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Overdue Podcast

by Andrew Cunningham

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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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Ep 236 - Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go explores the inner lives of teens as they learn, love, and discover their full potential as... something you need to read/listen to find out. This intimate novel flirts with disturbing science fiction elements, but our buddy Kaz keeps the tone eerily calm and comfortable. Join us for a conversation about clone teens, clone butts, genre boundaries, and our first memories of death. If you haven't noticed, our podcast is weird. This week's episode is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Ep 235 - Silas Marner, by George Eliot

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


Craig returns this week for a talk about George Eliot (pen name for Mary Anne Evans) and her novel Silas Marner, which starts out as a bummer but gradually becomes an uplifting little story. We also talk about Craig’s vacation and the Baldwin brothers, among other things. This week’s episode is brought to you by Squarespace.

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Ep 234 - The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


Craig’s on his long-delayed honeymoon this week, so Andrew’s wife and other best friend Suzannah is filling in this week to tell you all about Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Did you know that Dumas has upwards of 40 mistresses? Did you know that this book was published in 18 pieces over the course of a couple of years, and that it’s over 1,000 pages long? Did you know that someone actually helped write parts of many of Dumas’ books and never got any official credit for it? Did you know that the Count himself is a Jigsaw-esque murderous vengeance machine? All this and more on this week’s Overdue! This week's show brought to you in part by Blue Apron.

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Ep 233 - Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Apr 06, 2017


David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas is most notable for its uniquely structured narrative, so it's only appropriate we made this the first book we cover while livestreaming for patrons! Other topics include Tom Hanks' henna tattoos, Yoko Ono husbands, and our favorite Disney princes. That's right, princes.

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Ep 232 - The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


This week we dive into Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, a quasi-autobiographical novel about womanhood, depression, and identity. We also discuss the unfortunate circumstances of Plath's early death, country mice moving to big cities, and metaphorical chemistry equipment.

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Ep 231 - The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


This week the boys join Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and read (fictional) stories about the Chinese-American children of Chinese immigrants; they also attempt to navigate some choppy waters around the book’s potential perpetuating of Chinese and Chinese-American stereotypes and the reaction to the 1993 film based on the book.

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Ep 230 - Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Live in Philly)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


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) at 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. This show is brought to you in part by Blue Apron.

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Ep 229 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


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. This week’s episode brought to you by Squarespace.

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Ep 228 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


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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Ep 227 - The World According to Garp, by John Irving

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


This week we bring you The World According to Garp according to Andrew - we breeze through John Irving’s best-known “middlebrow” novel, touching on its feminist leanings, its surprising progressivism as it regards the transgendered, and both the dark humor and the just-plain-darkness lurking around every corner. This week’s episode brought to you by Blue Apron and Squarespace.

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

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


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. This week's show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Ep 225 - Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, by Audre Lorde

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


This week, we tackle Audre Lorde's autobiographical Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. It's an account of Lorde's childhood and early adulthood, focusing specifically on her experiences as a black, out, gay woman in New York City in the 1950s.

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Ep 224 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


Mark Haddon's book about a teenager with "Behavioral Problems" is notable less for what happens in it and more for its perspective. It's an affecting study of human thought and behavior that we can't ruin even by talking about Subway for five minutes!

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Ep 223 - Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


"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.

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

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


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 The 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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Ep 221 - Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


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.

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Ep 220 - The US Constitution

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


We the Hosts of Overdue, in Order to form a more perfect Podcast, establish Humor, insure earbud Tranquility, provide for uncommon offense, promote our listeners’ Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Goofs to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this podcast on the Constitution for the United States of America. No really, we did it. A whole podcast on the Constitution, its origins, and the Bill of Rights. We talk about what the Framers didn’t say, what they didn’t predict, and what we wish people WOULDN’T do with the Constitution in years to come. This week’s show is brought to you in part by Blue Apron, Penn State World Campus, and Squarespace.

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Ep 219 - Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, by Anne Washburn

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


This week, Andrew brings his oddly deep and specific knowledge of The Simpsons to bear on Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. In a post-apocalyptic world in which Simpsons quotes were treated as currency, he would pretty much run the place. This week's show brought to you by Penn State World Campus.

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Ep 218 - Angel, by Elizabeth Taylor

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


Welcome to 2017! Our first book of the year is Angel by Elizabeth Taylor, a somewhat forgotten mid-century classic about an author shaping her world through fiction. Because it's us, we HAD to spend time talking about the other Angels and Elizabeths Taylor in our lives. We also find time to cover cheaters and lies, Ferris Buellering, and Jerry the Internet Editor. This week's show is brought to you in part by Penn State World Campus and Squarespace.

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Episode 217 - All-Star Superman (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


Up in the sky, look! It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a podcast about Superman! Lucas Brown (host of the podcast "The Math of You") joins us for a discussion of Grant Morrison's timeless Man of Steel collection All-Star Superman. We talk about origin story troubles, Superman's ever expanding powerset, and one of the most affecting Superman panels in recent memory.

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Episode 216 - A Tale for the Time Being

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 26, 2016


For our last regular show of 2016, we come to Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and get schooled on the relationship between the writer and reader and the nature of time itself. We also touch on Christmas gifts from the future-past, good names for blogs, and more. This week’s show is sponsored by Penn State World Campus, and you can check out our merch store between now and January 31 at overduepodcast.com/store.

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Episode 215 - Stealing Christmas

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


This week we learn all about the "quick, dirty, and over-the-top" erotic fiction of Alexa Riley - and since Stealing Christmas is holiday-themed, we get into the spirit of the season, too! Join us for a frank and explicit discussion of mall barons, safe unsafeness, and sexy, sexy sexual intercourse.

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Episode 214 - White Teeth

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


Show me Zadie Smith's WHITE TEETH! Join us for a discussion about her debut novel that tackles immigration, assimilation, and our collective struggle to control the lives we lead. We'll also reference Lady Gaga, share some rules for fistfighting (and writing), and discover the sad clown Pa(g)liacci.

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Episode 213 - The Outsiders

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders was written when the author was just 16, which is impressive not just because the book has an atypical amount of empathy and perspective for something written by a teenager, but because the author is especially close to her characters’ circumstances. Also on tap for this week: sick raps, tales from the McDonald’s drive-thru, and a whole lot more.

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Episode 212 - The History of Love

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


The History of Love is littered with catchphrases. Bazinga! Time to make the donuts! Not the Mama! That is to say, our episode on The History of Love is littered with catchphrases. The 2005 novel by Nicole Krauss stars Leo and Alma, whose fates are intertwined by the success of a powerful book. The name of that book? The History of Love. It's a book-within-a-book. Get it?! We also chat about pen pals, t-shirts, saccharine texts, and the need to be seen.

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Episode 211 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


Neil Gaiman started 2013's The Ocean at the End of the Lane as a novella for his wife, who "doesn't really like fantasy." This gives the book a different vibe from some of Gaiman's other work, though any book that features a tattered sentient bedsheet clears the "fantastical" bar for us. This breezy book deals mostly in Bradbury-esque musings on the nature of childhood and adulthood, and we spend a lot of time on that as well as the Great Page Count Race of 2016 and our new t-shirt empire.

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Episode 210 - 2016 Election (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


No book for this month's bonus episode, gang, and we're also releasing it at the same time for both patrons and everyone else in the interest of being timely. We were both deeply saddened by the results of last week's United States presidential election, and we've spent most of the last week dissecting our feelings about it and trying to figure out where we go from here. In this episode, we provide some context for our international listeners, attempt to commiserate with those who agree with us and reach out to those who don't, and lay out a path for getting more involved if that's something you want to do. Thanks for listening, everyone. Your support means the world to us.

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Episode 209 - Snow Crash

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


What does pizza murder have to do with a linguistic virus that dates all the way back to Ancient Sumeria? Find out as we discuss Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash. Other talking points include Stephenson's "Multiverse," anime, and "pooning." Thanks again to all of our listeners. It's been a hard week, but you folks are amazing.

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Episode 208 - Magic Bites

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


Magic Bites, the first novel in a longrunning series by wife-and-husband writing team Ilona and Andrew Gordon (known collectively as Ilona Andrews) does throw out some interesting ideas. The relationship between magic and science is neat, and some of the action set pieces work well. But in other places, unfortunately, it fell flat for Andrew—characterization is often two-dimensional, the magical near-future Atlanta often feels contradictory and hastily drawn, and the prose is just clunky enough to highlight the novel’s problems rather than mask them. We talk about all of this plus voting, how phones work, and the pitfalls of judging an entire body of work by the strength of the debut. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

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Episode 207 - Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


Listener beware, we're choosing the scares! In this, our final Spooktober entry of 2016, we bounce around the pages of R.L. Stine's Give Yourself Goosebumps #6: Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter. It's time to get the heebies AND the jeebies as we discuss unhelpful childhood nicknames, clash with Bad News Barney and Drippy Dora, and try to survive the sickest Goosebumps reference ever included in a Goosebumps book.

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Episode 206 - Ring

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


Hold on to your VHS tapes! It's time to talk about Koji Suzuki's Ring, the 1991 novel that inspired that movie everyone's heard of with the tape and the phone call and the seven days until your death. He may not be Stephen King, and he may not like horror - but Suzuki does know how to turn a mystery about a murderous videotape into quite the page-turner. Additional talking points include MST3K cons, horror lessons, and evil viruses.

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Episode 205 - Werewolf of Paris

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Wed, Oct 26, 2016


It’s time to get *very* professional with the fourth book of Spooktober 2016! Guy Endore’s Werewolf in Paris is widely regarded as The Werewolf Novel, but it isn’t all full moons and silver bullets. Set in and around in the Paris Commune of 1871, the novel tackles class, sex, and the human desire to control our own impulses.

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Episode 204 - The Haunting of Hill House

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as "the greatest haunted-house story ever written." The house itself is vile. It's dark and impossible to navigate. It's dripping with blood. So why are four people trying to spend their summer there?!? This week's paranormal activity is brought to you in part by the fine website wizards at Squarespace.

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Episode 203 - Hook (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


Come Peter Panning with us as we discuss the 1991 Steven Spielberg film Hook, inspired by the classic book Peter Pan (Episode 165). It's time to name of a bunch of films, discuss the perils of overstaying your welcome in Neverland, and explore how such a stellar cast turned out a less-than-stellar movie.

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Episode 202 - The Woman in Black

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


We get Spooktober rolling in earnest this week with Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, a ghost story written in the 1980s that intentionally invokes Gothic and Victorian storytelling techniques and language to create a tale that feels timeless.

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Episode 201 - Howl's Moving Castle

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 04, 2016


This week is the start of Overdue’s third-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary (or at least somewhat spooky) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween! Our first book is Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle, a book about a young girl transformed into an elderly woman, who gets wrapped up in a charming wizard's quest to avoid all responsibility whatsoever. With our special guests Siri and the Christmas Creep, we touch upon the horrors and benefits of aging, the Billboard Magic Charts, Prince Justin, and WitchYelp. This week's episode is brought to you in part by our good (totally not haunted) friends at Squarespace.

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Episode 200 - Infinite Jest

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


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.

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Episode 199 - Tuck Everlasting

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


It's my life...and it's now or never. I ain't gonna live forever! OR AM I? Natalie Babbitt's beloved children's novel Tuck Everlasting tackles the tough questions. What would happen if I could live forever? What will I do with the time I'm allotted on this mortal coil? Would it be creepy for a teenager to tell a ten-year old to drink immortality water in seven years so that he can be her forever husband? This week's Ohio jokes, French Stewart goofs, and despair at our finite existence are brought to you in part by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 198 - The Magicians

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


What if magic were real? What if your favorite fantasy world was a place you could actually go? Would you be happy? Could you be happy? These are the questions posed by Lev Grossman's The Magicians, an en*gross*ing urban fantasy novel that's spawned two sequels and a SyFy original series. Other questions we pose ask about the following: the Fall of Flirting, One-Star Amazon Reviews, Jurassic Park Trespasser, and sexy foxes (we're sorry).

