mins

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Ep 338 - Twilight: Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

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If you can't stand how hot these werewolves are, get out of the kitchen! This week we head back to Forks for the third of the four main Twilight books, and while we had kind of made our peace with reading these in our New Moon episode, we question the wisdom of that decision this time around.

Jan 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep 117 - Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

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What better way to discuss Diana Gabaldon's genre-straddling, time-traveling historical fiction novel Outlander than by confining ourselves to the same room? Live (not really) from Craig's kitchen, we're happy to bring you an episode chockablock with bad Scottish accents, interdimensional romance, and plenty of Highland sex tips.

Jun 08 2015

59mins

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Ep 087 - Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

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Have you read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, or seen the major motion picture currently in theaters? Because if not, you probably should turn back: we're in full-on spoiler mode this week, and this story hinges on its twists. 

Also on the show this week: Christmas Creep, the writing process, and our brand-new Tickle Me Mario doll.

Nov 17 2014

57mins

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Ep 319 - Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon

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What can be said about Thomas Pynchon's postmodern classic Gravity's Rainbow? Well, it's nearly a thousand pages long so what CAN'T be said, am I right??

Join us for a slightly longer than normal conversation about sexual antics, post-war war machines, and the difficulty of Difficult Books About Difficult Men.

Sep 17 2018

1hr 15mins

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Ep 358 - Circe, by Madeline Miller

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Madeline Miller's Circe is a great chaser for Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey, and it's an excellent exploration of a mythological character who has often been maligned. Miller's Circe is modern but also instantly recognizable and easy to reconcile with her classical depictions.

May 20 2019

1hr 14mins

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Ep 067 - Bossypants, by Tina Fey

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Tina Fey is a prolific, talented, outspoken comedian with a track record to rival the best in the business. She’s also a keen observer of the human condition, and her 2011 memoir/essay collection Bossypants covers with wit and humor a wide range of topics including the ins and outs of television comedy writing, motherhood, and becoming a woman in the late 20th century.

Just as her infamous 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin sparked many a cable news conversation (some productive, some frustrating), Bossypants spurred a smorgasbord of conversations (some productive, some frustrating) between us. So listen this week as we talk about sitcoms, remember terrible jobs, mull over gentrification, and continue to wrestle with that thorny thing called Privilege.

Jul 01 2014

49mins

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Ep 089 - The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

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For the second week in a row, we've decided to read a book about a dystopian society—Animal Farm was about the oppressed overthrowing and then becoming the oppressors, but The Handmaid's Tale is about an already oppressed group getting even more oppressed.

Margaret Atwood has a lot to say about women and feminism in this book, and we've got a lot of things to say about pie and things to misunderstand about Canada. Also on the docket: sexy John Adams, the LongPen, and analogies about Lost.

Dec 01 2014

1hr 2mins

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Ep 118 - Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is a writer in the vein of Hemingway or Faulkner, a person whose prose you can spot from a mile away. That can be a good or a bad thing, as we discuss in our show on his 1985 book Blood Meridian.Join us for a discussion of scalping, war, and the special Internet that only Cormac McCarthy knows about.

Jun 17 2015

59mins

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Ep 390 - The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

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George Selden wrote a charming story about a charming cricket named Chester who just charms the pants right off everyone living in New York City - including a cat and a mouse. And the illustrations by Garth Williams are also charming!

You know what's not so charming? Liverwurst.

Dec 09 2019

56mins

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Ep 389 - The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

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Andrew's got the week off so Craig's wife Laura joins the show again to talk about Kate Grenville's award-winning novel The Secret River.

The story is an an attempt to tell more truthfully the British settlement of Australia, as through the eyes of one man sent to the penal colony that would ultimately become the country we know today. The violence he witnesses - and participates in - against Aboriginal people defines him as well as the generations that come after.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 4mins

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HELLBOYS - Episodes 5 & 6

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Welcome to another installment of HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! We're continuing our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy a few cantos at a time.

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we combine them for general consumption. This combo episode carries us through the first two thirds of the Purgatorio, covering Cantos I-XXII. We climb up God's "Learn Your Lesson" mountain, meet a bunch of Dante-thirsty paparazzi, and encounter one "hell" of a Virgil stan.

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

Nov 30 2019

1hr 41mins

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Ep 388 - The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand

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Elements of Ayn Rand's Objectivist worldview hold a lot of sway in conservative American politics, so we go back to one of Rand's most significant works to see what all the fuss is about.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep 387 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey (w/ The Librarian Is In)

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This week, we're joined once again by Gwen and Frank from the New York Public Library's The Librarian Is In podcast, this time to talk about Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and the movie of the same name). It's a discussion of narrator reliability, "boy books," and the long and fruitful career of Louise Fletcher.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 8mins

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Ep 386 - On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

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What's up, daddio? Dig this, you cool cats: a podcast, burning with the soul of American individualism and the poetry of the open highway. Kerouac's legendary novel defined the Beat Generation, and it's chock-a-block with hallmarks of the era. Join us for a road trip back to the late 1940s -- an era of sweaty jazz, discarded marriages, and Benzedrine.

Nov 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep 385 - James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (w/ Natasha from UNSpoiled!)

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James Henry Trotter has a hard life. He's suffered loss. He's been mistreated. But things start looking up when a giant peach and a menagerie of bug friends come into his life! Roald Dahl's classic story of a typically-sized boy and his atypically-sized fruit is a real crowd-pleaser, even if there's a bunch of stuff we didn't remember from our childhoods.