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Episode 197 - Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


Something a little different this week: Andrew read a non-fiction book about the personal computer era, something he was reading about mostly because he was also watching AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. There’s an interesting story at the heart of it, but delivered through the dry and often sterilized viewpoint of its one-time CEO it often seems lifeless. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

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Episode 196 - Watership Down (Live from Philadelphia)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


If you came out to our second-ever live show at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, you've already heard this one! But for the rest of you, settle in for a conversation about bunny theology, rabbit puns, tattooed moms, and our normal shenanigans.

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Episode 195 - The Beggar's Opera

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


With The Beggar's Opera, John Gay attempted to skewer 18th-century British government, the rich, and Italian operas. Did his satire succeed? Maybe you'll find out on this rather free-wheeling episode. Off-topic topics include: the firm of Borowitz, Onion and Yankovic; the Ginger Ale Dimension; 99 Degrees; and "Celebration by Kool & the Gang" a new musical by Kool & the Gang.

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Episode 194 - Prisoner of the Ant People (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


Shrink your bodies and expand your minds with this week's Choose Your Own Adventure book: Prisoner of the Ant People by R.A. Montgomery. This week's choices include tossing out the rules, annoying robots and nicely-shaped Martians, and starting almost as many stories as we finish. Come join us in Zondo Quest Group II!

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Episode 193 - Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


What happens when you take some Ray Bradbury, add some undead, stir in a pinch of Doctor Who, sprinkle with dark humor, and bake in the eternal flames of Hell? You get Jonathan L. Howard's Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, the first in a series of books about a guy who's trying to do what he thinks is the "right" thing in all the wrong ways. We also talk about some of your First Smooch stories, what we'd want if we sold our souls to the devil, and what it might sound like if Marc Maron got Jesus on WTF.

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Episode 192 - Casino Royale

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


"Bond. James Bond." "Shaken, not stirred." "It's no good crying over spilt milk." This week we find out which one of these classic James Bond catchphrases does NOT appear in Ian Fleming's debut novel Casino Royale. We also discuss test tube Olympians, Cold War capers, and the Communist leanings of your favorite Smurfs. Wake up sheeple! This week's episode is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 191 - The Phantom Tollbooth (Bonus episode w/ Appointment Television)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


Andrew's other podcast pals Margaret and Kathryn give Craig a break this month, and we all talk about Norton Juster's classic The Phantom Tollbooth. Kathryn wasn't totally on board since she never read the book as a kid, but there are plenty of puns and an ample supply of wordplay to keep the gang invested. If you like the Appointment Television crew, you can find out more at atvpodcast.com!

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Episode 190 - Eleanor & Park

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


This week Andrew reads Rainbow Rowell’s pitch-perfect YA novel Eleanor and Park, and it spurs a discussion of 80s nostalgia, first kisses, censorship, body image issues, and teen life.

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Episode 189 - Shadowshaper

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Daniel Jos? Older's novel Shadowshaper is the story of Sierra Santiago, a young woman with the power to infuse art with spirits and save her community from destruction. Set in Older's modern, magical Brooklyn, Shadowshaper shows us the supernatural power of heritage while also tackling subjects like gentrification, cultural tourism, and young love. Of course, we find time to riff on nighttime salsa, bone moes, and Harold and the Purple Crayon. Enjoy!

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Episode 188 - The Likeness

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 18, 2016


This week, we use Tana French’s outstanding sequel The Likeness as an opportunity to comment on everything from the semi-serialized nature of crime stories to tips for going undercover to Pok?mon Go. We read French’s first novel, In The Woods, for the show a couple of years back, and while you don’t need to have read that book to enjoy this one, we will spoil minor elements of both books in our discussion this week. You’ve been warned!

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Episode 187 - A Walk to Remember (w/ the Unfriendly Black Hotties)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


Sometimes an author’s prose is so distracting in so many ways that it totally derails their stories—such is the case with Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember. Sparks always tells but rarely shows. He gives us one- or two-word descriptions that are meant to serve as “characterization,” but those characters don’t always act the way Sparks tells us they act. And people talk to each other not like human beings, but like aliens in human skin-suits. This week, Unfriendly Black Hotties co-hosts Christina and Kamille help us break down Sparks’ writing and the man himself, and we try to figure out the stuff in Sparks’ work that makes his books bestsellers. (Note the Explicit tag this week, for some light swearing and Sexual Discussions.)

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Episode 186 - Island of the Blue Dolphins

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 04, 2016


Scott O'Dell began writing Island of the Blue Dolphins because of "anger, anger at the hunters who [...] slaughter everything that creeps or walks or flies." The Newberry Award-winning story that resulted is a compelling account of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island and a powerful story of perseverance. In between dishing on animal companions, we find time to talk about email etiquette, dog-focused action sequences, and why Overdue is the #1 Podcast for Teens.

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Episode 185 - Overdue Q&A (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


You asked, we answered! For this month's bonus show we didn't read a specific book, but instead went through some listener-submitted questions about the show and about us and gave semi-thoughtful answers. Join us to hear a dramatic reading of our first real chat about the show, some not-too-great names we tried out before we settled on Overdue, and a whole lot more.

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Episode 184 - The Gospel of Loki

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Joanne Harris’ The Gospel of Loki is part straightforward myth written for a modern audience and part fanfiction, and we don’t mean that in any sort of pejorative sense. Harris sees the Norse pantheon as inherently modern, and it’s hard to disagree - it’s full of prideful, flawed sex maniacs who are so insecure that’s it’s almost funny, at least when their spats aren’t breaking and remaking the world. Join us for all of this plus some thoughts on Chuckie Finster’s Greatest Hits.

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Episode 183 - The Door

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


"In Soviet Hungary...nanny hires you!" Time to talk about The Door, a lesser known but very powerful book by celebrated Hungarian author Magda Szabo. It's set in the 1960s and 70s, so we read up a little on the Eastern Bloc to make sure we knew what we're talking about. Instead we just make Yakov Smirnoff jokes. Other topics include old guitar ladies, "groupie states," and Craig's love language.

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Episode 182 - Jane Eyre

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


This week Andrew completes the Bront? trilogy with Charlotte Bront?'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.

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Episode 181 - Guilt By Association (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Here's a fun fact: Did you know that Marcia Clark, lead prosecutor on the OJ Simpson case, wrote legal thrillers? Neither did we! But Craig's fascination with the American Crime Story version of the trial and a well-placed ad on Andrew's Kindle led to Craig cracking open her first novel. It can be clunky, but it's also a surprisingly fun read!

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Episode 180 - Preacher (Gone to Texas and Until the End of the World)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


What if God walked away from it all? And left behind a Gomorrah-like stew of sex and bloodshed out of which emerged a superpowered preacher, seeking revenge on the almighty? That's the set up for Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's graphic novel Preacher. This week, Craig tackles the first two volumes of the series and explains what's preventing him from pressing onward in the story. We also touch on how best to subvert the comic code, American Movie Classic, and how far is far too far when depicting taboo behavior.

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Episode 179 - 1Q84

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 30, 2016


It's alternate universes, murderous plots, and ghostwritten novels all the way down this week—1Q84 is Andrew's first Haruki Murakami novel, and there's a lot of good stuff here even if the book could stand to shed a couple hundred pages. Come for the book talk, stick around for references to Highlights For Children, the Tostitos Bowl, and the usual nonsense.

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Episode 178 - The Call of the Wild

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 23, 2016


Get in touch with your inner wolf-dog and answer The Call of the Wild by Jack London! We apologize that our Murakami episode will take another week, but we didn't want to leave you in the literary lurch. So we take a trip on the Yukon trail with one heck of a dog named Buck. It's time to talk instinct, dog names, oyster pirates, and Calvin & Hobbes and John Locke from LOST.

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Episode 177 - Jurassic Park

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 16, 2016


There are dinosaurs! Lots of dinosaurs! And they rule Jurassic Park! Michael Crichton's techno-thriller classic Jurassic Park kicked off a generation's dinomania. But it's also a chilling tale of science run amok. A story about what happens when advancement for advancement's sake breaks the rules of nature. This week's installment of Andrew's euchre tips and our recap of the Waluigi Principle are both brought to you by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 176 - Black Beauty

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 09, 2016


It's wall-to-wall horse talk this week, starting with a blow-by-blow analysis of the Kentucky Derby and moving on to Anna Sewell's classic Black Beauty. Andrew wasn't expecting this tale to be told by a horse in the first-person perspective, but that's what Black Beauty is. As a warning against the dangers of horse abuse and drinking alcohol, it's actually quite effective. This week's show is brought to you by kinyopoetry.com and "Lonely and Horny," a video series by Headgum co-creators Jake and Amir.

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Episode 175 - The Dark Is Rising

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 02, 2016


News at 11! The Dark is Rising! We repeat: the Dark IS Rising! The second (and titular) entry in Susan Cooper's award-winning The Dark Is Rising sequence turns out to have been a perfect book for Children's Book Week. It's a young adult fantasy novel about a boy named Will Stanton who embarks on an epic quest to fight against the Dark with the powers of the Light. It leads us to ask, why do kids gravitate towards stories with black-and-white morals? And why do people keep entrusting the fate of the universe to tweens? Of course, we also find time to talk terrible movie adaptations, time tourists, Old Old things, and the trials of having holiday-adjacent birthdays.

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Episode 174 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


We're dipping back in the Victor Hugo well this week with his other best-known book The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Did you know that the book and the Disney movie don't end the same way? Also on tap: road trips, games of tag, revisiting the poverty question from last week, and talking about Hugo's views on architecture vs. the printing press.

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Episode 173 - Eat Pray Love (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


For this month's bonus episode, Suzannah and Laura (wives of Andrew and Craig, respectively) go on an extended overseas vacation to find themselves. At least, they try to do so vicariously through Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love. Along the way, they talk about the movie Coyote Ugly, their discomfort with the sort of "priv-lit" that Eat Pray Love has been accused of being, and where they would go and what they would do to find themselves if given the money and time.

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Episode 172 - Les Mis?rables

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Do you hear the podcast sing?/Singing the song of Hugo's book?/It is a book about some people who are sad and live in France! It took us a while to finish Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Mis?rables, but that doesn't mean it wasn't worth it! Join us this week for a discussion of the book's inception and its lasting appeal. Other talking points include zoo cuisine, D&D alignments and soul-crushing poverty. Uplifting, huh?

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Episode 171 - Mr Peanut

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


Adam Ross’ Mr. Peanut is a novel about marriage and murder with a warped sense of time and reality, but it’s also a book where the whole is a bit less than the sum of its parts. Individual threads have interesting things to say about marriage and interpersonal relationships, but these threads don’t quite form into a cohesive whole. We also chat a bit about our own marriages (including Craig’s, which is hot-off-the-presses), Timbits, and how we feel when authors tell readers how clever their work is instead of just showing us.

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Episode 170 - Star Wars: Aftermath (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


For March's bonus show, friend of the show Eric Van Tassell swings by to chat about the Chuck Wendig's novel Star Wars: Aftermath. Eric's staggering knowledge of all things Star Wars helps us talk about the colossal job handed to Wendig - namely, to write a compelling novel designed to generate excitement about all things Star Wars while also ignoring thirty years of "Expanded Universe" fiction. Naturally, the episode veers in and out of a discussion about the challenges inherent to writing companion fiction, such as balancing the expectations of a rabid fanbase. Also, Andrew attempts to sum up 7 Star Wars movies in just over 90 seconds. Buckle up!

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Episode 169 - Flowers in the Attic (hosted by Two Bossy Dames)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


This week's episode is something a little different: Andrew and Craig were off writing the Two Bossy Dames newsletter last week, so Margaret H. Willison and Sophie Brookover are taking over the show this week! The Dames read VC Andrews' Flowers in the Attic, which is apparently MUCH more about incest than the books we normally read! But they handle it ably, answering questions like: is this supposed to be titillating? IS it titillating? Why is our culture so bad at exposing young women and girls to sex in a healthy, non-creepy way? And more! You can subscribe to Two Bossy Dames and view an archive of past letters (including the one we did!) at www.tinyletter.com/twobossydames.

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Episode 168 - The Rover

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Aphra Behn's The Rover debuted in 1677 to great acclaim. King Charles II loved it, and audience demand led to Behn writing the sequel: The Rover II. This week, we talk about why a play about the sexual adventures of British exiles in Naples might have done so well at the 17th-century box office. We then talk about what might make it a little problematic for a modern audience. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace. Build it, bazinga!

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Episode 167 - Statue of Liberty Adventure (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 21, 2016


It's time to choose our adventure and celebrate the arrival of Spring with a trip to the Big Apple in Ellen Kushner's Statue of Liberty Adventure. This week's choices include quantum pants, Coffee Boy, and Dick Van Dyke's Worst Charlie Bit My Finger Impression (TM). The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are uniformly terrible. Any identification with actual persons, places, buildings, and products is purposeful because otherwise we wouldn't know what voices to use.

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Episode 166 - When Women Were Birds

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Terry Tempest Williams' When Women Were Birds is about the power of words, the power of nature, the power of women, and the power of silence. It's not always fun to read, but it's always got something to say. That's not always the case for Andrew and Craig at parties, though. This week's episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.

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Episode 165 - Peter Pan

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 07, 2016


You've seen the movie(s). You've seen the play/musical. But have you read the novel of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan? It's chockablock with mommy wives, nanny dogs, and more adventures than you can shake a pretend stick at. Join us as we poke fun at and point out problematic elements of a classic children's story, revel in the power of the imagination, and catalog the myriad inspirations for Peter Pan.

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Episode 164 - Speedboat (Bonus episode w/ guest Sophie Brookover)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


For February's bonus show, friend of the show and co-Two Bossy Dame Sophie Brookover (@sophiebiblio) joins us to talk about Speedboat, Renata Adler's first novel. This is one of those episodes where the author threatens to overshadow the book itself - Adler is an outsize figure with a long career, and she's never been shy about telling people exactly what she thinks. And that's true even though her prose is EXTREMELY on point.

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Episode 163 - Disgruntled

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 29, 2016


Disgruntled, Asali Solomon’s debut novel, is simultaneously ambitious and accessible. It’s a coming-of-age novel that grapples with questions of race, identity, and family, all heavy topics. But it’s always clear and direct and it’s often funny, and Solomon has a gift for making complicated feelings easy to understand.

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Episode 162 - A Prayer for Owen Meany

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


We are doomed to remember a podcast about a book about a boy with a wrecked voice. John Irving's seminal bildungsroman A Prayer for Owen Meany weaves together themes of American disillusionment and religious destiny into a fable about little Owen, who changed the world of everyone that knew him. Join us as we find excuses to talk about Seinfeld, prayers for war robots, and strange dads. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace.

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Episode 161 - It

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 15, 2016


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.

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Episode 160 - Robinson Crusoe (w/ guest Jake Hurwitz)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


Special guest Jake Hurwitz (of Jake and Amir, If I Were You, and Headgum fame) joins us this week to talk about Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, one of the very earliest examples of the modern novel. Along the way, we discuss the ins and outs of being stuck on a desert island, the many ways in which this years-old story is pretty racist, and just how long the REAL title of the book is. This week's show is sponsored by Squarespace.

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Episode 159 - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and The Forbidden Words of Margaret A (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


For January's bonus episode, we put together a sci-fi double feature: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin and The Forbidden Words of Margaret A. by L. Timmel Duchamp. Both are short stories of speculative fiction, and both are incredibly clever bummers. When not despairing at the states of humanity and journalism, we lighten the mood with some horrifying mouth noises, David Brooks articles, and Andrew's campaign for Sexiest Man Alive.

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Episode 158 - Beloved

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 01, 2016


Widely regarded as one of the best, and most important books, of the last half-century, Toni Morrison's Beloved is an unflinching examination of how the past can enslave just as painfully as a yoke or a whip can - and how our inability to wrestle with the past begets wrongdoing for generations to come. Listen in as we discuss full-contact sports, the myth of the well-meaning slave-owner, hauntings, and Craig's quest to find #achairformyandrew.

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Episode 157 - The Bees

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 25, 2016


This week's book manages to combine eerily accurate biology with a Margaret Atwood-esque dystopia, a potent mixture that you need to read to believe. We also dive deep into our mailbag, discuss the recent blizzard, and put some basketball jokes in the place you would LEAST expect. This week's episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace.

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Episode 156 - A Canticle for Leibowitz

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 18, 2016


In A Canticle for Leibowitz, the 1959 post-apocalyptic classic by Walter M. Miller, Jr., a secluded order of monks have dedicated themselves to preserving knowledge that predates an apocalyptic event several centuries prior. But what to do when people come asking for it? Is mankind doomed to repeat its mistakes forever? This week we're doomed to chat about cyclical history, the first rule of improv, space monks and desert priests, and Casey Kasem's Roaring 20s.

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Episode 155 - Good Omens

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


Good Omens was written by a sort of science fiction supergroup, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's one of those books where it's as fun to chew on the turns of phrase as it is to find out what happens, which is pretty amazing since it's literally about the end of the world. Join us for a chat about humanity's innate goodness and evilness, a moratorium on Serial jokes, and some sleepy giggles.

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Episode 154 - The Scarlet Pimpernel

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 04, 2016


Odd's fish! It's time to reveal the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the hero of Baroness Emma Orczy's 1908 novel. (No seriously, we're going to tell you who he or she is.) Other spoilers during our Reign of Terror include what finally tipped the public against Robespierre, some truly terrible accents, and secret identities stretching from Batman to Zorro.

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Episode 153 - The Age of Innocence (Bonus Episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Dec 31, 2015


This month, first-ever patron guest host Asma walks us through Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, a story about upper-class people of marriageable age in 19th century New York City. It's not the harshest criticism that Wharton ever wrote about the upper crust (that would be The House of Mirth, published earlier), but the book still isn't overly kind to these people and their rigid hierarchies.

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Episode 152 - The Cuckoo's Calling

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 28, 2015


What exactly IS a Cormoran Strike? Did J.K. Rowling's publisher leak her pen name to make big big bucks? To answer these questions and more, we invited on friend of the show Margaret H. Willison to talk The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling.) Other mysteries solved include the origins of Godbucks, the power of Reddit detectives, and how much Andrew likes Bones.

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Episode 151 - Home Alone

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 21, 2015


Welcome to the wild world of movie novelizations! This week, we read Todd Strasser's (mostly) faithful novelization of the hit 1990 family comedy Home Alone. Join us for an occasionally musical discussion of Krampus, taking ideas from the page to the screen and back again, the realities of being hit in the head with an iron, and the Wet Bandits' branding issues. This week's home defense tutorial is brought to you by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 150 - Fifty Shades Freed

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 14, 2015


We're back to finish the fight - this week we take on the third and final book in EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It's not that a book about a BDSM relationship (complete with graphic sex scenes) can't be good, it's just that THESE books are intensely frustrating. The repetitive prose and awkward sex end up back in our crosshairs, but this time around we pay especial attention to Ana and Christian and just how frustrating they are as characters.

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Episode 149 - Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


This week we're going around the world -- in 80 days, no less! Well, actually, Andrew read Jules Verne's classic globetrotting adventure Around the World in Eighty Days, but we still TALK about a lot of places even if we don't go there. Other travel tips include cultural broad strokes. fast food pranks, and scientific romance. This week's transcontinental journey is brought to you by the good folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 148 - Things Fall Apart (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


Our belated bonus episode for November tackles Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, a seminal work of Nigerian literature and a look at the bad things that can happen when cultures clash. Join us for a treatise on present wrapping, discussions of colonialism and yams, and a tiny, disturbing sneak peek into our next 50 Shades of Grey talk.

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Episode 147 - Catch-22

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 30, 2015


War...war never changes. But it does get more and more absurd the deeper you dive into Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Join us for a discussion of potato tips, alternate podcast titles, double binds and logic traps, and the celebrity resemblance of one Major Major Major Major.

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Episode 146 - A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Flannery O'Connor was a master of the Southern Gothic short story. Her characters are vivid, her turns of phrase equal parts memorable and chilling. These stories make you laugh, make you cringe, and sometimes make you wish you could forget how they end. This week we chat about two or three collected O'Connor stories, including the renowned A Good Man is Hard to Find. Other topics include desktop deodorant, the science of smooching, the good old days, and the ultimate fate of the baby from Nevermind.

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Episode 145 - A Confederacy of Dunces

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 16, 2015


Every once in awhile you read a character study about a character who is uniquely unpleasant to study—such is the case with John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, a thoroughly delightful book about the thoroughly repulsive Ignatius J. Reilly. Join us for a discussion of baby birthdays, Seinfeld, dialect, jelly donuts, and solo hobbies.

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Episode 144 - The Last of the Wine

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 09, 2015


Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine depicts Ancient Greece as truthfully as possible. It is historical fiction filled with war, political intrigue, pederasty and explicit homosexual love - the likes of which were rather scandalous when she published it in the 1950s. Her book also spawned an episode complete with discussions of Mr(s). Doubtfire, Alexander the Fine, unread text messages, and mummy libraries. This week's episode is brought you to by the Greek god of web design, Squarespace.

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Episode 143 - Ghost Stories and Urban Legends (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


To close out Spooktober, we thought it only appropriate that we gather around the digital campfire and swap some spooooooky stories. Tales told include the Legend of Bloody Mary, an email forward about spiders, The Hook, and a rather disturbing story about Soviet sleep science gone horribly wrong (no really this one's actually sort of graphic and gross). We forgot the s'mores, but we didn't forget to talk about pleasing terrors, picking up mummies, haunted sandwiches, and Oklahoma ghost stories.

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Episode 142 - Wuthering Heights

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 02, 2015


This week we go back to the Bront? well to read Emily Bront?'s Wuthering Heights, the only novel she published before her untimely death at the age of 30. Wuthering Heights is about romance, vengeance, catching cold, inheriting property, and the perils of attempting to marry above or below your station - all the hallmarks of a good 19th century novel, in other words. We also talk about Thanksgiving, spelling bees, and Muppet Babies - all the hallmarks of an Overdue episode, in other words.

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Episode 141 - Rebecca

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 26, 2015


Though not conventionally spooky, Daphne du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca is a perfect fit for Spooktober. It takes place at a big creepy (but beautiful) house. There's an evil maid. And the late wife of Maxim de Winter haunts every action, every line of dialogue. Rebecca's also a powerful exploration and indictment of how women can have their identity defined for them. Join us for a chat about terrible husbands, Halloween costumes, plagiarism, old people, and Ace Ventura. This episode is brought to you in part by Dollar Shave Club and Blue Apron.

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Episode 140 - The Amityville Horror

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


Spooktober rolls on this week with Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror, a “true story” from the mid 1970s about a family that buys a haunted house and then gets chased out of it. Its spookiness rating is… pretty low. We talk a bit about the real-life history of 112 Ocean Avenue, pig monsters, falling off of bikes, spaghetti, and ending chapters with exclamation points. This week’s show is brought to you in part by the fine folks at Squarespace.

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Episode 139 - Ghost Train (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 12, 2015


Spooktober rolls along with another Choose Your Own Adventure: Louise Munro Foley's Ghost Train. We make some dubious choices in this week's episode: spending a summer in Canada, fighting corporate greed, discussing cat literature, and getting to the bottom of who's sabotaging the orchards! This week's adventure is brought to you by Blue Apron.