Natasha from the UNSpoiled! Show joins us to kick off Remember November festivities, wherein we read books at least one of us has read before. Breaking our own rules - how rebellious!

Nov 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Ep 384 - The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton (Bonus Episode)

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This is Halloween. This is Halloween! Halloween. Halloween.

Join us for a bonus episode that includes a frightening chat, horrifying drawings, and a spooky spelunk through the world of Tim Burton's (children's book?) The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Nov 01 2019

52mins

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Ep 383 - Psycho, by Robert Bloch

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Stop me if you've heard this one: a strange man who runs a motel with his mom (maybe) commits several murders before people get wise to him. At least one of them is in a shower. It's very creepy. Were you thinking of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho? Well we're not talking about it! This is a book podcast, silly!

Actually we do talk a bit about what the movie lifted from the book, but we also dive into topics such as the murders that inspired Bloch, Norman Bates' murder swamp, and the prolific writer/musician Chet Williamson.

Oct 28 2019

59mins

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Ep 382 - Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach

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Come on into our spooky kitchen and let us cook you up a big steaming bowlful of creepypasta! This week's book began life as a series of Reddit posts that were later Kickstarted into a book self-published on Amazon, which is maybe the most early-2010s sentence that has ever been written. Join us for a lesson in creepy story etymology, and also a lesson in Skinhorse, the inside-out horse.

Oct 21 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep 381 - The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

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Ever wanted to marry a ghost? Then boy do we have a book for you! Spooktober continues with Yangsze Choo's debut novel about a young woman in late 19th-century Malaya who winds up promised to a spectral groom.

It's a fun book that is almost overflowing with hallmarks of different genres. Coming-of-age concerns, supernatural fantasy, historical fiction, romance: it's got a lot going on! But the heart of it all is Li Lan's entertaining exploration of the afterlife, its characters, and its bureaucracies.

Oct 14 2019

56mins

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Ep 380 - From Hell, by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

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We rip our way into Spooktober 2019 with From Hell, a 90s graphic novel from writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell about Jack the Ripper. The book presents one (possible, but unlikely) solution to the mystery, and our research leads us through a lot more.

Oct 07 2019

57mins

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Ep 379 - Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

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Please, sir, I want some more podcast! Dickens' classic novel about a lovable urchin named Oliver Twist is equal parts social novel, mystery, and bildungsroman -- or so Charlie thought. We dive into what works and doesn't work about its depictions of London in the Industrial Revolution, Oliver's moral compass, and the titular twist.

Sep 30 2019

58mins

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HELLBOYS - Episodes 3 & 4

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Welcome back to HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! We're continuing our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy a few cantos at a time.

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we combine them for general consumption. This episode carries us through the back half of the Inferno, covering Cantos XVII-XXXIV. We travel through the Malebolge, meet a demon biker gang, and climb down the Devil himself!

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

Sep 27 2019

1hr 32mins

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Ep 378 - The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things is about family, and loss, and India, and the caste system, and all of its disparate plot lines and character arcs come together in the end like a Seinfeld episode but with more tragedy.

Sep 23 2019

1hr 2mins

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Ep 377 - Lysistrata, by Aristophanes

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"What if women ended the Peloponnesian War, am I right?" asks Aristophanes in his classic comedy Lysistrata. Famous for its depiction of a sex strike that brings the warring Greek states to their unsexed knees, the play has been remixed countless times as generations of artists adapt its core conceit to their own times. So we figured we'd go back to the old Prince of Comedy himself to see what all the fuss is about.

Talking points include comedies of bad manners, Ancient Greek props, and the "lioness on a cheese grater."

Sep 16 2019

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Ep 376 - The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks (w/ Jillian Getting)

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It's time to play some games! Craig's sister Jillian read Iain M. Banks' The Player of Games, one of several entries in his Culture series that explores a hegemonic utopia influencing as much of outer space as it can. Banks' ideas gameplay may be primarily analog, but he still manages to represent cultures and worlds with digital creativity.

Andrew may be away, but we still find time to joke about names, make some Gatsby references, and chat about Starcraft.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 12mins

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Ep 375 - The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman

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Join us as we attempt to bring Pullman's epic god-fightin' trilogy to a close! We start with a brief recap of the first two books, and then we dive into what does and doesn't work for Andrew in the final installment. Train your spyglass on the Fall of Man, cut through bear armor with your subtle knife, and follow your golden compass to the origin of Dust.

Additional talking points include Andrew's new partyboy son, motorcycle elephants, and the debut of a new segment: Andrew's Dad Moment.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 6mins

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Ep 374 - Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer (Bonus Episode w/ Christina Tucker)

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Friend of the show Christina Tucker (Unfriendly Black Hotties, PCHH, her new newsletter, etc.) joins us to chat about Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation. It's the first of his Southern Reach trilogy, a Weird Science Fiction romp through a mysterious zone called Area X.

We've got our own Area X going, replete with chicken sandwiches, Edward James Olmos, and a fun-loving chat of supporters.

Aug 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Ep 373 - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (w/ The Worst Bestsellers)

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This week we welcome Renata and Kait from The Worst Bestsellers to talk about Becky Chambers' first entry in the Wayfarer series: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. It's a book that's equal parts cozy AND sexy, with plenty of aliens for you to meet and/or have...stirrings about.

Our conversation takes the long way from Star Trek to the Secret, exploring what it's like for folks who usually read Bad books to actually read a Good one.

Caveat lictor: sometimes you have to swear in space!

Aug 26 2019

1hr 14mins

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