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Episode 138 - Bunnicula

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 05, 2015


This week is the start of Overdue’s second-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary books that will get you in the mood for Halloween! Our first book, brought to us by special guest host Kathryn VanArendonk, is about James and Deborah Howe’s Bunnicula. Kathryn could never finish this one as a kid, but she braved it as an adult so she could tell you about all the weird stuff that happens in it. A cat reads books. A bunny sucks the juice out of vegetables. And oh yeah, it was written by a dog.

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Episode 137 - The Martian (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Oct 01, 2015


Andy Weir's The Martian is about a man who gets trapped on Mars. It's about all of the actually plausible-sounding science he uses to get himself out of one scrape after another. It's about the efforts of people back on Earth to get him home. It's about (we suppose) triumph in the face of adversity, and the innate goodness of humanity. In this case, what hurts the book the most is what it isn't: it isn't a particularly interesting character study, since the wisecracking astronaut Mark Watney seems to sail over every obstacle the red planet throws at him without much physical or psychological damage. It isn't a treatise on solitude (Watney rarely seems particularly affected by his loneliness in any lasting way) or on the darker side of human nature (there are no adversaries aside from Mars itself). What's here is a breezy read that's got some entertainment value, but it doesn't have quite the impact it could have had, which is a shame.

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Episode 136 - LOTR: The Return of the King

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 28, 2015


It is time to ascend Mount Doom and end our time in Middle-Earth with Tolkien's The Return of the King. Many goodbyes are said; scores are settled; and brains are filled with dense volumes of poetry and lore. Other talking points include birthday songs and copyright law, King Charlie Brown, the breaking of oaths, and High Fantasy football.

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Episode 135 - LOTR: The Two Towers

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


This week we continue the Lord of the Rings saga with The Two Towers, a book that moves beyond Fellowship’s table-setting and dives right into the action. We spend time talking about why this book is more satisfying than the first as a standalone volume, and why the first book serves better as the first book of three than as its own story. We also spend quite a bit of this episode talking about the mixed listener reaction to the Fellowship episode, about the way Tolkien treats “mythical” creatures within his own mythical world, and a little about just why Sam Gamgee is the best.

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Episode 134 - LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


Join us for the second installment in our four-part journey down to Mordor with J.R.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings series. Craig's sister Jillian remains in the fellowship for a Family Size episode on The Fellowship of the Ring. Talking points include elven paradises, stranger danger, bath time songs, and the difference between dipping and bouncing.

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Ep 133 - Go Set a Watchman (Live from Philadelphia)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 07, 2015


Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of American literature, and for good reason. The follow-up-slash-first-draft, Go Set a Watchman, doesn't have the same impact, but it's a fascinating look at how books change during the editing process. This show was recorded live in Philadelphia, PA. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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Episode 132 - 1984 (Bonus episode)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


There's a reason why words like "Orwellian" and "thoughtcrime" have stuck in the public consciousness for more than 65 years, and that reason is George Orwell's 1984. A denser, more complex read than Orwell's also-famous Animal Farm, 1984 is a story about systemic government oppression and the dark side of humanity. We lighten up the proceedings a bit with talk about not one but TWO Hank Williams Jr. songs, the wonders of modern technology, and criticism of criticism of criticism.

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Episode 131 - The Hobbit

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 31, 2015


This is the first entry in our four-part journey down the J.R.R. Tolkien rabbit hole that so many of you wanted us to journey down. Andrew and Craig have both already read The Hobbit, the shorter, lighter prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so Craig's sister Jillian joins us for the ride. Join us for a talk about Tolkien, bedazzled dragons, and one weird trick that giant spiders will HATE.

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Episode 130 - All The King's Men

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


Robert Penn Warren's 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the King's Men has been called "uneven as a corduroy road," "sloppy," and "one of American literature's definitive political novels." That all seems accurate when you consider that it's a 600-page melange of detective work, City Hall intrigue, and philosophizing about the fallibility of man. Join us this week for a discussion of headgums and selling out, movie-burping, New Criticism, meat axes, Huey Long, and the bummer that is American politics.

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Episode 129 - The Daughter of Time

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 17, 2015


Not all mystery novels are about stolen jewels, secret passageways, and shifty butlers. Sometimes, they're just about a man in a hospital bed who becomes obsessed with Richard III. Joining us this week is special guest Lauren Spohrer of the true crime podcast Criminal, who takes us through Josephine Tey's renowned mystery The Daughter of Time Other talking points include how winners write history, the dos and don'ts of detective work, the Society of Richard III, and a Very Private Person.

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Episode 128 - Then We Came To The End

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 10, 2015


If you've ever worked in an office, at least a passage or two in Joshua Ferris' Then We Came To The End is going to resonate with you. Few books so accurately capture the extremely important, unimportant minutiae of office life. Join us for our office ruminations, some fall follies, and some email-related observations. It's just as fun as it sounds!

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Episode 127: Ethan Frome

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 03, 2015


One of Edith Wharton's few stories set outside the realm of the American upper class, Ethan Frome is a story about a Massachusetts farmer trying to live out his heart-dreams. Join us for a discussion of his totally-not-okay heart dreams, Andrew's cat Newman, ghosts, makeup, Seinfeld, and pickle dishes. (That list makes it sound like we didn't talk about the book, but we totally did. We promise.)

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Episode 126: My Side of the Mountain

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


We go out in the wilderness for this month's bonus episode, living off the land and making friends with animals and playing homemade flutes with our new bestest buddy Bando. We also talk about our secrets, the ways an adult should respond when presented with a 12-year-old who appears to be homeless, and a whole lot more.

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Episode 125 - Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


Coming-of-age novels are a dime a dozen, but Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is one of the best known. It's such a significant work that we invited our pal Margaret H. Willison back to help us through it—she is, obviously, an expert on all things Margaret. This week we talk about our changing bodies, running for no reason, and some truly horrifying bra shopping experiences. Enjoy!

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Episode 124: Wit

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 20, 2015


Margaret Edson's rewarding play Wit (sometimes spelled W;t) is not light, boulevard comedy fare. Inspired by Edson's time in a Washington, D.C. research hospital, the play tackles death from a number of angles including cancer treatments and 17th-century poetry. But what makes it such an enduring entry into the modern canon is how Edson handles these subjects with surprising humor and, well, wit. (Sorry.)  Discussion points include legacy, favorite teachers from our childhood, and what we lose as we fight to stay alive.

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Episode 123: Till We Have Faces

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Most people familiar with C.S. Lewis' work will have come to him via the Chronicles of Narnia, a series of fantasy books that's defined for better or worse by its heavy-handed Biblical allegory. Till We Have Faces, Lewis' last novel, certainly deals with some of the same themes. But it's also a retelling of the classic Cupid and Psyche myth that originally appeared in Apuleius' The Golden Ass in the late 2nd century.  Join us as we talk about the myth retold, Lewis' Christian roots, and what happens when Heaven and Hell host the Olympics.  

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Episode 122: To the Lighthouse

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 06, 2015


Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is a modernist classic. Rich in lyrical prose and unrelenting streams of conciousness, Lighthouse set a standard for peering into characters' heads and hearts and relaying the contents back to the reader. It also closely mirrors portions of Woolf's life - particularly her summers in St. Ives and the devastating loss of her mother at a young age. Discussion points this week include bag shoes, second helpings of soup, and the difficulties of conveying via podcast this book's lasting appeal. 

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Episode 121: Space Vampire (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jun 30, 2015


YOU: An intrepid spaceboy, graduating at the top of your class at Space Academy. YOUR MISSION: Find and destroy the evil space vampire at any cost! Our fourth Choose Your Own Adventure outing takes us into deep space and beyond—join us as we hijack advanced spacecraft, evade arrest, and drift through the vast inky void of space. Will we catch that nefarious SPACE VAMPIRE? There's only one way to find out!

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Episode 120: A Boy and His Dog

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Harlan Ellison is a man whose reputation precedes him. His long and storied career as a sci-fi and speculative fiction writer is peppered with curmudgeonly diatribes and public incidents, many as interesting as the best of the thousand or so stories he churned out across books, television and film. His classic story A Boy and His Dog takes quite a dim view of a post-WW3 apocalypse, so buckle up for another week spent discussing the depth's of humanity's depravity.  In an attempt to lighten the mood, we also talk about dog literacy and allow Andrew's cat Newman to make a cameo.

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Episode 119: Across a Hundred Mountains

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 22, 2015


What would you do for a better life? Where would you go? Who would you leave behind? And what does "better" mean, anyway? Reyna Grande poses these questions with great poise and power in her debut novel, Across a Hundred Mountains. This week, we talk border crossings, panda bears, Chicana feminism, and the ingenuity of Days of Our Lives.

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Episode 118: Blood Meridian

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


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. $7.83

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Episode 117: Outlander

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 08, 2015


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.

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Episode 116: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Hey, jabronis!This week we finally read our first Bront? book, thanks to one of our Patreon supporters! Anne Bront?'s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is considered to be "one of the first sustained feminist books," and though many of the sensibilities of early-to-mid-19th-century England are present here, we see the typical marriage and courtship rituals through a darker lens.Contemporary readers were scandalized by the things this book depicted, including but not limited to (1) a woman leaving a man and (2) a man being a loutish alcoholic and cheating on his wife. Join us for a discussion of all that plus some tips on safe high-fiving. $3.95

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Episode 115: Everything and Nothing

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, May 26, 2015


Craig tackles Jorge Luis Borges this week, and what results is a pile of conversations about fake novels and encyclopedias, WIkipedia hoaxes, the way that reviews work, and thoughts on which fast food franchises make the best (and worst) road trips. $7.53

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Episode 114: Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Borrowers

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Wed, May 20, 2015


This is our first monthly bonus episode, brought to you by our supporters on Patreon! If you want these shows one week earlier than everyone else, visit patreon.com/overduepod for details.It's Children's Book Week again, and just like last year we're using it as an excuse to read things that Lil' Craig and Lil' Andrew never got around to reading.  Craig reads Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater, a story of a negligent husband and father who lets penguins into his house. Andrew read The Borrowers, the tale of teeny tiny people who swipe things they don't think you'll miss when you aren't looking. Kids' books can take you to some weird places. $5.71 $6.00

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Episode 113: Bad Feminist

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 18, 2015


Why do we let the messy implications of our beliefs keep us from shouting them the rooftops?Why is it difficult for a movement like feminism to be both strong and inclusive?Why don't chickens feature more prominently in the Nativity?Friend of the show Katherine Fritz joins us this week to answer these questions and discuss Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist. This 2014 bestseller features selected essays from throughout Gay's career, which includes pieces on The Help, the Internet outrage cycle, and the need for more diverse voices. $9.99

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Episode 112: How Not To Write A Novel

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 11, 2015


At this point we've read a lot of novels, but we haven't tried to write our own just yet. Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman's 2008 anti-guidebook How Not To Write A Novel has shown us a lot of the stuff we should try to avoid if we ever decide to put pen to paper.We also devote a substantial chunk of this week's episode to listener mail from our Looking for Alaska episode, specifically responses to our questions about why people read young adult fiction well into regular adulthood. $13.52

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Episode 111: Sabriel

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 04, 2015


$8.71 Garth Nix may sound like the name of a country music superstar, but he's actually just the humble, award-winning author behind several fantasy series. This week's book, Sabriel, debuted in 1995 as the first entry in Nix's Old Kingdom series, and the novel remains notable for its lead character, its unique take on magic, and the small (for a fantasy novel) cast of characters.Special guest Giaco Furino returns to the show this week, sharing with Andrew and Craig his thoughts on the Redundancy of Michael Crichton, magical vo-tech school, and talking bananas.

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Episode 110: Looking for Alaska

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 27, 2015


John Green's Looking for Alaska is another young adult coming-of-age novel in a long tradition of young adult coming-of-age novels. A young man goes away to school and becomes close with a small group of friends. They smoke, they drink, they have sexual experiences, they lose, they mourn.It's nothing that hasn't been done, but Green's light tone and deeper thematic questions make Alaska worth reading whether you're still a young adult or not. Join us for more thoughts on this book, as well as the great Central Air Conditioning vs. Dishwasher debate of 2015. $5.38

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Episode 109: The Girl Next Door

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door is not for the faint of heart. The story is based on the grisly murder of Sylvia Likens by her de facto guardian in the 1960s. What preceded her death is too reprehensible to print here, but Ketchum dives headlong into the awful, determined to suss out the causes (and bounds) of human evil.Suffice to say, this makes for a difficult discussion on-air, and we spend nearly half the show trying not to talk about the rougher aspects of the book. So please join us for a discussion of phishing, safewords from the future, childhood games, and the parts of The Girl Next Door that made Craig feel terrible.Caveat lictor: This episode contains explicit language and discussion of graphic material.

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Episode 108 - Little House on the Prairie

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 13, 2015


One of the reasons we read is because books can give us perspective—good ones can fully transport us to times and places where we've never been and, in some cases, could never go. That's the case with Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, stories she wrote about her childhood on the American frontier.These books aren't without their problems (there are fairly significant questions about authorship and racism is sort of everywhere), but they're worth reading because of how completely they immerse you in the lives of their protagonists. Join us and special guest Margaret H. Willison as we talk about one of the best-known titles in the series. $6.99

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Episode 107: A Farewell to Arms

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Apr 07, 2015


Ernest Hemingway is celebrated for the economy of his prose.This week we read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

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Episode 106: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Mar 31, 2015


$7.19 Rejected a world record 121 times before finally finding a publisher and going on to sell millions of copies, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of the most widely read philosophy texts of the 20th-century.Robert Pirsig's semi-autobiographical, semi-fictional account of a motorcycle road trip with his son covers a lot of ground. America's psyche in the fifties and sixties; our fascination with and fear of modern technology; the age-old quest to unify the world around us: Pirsig crams it all onto one motorcycle ridden by one man. It should then be no surprise that we get a little lost in this one. So please bear with us as we fail to ask for directions and are forced to stop and check the fuel gauge/pistons/tappets/[insert motorcycle part here] more than a few times along the way.

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Episode 105: The Sparrow

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Mar 24, 2015


We're back to sci-fi this week, but we take a break from the politics-heavy universe of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow instead uses science fiction to discuss anthropology, colonialism, and theology. There's some genuinely funny and warm stuff in this book, but there's a shadow hanging over the proceedings from the outset: eight people set out to explore the first known alien planet inhabited by sentient life, but only one comes back, and he's much worse for the wear. $9.61

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Episode 104: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 16, 2015


$12.81 John Ford's 1620s revenge drama 'Tis Pity She's A Whore has everything: friars, murder, bawdy jokes, bawdy suitors, incest -- incest?! What's that doing there?, you might say. And such has been the reaction from nigh on four centuries of critics and audiences confused by how romantically (and tragically) Ford depicted a brother and sister's love.Never ones to stay wholly on topic, we also discuss March holidays, snow melancholy, and hitting up celebrities for college tuition.

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Episode 103: Foundation

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


$7.19 Celebrated science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote a lot in the 20th century: short stories, screenplays, books on pop science, books on hard science, essays on Shakespeare, essays on history and physics -- name a medium, he dabbled in it.But among all of Asimov's bibliography, the Foundation stands apart. This trilogy (later a quintet and then a septet) examined hard sci-fi issues like societal evolution and the collapse of civilizations on a galactic scale. And it all began with the stories Asimov originally collected as Foundation.

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Episode 102: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 02, 2015


$11.84 Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the most widely-read books in American literature. It's so entrenched in the modern canon that it's hard to believe Hurston fell into obscurity later in her career.But thanks to writer Alice Walker, Hurston's work was revived in the 1970s, and with good reason. Their Eyes is a fascinating portrait of a black woman's life at the dawn of the 20th century.Also discussed this week: spectacular entrances, the bees and the trees, and plans for dying authors. 

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Episode 101: The Man in the High Castle

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Feb 24, 2015


Our odometer has rolled over, but the show's the same: this week we take you through the alternate history presented by Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle.The basic question: what would happen if the Axis powers had won World War II? The sub-questions: what is real? Is it our reality, or the reality in this book, or the reality in the book in this book? We tackle those questions, our caffeine deficiencies, and more! $8.09

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Episode 100: Fifty Shades Darker

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 16, 2015


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. $8.96 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/

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Episode 099: Six Characters in Search of an Author

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Luigi Pirandello's most notable contribution to the Western canon is a play about six characters come to life, intruding on a theater rehearsal in search of - get this - an author.Please join us as we grapple with the metaphysical implications of Six Characters in Search of An Author, recycle Seinfeld jokes, compose a musical extempore, and take a lesson from Craig's acting class. $2.25

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Episode 098: Secret of the Ninja (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


We dip back into the Choose Your Own Adventure well this week to read Jay Leibold's Secret of the Ninja, a harrowing tale about dojo and time travel and enchanted swords. Or something.So jump on in the passenger seat! Come for the adventures, stay for the ridiculous voices. $5.99

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Episode 097: Batman: The Long Halloween

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 26, 2015


$12.83 Set in the early years of Bruce Wayne's Batmanhood, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman: The Long Halloween chronicles a murderous year in Gotham City. The mysterious Holiday killer is instigating and exacerbating an all-out mob war, and the criminals controlling Batman's town unleash a rogue's gallery of costumed "freaks" in response.This week we talk about the best ways to dive into a superhero's back catalog, the relationship between Greek myths and comic books, failed elevator pitches with Mr. Bob Podcast, and Daddy's dictaphone.Caveat lictor: The Long Halloween's legacy includes a major reveal of the Holiday killer's identity, which factors heavily into the latter part of our discussion.

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Episode 096: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 19, 2015


It's not October anymore, but we've gone back to the spooky story well this week to read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Unlike The Martian Chronicles, the Bradbury book we read back in Episode 28, Wicked is a single coherent story, and it's about what happens when a mysterious and vaguely menacing carnival rolls into town.Join us for a discussion of aging, father-son relationships, Boy Meets World, and why Andrew has sworn off making fun of people who tweet about sports. $7.19

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Episode 095: Moby-Dick

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 12, 2015


$9.96 At last, we've caught our White Whale!Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, a Leviathan of the American literary canon, chronicles the journey of the Pequod, a whaling ship helmed by the fanatical Captain Ahab. Narrated by Ishmael (of the infamous "Call me" opening line), Moby-Dick straddles the lines between fact and fiction, adventure and essay -- all the while never abandoning the hunt of ol' Moby.Join us this week as we discuss the particulars of the American Limerick Renaissance, childhood mishaps, commissions (of the ship and sub variety), "shipping", and the wonders of spermaceti.

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Episode 094: The Secret History

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jan 05, 2015


$9.01 Donna Tartt, a recent recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Goldfinch, broke onto the literary scene over twenty years ago with her debut novel The Secret History.Set at a small Vermont college not unlike Tartt's alma mater, The Secret History explores how a singular tragedy forever defines the lives of six Classics students. Tune in as we discuss Bacchanalian rites, persona curation in the age of social media, dramatic irony in "whydunits", and 2015: The Year of the Fishman.

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Episode 093: Lolita

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Wed, Dec 31, 2014


Usually books try to make you root for the protagonist. Even if he or she is flawed in some crucial way, most stories try to make you feel something for the person whose mind you're inhabiting. That is not the case in Vladmir Nabokov's Lolita.This week we share with you an uncomfortable discussion about how it feels to read a book told from the perspective of an unrepentant pedophile—how do you feel about him? How do we feel about him? How does he feel about him? The difficult subject matter is just one of the things that has earned Lolita its place in the literary canon. $9.57

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Episode 092: A Kidnapped Santa Claus/Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


What're the holidays without children's stories? Every year, families gather around their yule rocks and Festivus poles to hear their favorite tales of holidays past -- which means it's rare that anyone discovers a new seasonal story.Enter L. Frank Baum's A Kidnapped Santa Claus and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman. One's a fairy tale about saving Christmas from a bunch of Daemons, the other's about saving Hanukkah from a bunch of Goblins. So...similarities.Save the holidays with us as we discuss Banta Claus, trolling goblins, and hilarious Hershel of Ostropol. $2.61 $7.56

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Episode 091: In Cold Blood

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 16, 2014


Truman Capote's Capote's "non-fiction novel" In Cold Blood chronicles the mass murder of a family in rural Kansas by two runaway parolees. inspired by a 300-word newspaper article, it basically created the "true crime" genre, making it the grandpappy to the zeitgeist-conquering podcast Serial. Often times chilling, moving, and morbidly fascinating, In Cold Blood dances back and forth over the line between being a compelling narrative and being exploitative. It seems worth asking what it means to "enjoy" a story like this. And what role does the author play in its telling?Also covered on this episode: Pop-pops, teens, Quebec separatism, and child-proof locks. $10.09

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Episode 090: Lonesome Dove

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 09, 2014


We hope you like awesome horses and sobbing cowboys, because this week special guest host Casey Johnston is walking us through Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.It's a kind-of-subversive western that blends cowboy archetypes with some Grapes of Wrath-ish wandering. We also talk about the freelancing life, and what happens when you read books because you saw them in your dad's car. $11.23

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Episode 089: The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Dec 01, 2014


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 misunderstand about Canada. Also on the docket: sexy John Adams, the LongPen, and analogies about Lost. $9.99

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Episode 088: Animal Farm

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Nov 25, 2014


Old Man Stalin Had A Farm...E-I-E-I-O....What happens when you mix the Russian Revolution with a bunch of farm animals and (more than a dash) of dystopian bummers? George Orwell's Animal Farm! Come listen to us learn the joys of rewriting history, selling your friends for whisky money, and holding whips in your trotters. $5.09

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Episode 087: Gone Girl

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 17, 2014


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. $9.00

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Episode 086: Summerland

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Nov 11, 2014


Michael Chabon is no stranger to genre fiction. He has a Lovecraftesque alter ego. He's written essays decrying navel-gazing trends in the short story world. His Pulitzer Prize-winning The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay tackled its larger themes through the lens of two comic book writers.So it should come as no surprise that in the early 2000s, Chabon took a stab at young adult fantasy with Summerland, a sprawling tale that mixes American folklore, Norse myth, and baseball.Listen on as Craig attempts to convey his enthusiasm for the book, Andrew attempts to name baseball heroes, and both of us attempt to (mis)pronounce Michael Chabon's name.

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Episode 085: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Nov 04, 2014


$15.57 Haruki Murakami is a giant of contemporary literature, particularly in his native Japan. However, his books are often rife with references to Western culture - in fact, one of his breakout novels was named after the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. His first-person style marries the fantastic with the private, the epic with the intimate, and his latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki... is no exception.At least that's what our friend Chris says. Andrew's out this week, so we invited Chris on the show, and he brought with him Murakami's most recent novel. We don't normally cover books this new, but Murakami's been on our list for a while so we decided to tackle it anyway. Little did we know that asking Chris to talk about Murakami meant learning a lot more about the Wu-Tang Clan than we ever expected on Overdue.Caveat Lictor: Chris reveals a substantial spoiler around the 37 minute mark. Nothing you won't discover a third of the way through the novel, but we thought you might want to know.

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Episode 084: You Are A Monster (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 28, 2014


Spooktober comes to a close with yet another Choose Your Own Adventure story: Edward Packard's You Are A Monster. If you missed our previous CYA episode, do check it out. We cover the series' inception, as well as discuss its legacy a bit. This week it's all choices, all the time...or so we hoped. Caveat lictor: the audio quality's not up to our usual standard this week. Technical difficulties (boo!) and Andrew's wedding (hooray!) meant that we had to publish the show as is lest we leave you all in the lurch. Spooktober comes to a close with yet another Choose Your Own Adventure story: Edward Packard's You Are A Monster. If you missed our previous CYA episode, do check it out. We cover the series' inception, as well as discuss its legacy a bit. This week it's all choices, all the time...or so we hoped.Caveat lictor: the audio quality's not up to our usual standard this week. Technical difficulties (boo!) and Andrew's wedding (hooray!) meant that we had to publish the show as is lest we leave you all in the lurch. 

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Episode 083: The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 21, 2014


Spooktober rolls on with this week's story, an Anne Rice novel that's about spooky mummies and the women who love them. For real, though, people in this book have sex with reanimated immortal sexy mummies.And that's not all! The downright Austenian cast of characters has many more adventures in between the mummy sex, and despite being a bit overlong the book at least spins a fairly compelling yarn.  $7.19

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Episode 082: At the Mountains of Madness

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 13, 2014


If you've ever heard of a Cthulu, read about the Necronomicon, or been creeped out by sleepy towns in New England, you likely have H.P. Lovecraft to thanks.At the Mountains of Madness (1935), a tale of an Antarctic expedition gone wrong, fits squarely into two literary genres Lovecraft helped to define: cosmicism and weird fiction. Man is rendered insignificant by the ancient forces of the cosmos, and supernatural beings that are neither ghosts nor aliens abound.Suffice to say, things might get a little spooky this week!  $5.18

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Episode 081: Rosemary's Baby

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Our spooky October (Spooktober?) continues this week with Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, a book about broken trust and creepy new neighbors and Satan babies and a bunch of other stuff. It's a laugh a minute! This book (and the successful film based on it) serves as a predecessor to just about every horror film where a happy young family moves into a new house only to discover that it's haunted, or where a woman marries a new guy only to find that he's actually a crazy killer, or where kids start acting all devilish and creepy. So thanks for that, Ira. $12.76

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Episode 080: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Sep 30, 2014


$6.29 Washington Irving - aka Jonathan Oldstyle, Abner Knickerbocker or Geoffrey Crayon - is widely regarded as the First American writer. Born just after the Revolutionary War, he broke ground as a satirist in the early 1800s before moving to England (ironically enough) and gaining international recognition as a teller of tales.You may have heard of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Tarry Town, pumpkins: these likely ring a bell. But did you know that Ichabod loved eating? Or that the mothers of Tarry Town loved Ichabod's ghost stories? And how many ghosts do you think there are in this American myth? Tune in to find out!

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Episode 079: The Homecoming

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Wed, Sep 24, 2014


The stuff in these show notes is just as important as the stuff that isn't in these show notes. At least, that would be the case if they were written by Harold Pinter. Andrew wasn't quite on board with Pinter's classic The Homecoming, but he was coming around a little bit by the end. $11.71

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Episode 078: The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure)

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 15, 2014


We're trying something a little different this week on Overdue. To hear more, turn to page 44. To go back, turn to page 56.OK, this episode listing doesn't actually have branching paths based on page numbers, but this week's episode does! We both decided to navigate through Edward Packard's The Mystery of Chimney Rock on-air this week, and in doing so we encountered some scary cats, old ladies with metal claw-hands, and fat-faced groundskeepers. Will we make it out alive, or will we fall prey to the curse of Chimney Rock??

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Episode 077: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 08, 2014


$10.04 Safecracker, prankster, bongo drummer, painter, teacher. Richard Feynman was many things in addition to being a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and he seemed to enjoy the incongruities of his varied interests.His collection of anecdotes Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! chronicles some of these pursuits, while also shedding light on Feynman's years at Los Alamos working on the atomic bomb in the company of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr and others.Join us this week to find out how a man goes from illuminating the behavior of subatomic particles to spending his free time in California banging on the bongo and sketching nude models. 

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Episode 076: This Is How You Lose Her

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Sep 02, 2014


This week's story, This Is How You Lose Her, is a loosely connected collection of short stories that blurs the line between protagonist and author. Junot Diaz's upbringing and personal history are clearly related to that of Yunior, the character the book spends the most time with. But how much of Diaz is in Yunior, and how does that affect the way we feel about them both?Also on the docket: back-to-school, some talk about how your gender may affect how you come at this book, and lots of other diversions. Enjoy! $11.10

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Episode 075: The Hairy Ape

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 25, 2014


"I'm a hairy ape, get me? And I'll bust youse in de jaw if you don't lay off kiddin' me."When Eugene O'Neill wants to get his point across, he leaves nothing to chance. In his 1922 work of expressionist theatre, The Hairy Ape, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner spells out exactly how you're supposed to feel about the dehumanizing effects of Capitalism and industry. Men resemble gorillas, crowd after crowd spurn individuals, and a chilling ending leaves us wondering where any of us belong.Join us as we talk about O'Neill's family life, butcher some key facts about his life, and take a trip to the monkey house. $8.99

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Episode 074: Orange Is The New Black

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 18, 2014


There's a fair chance that you're familiar with Piper Kerman's Orange Is The New Black through the award-winning Netflix drama. This week we wanted to go to the source material and read the original memoir, not just to compare and contrast the book and the show but so we could separate fact from fiction and learn more about what's really going on in women's prisons.Like the show, the book is sometimes funny, often sad, and occasionally bleak. Kerman's stance against mandatory minimum sentencing—an aspect of the justice system that makes even first-time drug offenders do hard time—and the waste inherent to America's massive prison system is often more eye-opening than the heightened drama presented on the show. Even though Piper has an extensive support network and a "normal" life waiting for her when her sentence is not, many of these women do not. $9.48

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Episode 073: Portnoy's Complaint

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Aug 12, 2014


$10.23 Things get a little hot and heavy on this week's episode dedicated to Philip Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint. We do, however, start off with some reactions to our Pride and Prejudice episode before diving headlong into the mishmash of sex, psychoanalysis, and American Jewish life that is Portnoy and his titular complaint.Caveat Lector: This book necessitated discussing some rather graphic subject matter, so we decided to slap the "Explicit" tag on the episode. Not only did this mean talking about a few choice scenes in detail, it also means we're a bit freer with language than we are on a regular basis. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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Episode 072: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Aug 05, 2014


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).

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Episode 071: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 29, 2014


$7.19 Go Tell It on the Mountain, the first novel by revered American author and essayist James Baldwin tackles a whole host of serious issues ranging from slavery to the Great Migration, religion to racism, and Southern oppression to broken Northern promises.Naturally, we break up our earnest discussion of these weighty subjects with frequent admissions of our own perpetual ignorance, as well as a few tangents on Very Important Topics such as Orange is the New Black, erotic wrestling, Wilson from Home Improvement, and the age old question: Kirk or Picard?

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Episode 070: Girl With a Pearl Earring

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 22, 2014


This week's book, Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring, is historical fiction that purports to tell the story of the painting of the same name. If that's not a good elevator pitch for a book, we haven't heard one.Join us for a discussion of art and artists, historically accurate historical fiction, and what happens when you take the sex scenes out of romance novels. We also kick the show off with a discussion of Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited and its possibly negative effects on self-published authors—this CNet article describes the issue in more detail. $8.70

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Episode 069: The Reader

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


$12.46 Bernhard Schlink's The Reader was published just five years after the reunification of Germany, and the ways in which it explores the country's troubled history were quite verboten while the wall still stood.A young man falls in love with an older woman, a woman with a number of secrets, and their tempestuous relationship becomes an allegory for Germany's relationship with itself - with its history, its people, and its uncertain future.Join as we admit our lack of German book-learnin', discuss the ethical quandaries that arose after the Holocaust, and ask the toughest relationship questions Schlink has to offer.

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Episode 068: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 07, 2014


Robin Sloan's debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, tackles the literary world's imminent digital future with an adventure tale that Andrew describes as "like a Dan Brown book but good."Through the eyes of a recently unemployed college graduate, Sloan shows us a world where Googlers and ancient cryptographers race to discover a centuries-old secret. It's a world where data visualization is sexy, search engines are evil all-powerful, and Aldus Manutius is on the tip of everyone's tongue.Join us for a show brimming with puns, Andrew's misgivings about Google, and more nerdy sleuthing than you can shake a ruler at. $8.52

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Episode 067: Bossypants

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 01, 2014


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. $9.00

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Episode 066: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jun 24, 2014


$11.69 Agatha Christie is the owner of numerous superlatives: best-selling novelist, influential mystery writer, criminally successful playwright. Also, did we mention she's a dame?Her novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, written in the 1930s, endures not only for its fanciful cast of characters (including the lovable detective Hercule Poirot) but also for its subversion of the murder mystery genre. In short: read this one.We spoil the heck out of this one's ending. Discussion of the book requires it. You've been warned!

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Episode 065: The Marriage Plot

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jun 17, 2014


More than a year after reading Middlesex for episode 12, this week we return to Jeffrey Eugenides' oeuvre to check out 2011's The Marriage Plot.It's a more focused, less-sprawling book than Middlesex, but as in his previous book Eugenides spends a lot of time here talking about growing up with a difficult condition. Intentional or not, there's also some subtle sexism here that we try to walk ourselves through—it's complicated by both authorial intent and the time the book is set (the early 1980s), but it's still a talk worth having in light of recent events. $12.42

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Episode 064: Big Blonde and Here We Are

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


$14.63 Dorothy Parker was a prolific Jazz Age writer who rose to prominence during her days as a member of the Algonquin Round Table - a group of writers, critics and actors who liked to spend lunch cracking wise and practically joking. A celebrated poet, Parker also churned out dozens of short stories, earning herself an O. Henry Short Story Prize for "Big Blonde" which we discuss on today's show. We also cover her biting portrait of newlyweds "Here We Are," the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, and how babies are not to be trusted with anything.

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Episode 063: King Lear

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


William Shakespeare's reputation is basically secure at this point. He was hugely influential, his works are widely studied, and although he's over 400 years old he remains a part of the liberal arts canon to this day. That doesn't necessarily mean that his works are easy to parse. This week, we stumble a bit through the epic tragedy King Lear, a play that has all the hallmarks of a Shakespearian tragedy—death, madness, people running around in disguise—but a big cast of characters that isn't easy to keep track of if you're a Shakespeare newbie. $8.88

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Episode 062: The Giver

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 26, 2014


$4.36 Lois Lowry's The Giver imagines a world without color, without hills, without difference and most importantly without memory. Winner of the 1994 Newberry Award, The Giver shares thematic DNA with classic "Kid Who Is More Special Than Anyone Else Ever" literature like The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Harry Potter.So naturally we take a big old swing at Quidditch. Other targets of our (perhaps misplaced ire) include Nebraska, bachelor weekends, and dreams.

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Episode 061: The Lorax/Oh the Places You'll Go!

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 19, 2014


In honor of Children's Book Week, we each decided to read a Dr. Seuss book for this episode—that's right, Andrew had somehow managed to avoid the Lorax, and Craig knew nothing about the Places He'll Go. Seuss himself is a fascinating guy, a prolific and long-lived artist who put a lot of good into the world but was by no means perfect. In some ways he's a product of his time, even if his work is timeless. Also on tap: old Subway ads, a couple of The Wire references because Craig is finally watching The Wire, and a discussion of the latest rash of Hop on Pop-inspired violence. $11.22 $8.44

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Episode 060: Watchmen

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 12, 2014


What if superheroes were real? Would we still revere them so much? Or would they be too frightening for us to handle, too unstable for us to control?What if they didn't want to save us?These are the questions that kick off Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, a classic revered by comic fans for its deconstruction of superhero imagery, its compelling Cold War conspiracies, and its engrossing art and characters. Join us this week as we debate "comic" vs. "graphical novel," gripe about origin stories, and outright spoil the end of Watchmen.** No seriously, we talk about the end of this one explicitly from roughly 50:00 to 1:01:30. As always, caveat lector. $11.29

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Episode 059: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, May 06, 2014


Mark Twain is an incredibly prolific, incredibly distinctive author. This week's read is just a short story and it's one of Twain's first major successes, but it manages to convey why he remains vital over 100 years after his death. It's great for a few laughs, too. $4.28

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Episode 058: The Passage

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Apr 29, 2014


Justin Cronin got his start publishing quiet but moving "literary" fiction. In 2010, he blew up North America (in a manner of speaking) with his post-apocalyptic don't-call-them-vampires "genre" novel The Passage.We can't hope to cover every plot point or character in Cronin's 766-page genre epic, but we try to at least touch on a few reasons for its mainstream appeal: rich characters, an unrelenting plot, and lots of sweet jargon. $4.83

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Episode 057: Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Tell the Wolves I'm Home, author Carol Rifka Brunt's first novel, is multi-faceted: it's about different kinds of love. It's about siblinghood, and growing up. It's about the early stages of the AIDS epidemic in the US. There's a lot going on here, to which we add the requisite discussion about pizza-making, podcasting, and how actors remember all those lines. $12.18

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Episode 056: The Misanthrope

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 14, 2014


$11.53 Moliere's The Misanthrope is a three-and-a-half centuries old play about something as old as time: dishing on your people behind their back. It's also full of great zingers about man's duplicitous nature, all written by a guy who loved theater so much he ended up nearly dying onstage in his final performance.Join us as Richard Wilbur's delightful translation makes us laugh out loud, as we butcher French, Italian, and any other language we can get our hands on, and as Andrew shares his disconcertingly assured plans for Craig's eventual demise. 

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Episode 055: To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Apr 08, 2014


A true classic, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books we should have read years ago. For the two of you who aren't familiar, it's a story about a lot of things: the trial of an innocent black man; growing up in small-town Alabama during the Depression; and growing up. It's made all the more interesting by Lee herself, who to date has never written another novel. $4.99

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Episode 054: In the Woods

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 31, 2014


$9.17 Why do we keep trying to solve murders in small towns? What is it like for an American author to set a story in a sleepy Irish suburb? Will our amnesiac protagonists ever regain this memory? What's the best way to interrogate a suspect?We try to solve these mysteries and more on this week's episode as we discuss Tana French's award-winning crime novel In the Woods.

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Episode 053: The Yellow Wallpaper/The Lottery

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Mar 25, 2014


We double-dip a bit in this week's show, reading two short stories and proving that you don't have to have a ton of time to read something thought-provoking. The theme is "female authors writing about controversial-at-the-time ideas," and the stories are The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.One is about a misdiagnosed "hysterical" woman slowly going insane through lack of mental stimulation, one is about a seemingly innocuous small town that is slavishly devoted to its own traditions. Both remain subversive and retain their impact even today.Oh yeah and we also talk about which grocery store animal mascot would win in a fight. $5.69 $12.41

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Episode 052: Extra Innings

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 17, 2014


$11.20 It's almost baseball season! And what better way to celebrate America's (former) pastime than to document the annual occurrence of Craig forcing Andrew to tolerate his love of baseball?Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers is an in-depth, statistics-focused look at today's game from the folks at Baseball Prospectus. It's full of trivia, charts and, thankfully, humorous anecdotes that illuminate the tension between the old-school and stat-wonky approaches to the sport.Join us as Andrew trolls everything from anti-vaccers to the World Series, and as I try to rise above it all by playing our new favorite game: "Jazz Singer or Baseball Man." 

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Episode 051: Replay

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Mar 11, 2014


What if you got to/had to live the same 25 years of your life over and over again? Would you try to recreate the life you had lost? Would you game the system and make a whole bunch of money? Would you try to change the course of human history, with sometimes-disastrous results?Those are the questions raised by Ken Grimwood's sci-fi classic Replay, which Andrew read for the show this week. Tangentially related is a conversation about Andrew and Craig's own time traveling, done thanks to the magic of Daylight Saving Time. $11.71

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Episode 050: Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 03, 2014


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. $9.01

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Episode 049: Cat's Cradle

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


What's a granfalloon, you ask? Or a karass? A stuppa? A wampeter? These are all terms from the Bokonon religion, created by Kurt Vonnegut in his 1963 novel Cat's Cradle - a hilarious but depressing satire of scientific and cultural responsibility in the atomic age.Topics for this week's discussion include Donuts versus Bagels, grading your own work the Vonnegut way, the incredible intimacy of feet, and pissants. That's right. Pissants. $11.42

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Episode 048: Dracula

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Feb 18, 2014


Craig and Andrew take a trip to Transylvania this week, facilitated by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Join us for a talk about the evolution of the vampire, the Olympics, and probably a whole bunch of other stuff too. $11.45

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Episode 047: Pygmalion

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Feb 04, 2014


'Ello 'ello! What's all this then?! A discussion of George Bernard Shaw, turn-of-the-century dialects, My Fair Lady and gender politics, ya say? Conversations about whether or not stories should end romantically or with women declaring their independence, ya say? Well, 'Guv, I'm all ears. Cheerio! 

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Episode 046: The Old Man and the Sea

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jan 28, 2014


We return to the Dead White Male canon this week with Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, the gripping tale of an old man who goes out fishing in the sea. The title is maybe a little more literal than some other books we've read.Join us for a discussion of man's place in the circle of life and of Craig's many misfortunes. Just don't come expecting us to talk about the story's religious undertones. $9.57

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Episode 045: The Awakening

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jan 21, 2014


What does it mean to be a woman? We don't know the answer to that question, and it's doubtful we ever will. But reading Kate Chopin's revolutionary novel The Awakening is as close as we'll ever come to understanding the obstacles facing a woman in late 19th-century New Orleans. Censored in its day for its matter-of-fact portrait of a woman stuck in a stifling marriage, The Awakening remains relevant through its insightful exploration of the pursuit of independence. It's also a perfect opportunity to practice mispronouncing French. Join us for a discussion of watery metaphors, rakes and mademoiselles, and more than a few late-game television tangents.

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Episode 044: Mary Poppins

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jan 14, 2014


Have you ever revisited a classic from your childhood only to find a whole pile of weird subtext you've never noticed before? Andrew's never read Mary Poppins, but all he noticed in this children's tale of whimsy and wonder was the bizarre-and-possibly-damaging stuff.Also on tap: chatting about gambling, babysitters, and more. $12.95

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Episode 043: The Raven

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 31, 2013


Nothing screams New Year's like a guy sitting in his study, missing his beloved, wishing an obnoxious, repetitive bird would just leave him the heck alone. Therefore it's only natural that Craig read a classic tale of bird vs. man antagonism. The Raven is arguably Edgar Allen Poe's most famous work, so it's fitting we use it as a springboard to talk about all sorts of Poe-related topics such as New Year's resolutions, Poe's Philosophy of Composition, pentameters and octometers, and James Earl Jones' luxurious voice.

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Episode 042: A Christmas Carol

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 24, 2013


'Tis the season to do seasonally-themed episodes, and so Andrew read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the short story that has been so widely adapted that you know it front-to-back even if you've never come within ten miles of the book itself.Also on the docket: our holiday plans, a brief aside that compares A Christmas Carol to Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day, and our unhealthy relationships with caffeine. $6.29

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Episode 041: Winter's Bone

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 17, 2013


What do you do when your meth-cooking father goes missing in the Missouri Ozarks? Ask your relatives? Go to the cops? Dig for evidence yourself? These are the options facing Ree Dolly, protagonist of Daniel Woodrell's 2006 novel Winter's Bone. Woodrell's described his Ozark-based work as "country noir" - a term we spend a minute or two attempting to define before launching into our discussion of the novel that was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Jennifer Lawrence.  Bear with us as this episode gets started. We clearly needed to talk about Christmas trees, rowdy neighbors, and nine-volt batteries before discussing family and violence in rural America.

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Episode 040: Franny and Zooey

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Dec 10, 2013


Sometimes an author's personality (or legend, even) grows to the point that it's just as interesting as the work they produced. This is certainly true in the case of JD Salinger—the stories that sprang up around the reclusive author threaten to overshadow many of the stories he actually wrote. It doesn't help that he stopped publishing new work 45 years before his death in 2010.Having already read Catcher in the Rye, Andrew this week moved on to Franny and Zooey, a pair of related stories about Salinger's fictitious Glass family. Join us for a discussion of the relationship between artists and art, pizza, and the first big snow of the winter. $6.30

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Episode 039: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 25, 2013


In 1893, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "killed" Sherlock Holmes. Eight years later, the popular detective returned in The Hound of the Baskervilles, much to the delight of Doyle's mother. Why was Doyle unable to abandon his creation? Why have the zany detective and his Everyman sidekick Watson endured for over a century? Maybe we'll answer those questions. At the very least, we'll talk about how nerds have kept the crime-fighting duo alive for new generations to enjoy in print and onscreen. In this week's episode, we'll also discuss the adventures of Sir Arthur "Iggy" Conan Doyle, Professor Challenge, nerd rage, and (last but not least) hellhounds.

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Episode 038: Eddie and the Cruisers

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Nov 18, 2013


Andrew and Craig both come at P.F. Kluge's Eddie and the Cruisers from a unique perspective: Kluge was (and is) writer-in-residence at Kenyon College (their alma mater). They've both had him in class, and Kenyon College looms particularly large in many of Kluge's works.The book itself is part whodunit mystery, part love letter to New Jersey, and part tale of youth gone by. Join us for a discussion of all those things, plus more extensive chatter than usual about the author and his writing style.

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Episode 037: The Unnamable

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Nov 12, 2013


No plot, no characters, no setting. Samuel Beckett's The Unnamable sounds like it's about nothing, but it's more than just the Seinfeld of novels - or so Craig tries to convince Andrew.  Beckett, a Nobel Laureate, is likely best known for Waiting for Godot, a play in which "nothing happens, twice." It stormed the theatre scene in Paris, London, and New York in the 1950s, inspiring a generation of theatregoers and angering countless more. Listen this week to find out which play angered Andrew the most.Join us also for a discussion of Twitter followers, movie previews, and cricketing.  

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Episode 036: Battle Royale

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Nov 05, 2013


Another Hunger Games movie is right around the corner, but you just can't wait. You need to read a heartwarming tale about tweens and teens who are all dropped down on an island by a repressive government and forced to kill each other, and you need to do it now. That's why special guest Suzannah Rosenberg joins Andrew and Craig this week for a discussion of Koushun Takami's Battle Royale. Join us for a discussion of romance, violence, birthdays, and cat whispering.

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Episode 035: No Exit

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 29, 2013


  Hell is sheeple, hot cocoa, interventions, mannequins, French pronunciations, and gin.  Also, hell is other people. Or so wrote Jean-Paul Sartre in his famous existentialist drama No Exit .  Join us this week as we travel to Hell to figure out what, exactly, the hell Sartre meant when he penned that infamous quote.

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Episode 034: Don't Go Back to School

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 21, 2013


We tried something a little different this week—instead of reading a novel or play, Andrew read Kio Stark's crowdfunded handbook Don't Go Back to School. Stark interviews artists, writers, and entrepreneurs of various stripes who all have one thing in common: they've found success despite not having the credentials conferred by traditional educational institutions. What followed was a discussion not just of the book, but of our own personal experiences building careers without graduate degrees. This is a fascinating topic, and if you have any of your own stories to share we'd love to include them in future shows.

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Episode 033: The Stand

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Oct 14, 2013


Did you know that Stephen King's The Stand isn't a taut legal thriller? It's just one of the many things that Andrew and Craig learned about the book this week!  Special guest Giaco Furino walks Andrew and Craig through the apocalyptic (and then post-apocalyptic), Lord of the Rings  inspired, vaguely supernatural "complete and uncut edition" of the book, which the author himself describes as "boss."

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Episode 032: A Visit from the Goon Squad

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 08, 2013


  Rock and roll, PowerPoint slides, African dictators: all succumb to the inexorable march of time in Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad .  Join us as we discuss the most recently published book we've read yet. Also: passive aggressive behavior, stories in the second person, and Craig admits to an unhealthy appreciation for Bryan Adams. 

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Episode 031: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Oct 01, 2013


The relationship between interior evil and its effect o one's external appearance isn't new to the show, but it's explored pretty explicitly in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. A much darker affair than The Importance of Being Earnest, this book is the closest examination of morality in Victorian England that we've read since Jekyll and Hyde.  

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Episode 030: Medea

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 16, 2013


What's there to enjoy about a 2400-year-old tragedy? Is it the ekkyklemas? The god-chariots? Or is it the protagonist so wounded by her husband's actions that she's driven to commit atrocities only Breaking Bad's willing to put on TV? What if there's nothing to enjoy? Maybe that's why Euripides received third prize out of three when he submitted Medea  to the annual Athenian theater festival in 431 BCE. Join us this week as we debate the tragedy's merits, bumble our Greek vocabulary, and make the obligatory Tyler Perry joke.

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Episode 029: The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Sep 10, 2013


Andrew wanted something short and funny for his selection this week, and he got it in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. It's up for debate whether Wilde actually meant to say anything with this farcical comedy, but if there's one thing to take away from it it's "stop taking everything so seriously all the time." We tried to wrap this one up early and then accidentally got into a sort-of-personal talk about the nature of marriage. Enjoy!  

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Episode 028: The Martian Chronicles

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Sep 02, 2013


Ray Bradbury once described his first novel, The Martian Chronicles, as a collection of short stories "pretending to be a novel." In fact, many of the Martian stories were published individually, and it wasn't until 1950 that Bradbury stitched them all together. This patchwork storytelling made it hard for us to get a bead on  Chronicles . Craig liked it, but we found it hard to discuss why without the benefit of a central character or singular narrative. That said, you can still join us for a lively talk about colonialism, space travel, Fearing the Bomb, and twerking (for some reason).

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Episode 027 - You Shall Know Our Velocity!

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 26, 2013


It's rare that we read a book and just out-and-out dislike it, but that's what happened when Andrew read Dave Eggers' You Shall Know Our Velocity! Eggers' tale of two young men who travel around the world and give away $32,000 may have resonated with reviewers, but Andrew had trouble getting into it. What follows is a discussion less about the book's plotting and themes, and more about Andrew's reaction to the book and just what he didn't enjoy about it (and why). Apologies for the audio quality on this one; it was recorded in Andrew's now-former apartment, and echoes abound though we have tried our best to minimize them.

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Episode 026 - Persuasion

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Aug 13, 2013


Craig's never read Jane Austen. Yes, it's unbelievable. Yes, it's sort of shameful. But making up for that kind of thing is what this show's all about! Join us for a lively discussion about Jane Austen's last novel - a charming tale of love and marriage as well as a subversive satire of the system that encompasses both. (We also talk about historical fiction, bad days, and cool pizza.)

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Episode 025 - Flowers for Algernon

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Aug 05, 2013


Intelligence is a wonderful thing, but as this week's book shows us it isn't the only thing. In Daniel Keyes' classic, developmentally disabled man Charlie Gordon is transformed into a genius basically overnight, but his emotional growth can't quite keep pace with his intellectual growth. It doesn't help matters that his transformation ultimately proves to be temporary. It's a deeply moving story, but it's not uplifting. Everyone just try to be happy, OK?

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Episode 024 - Grendel

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 30, 2013


This week's show is all about revisiting past shows - the book Craig read, John Gardner's Grendel, is a modern prequel and/or retelling of the Beowulf myth. The book deals with monsters and the nature of good and evil, much like Frankenstein or Jekyll and Hyde. The book is all about the roles we play and the ways we try to impose order on chaos, much like Breakfast of Champions.  Anyway, this one's apparently for those of you who have been listening to us since the early days. Thanks for that.

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Episode 023 - Breakfast of Champions

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 23, 2013


In the book's preface, Vonnegut called Breakfast of Champions  an attempt to "clear his head of all the junk in there." He wasn't kidding. Breakfast   is a melange of narrative, sketches, and character sketches - and Andrew totally dug it.  This week we discuss current events (specifically royal babies), Vonnegut's voice, and the benefits of self-insertion. 

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Episode 022: Antony and Cleopatra

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, Jul 16, 2013


What is Antony and Cleopatra ? Tragedy? Romance? History? Comedy ? The conventional wisdom is to pick tragedy, but this messy entry in the later chapters of Shakespeare's canon dances between the Bard's genres like a "high-coloured" Lepidus. This week we struggle with Shakespeare's portrayal of the titular heroine, get lost in the play's globe-trotting plot, and - for good measure - debate the finer points of Sister, Sister .

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Episode 021: Life of Pi

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 08, 2013


One note for this one: while every episode has a general spoiler warning attached to it, we spoil Yann Martel's Life of Pi in a pretty big way in this show, so if you have the movie next in your Netflix queue or something you may want to hold off.   That said, if you don't care about spoilers, join us for a lively discussion of the current heat wave, swearing, religion, and tigers in boats!  

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Episode 020: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jul 01, 2013


Craig and Andrew team up with their evil selves this week to read Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, not really. But in honor of our 20th episode, we did  both read the book this week, mixing up our usual format a bit. What follows is a discussion on the duality of man, abridged books, and that thing that happens when stories like this gloss over scientific explanations so as to avoid boring the audience.

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Episode 019: The Color Purple

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 24, 2013


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. Also, we have a brief discussion of the movie version of World War Z , our overdue book from a few weeks back.

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Episode 018: Frankenstein

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Sun, Jun 09, 2013


"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 Frankenstein  has endured. So much so that it almost seems old hat to correct people for thinking that lumbering monstrosities in big heavy boots are called Frankensteins. Turns out there's still plenty to learn from Shelley's Modern Prometheus. On this week's episode, we discuss the finer points of creature creation, bum out over Nature vs. Nurture, and answer some of your questions. 

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Episode 017: Winnie The Pooh

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Jun 03, 2013


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 Wood via the many cartoons and movies released by Disney. In this week's episode, we discuss the first appearances of all your old favorites: Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and more. Tune in to learn about Bears of No Brains At All, sad birthday parties, and how to save a Piglet in a rainstorm.

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Episode 016: World War Z

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Tue, May 28, 2013


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 a global conflict, rather than viewing an outbreak through the eyes of a handful of people. Brooks also uses the story to comment on American materialism and apathy, deep-seated conflicts between countries, and the psychological impact of war. Even if you don't like zombie fiction, this one's worth a try.

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Episode 015: The Elements of Style

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 20, 2013


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 never read the book, and he thought chatting up Andrew – who gets paid to put words on the Internet – about S&W’s various axioms might prove entertaining. Join us as we (dis)agree on a few key rules, chat incessantly about segues/segways, and tie ourselves in linguistic knots.

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Episode 014: The Crucible

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 13, 2013


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 personal agendas can be more influential than alibis and evidence. That's the thrust of Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible, which Andrew read this week. We also talk about how the events of the play reflect the then-current Red Scare, and how witch-hunt mentality continues to persist even today.

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Episode 013: A Lesson Before Dying

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, May 06, 2013


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 row. Similar to last week's episode, the discuss leans toward the serious - racism, cultural divisions, and one's duty to his community - but our fervent desire to remain politically correct should help lighten the mood.

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Episode 012: Middlesex

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Sun, Apr 28, 2013


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, this show tackles some fairly heavy topics while still keeping things light and conversational. Join us for a discussion of duality, transformation, and just why "normal" isn't really a thing.

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Episode 011: The War of the Worlds

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 22, 2013


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 fiction. Wells uses the invaders to put Humanity in its place, zapping them with a heat ray of humility right at the height of European colonialism.

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Episode 010: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 15, 2013


You've probably seen the movie, but have you read the book? L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz certainly follows the same basic pattern as the (much later) Judy Garland film, but there are lots of differences. Did you know how the Tin Man came to be? Oh man. Just you wait.

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Episode 009: The Turn of the Screw

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 08, 2013


What makes a good ghost story? If you said creepy children, gothic architecture, and unreliable narrators, then Henry James has you covered The Turn of the Screw.  This week Andrew mangles words, Craig gets lost in James' Victorian prose, and the two solve the mystery surrounding the ghosts of Bly.

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Episode 008: Dune

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Apr 01, 2013


Good science fiction uses fantastical characters, locations, and technology to comment intelligently on problems that we face in the real world, but the best science fiction can also do this in a suspenseful, entertaining, adventuresome way. Frank Herbert's Dune gets most of the way there, but Andrew can't help but wish he had read it for the first time as a teenager instead of an adult.

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Episode 007: All Quiet on the Western Front

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 25, 2013


Billed as "The Greatest War Novel of All Time" on many a book jacket, All Quiet on the Western Front chronicles one soldier's harrowing experience in World War I. Our conversation tends toward the serious this week as we touch on the horrors of trench warfare, the issues soldiers face coming home from the Front, and the dehumanizing effects of modern warfare.

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Episode 006: The Metamorphosis

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 18, 2013


How would you and your family react if you awoke one morning changed into a huge bug? In our kafkaesque discussion of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, Craig and Andrew talk about communication issues, the ties that bind human beings together, and why explaining how things happened can actually make a story less meaningful.

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Episode 005: Beowulf

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Mar 11, 2013


What book could possible be more overdue for a read than Beowulf, one of the oldest extant works of Anglo-Saxon literature? Join us as we revel in Beowulf's heroic deeds, discuss the finer points of oral tradition, and wonder just who infused this Old English tale with a triple-shot of Christianity.

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Episode 004: The Da Vinci Code

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Sun, Mar 03, 2013


Here on Overdue, it's definitely not going to be multi-layered critiques of religion and missives on love and cholera every week. Take this book as a case in point—Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has long been a favorite punching bag of Andrew's, but in the interest of trying new things and keeping an open mind, he's giving this decade-old potboiler a try. His reactions are many and complicated. Join us for a conversation about why pop-lit is, well, popular, whether it's OK to judge a book by its cover, and some of Dan Brown's less successful sentences.

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Episode 003: Edward Albee's Tiny Alice

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 25, 2013


When first performed on Broadway in 1964, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice frustrated and discomfited audiences with its metaphysical critiques on faith and religion. It is no less opaque today (at least for Craig), and reading rather than seeing it performed certainly makes things more difficult. The play's density aside, we do manage to discuss cantankerous authors, symbols within symbols, and staging the supernatural.

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Episode 002: Love in the Time of Cholera

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Sun, Feb 17, 2013


Florentino Ariza, the ostensible protagonist of Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez' Love in the Time of Cholera, has had 622 distinct sexual partners in the 51 years, nine months, and four days that he has waited for Fermina Daza, his true love. We talk about each and every one of them in this week's episode. Well, no, not really. But we do have a long and sort of disjointed conversation about cholera, geography, aging, and the nature of love, which befits the disjointed nature of the story itself.

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Episode 001: Of Mice and Men

Author: Overdueoverduepod@gmail.com (Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting)
Mon, Feb 11, 2013


Did you pay attention in ninth grade English? Craig did, sort of. This week he reads – or rereads, he’s not sure – John Steinbeck’s classic tale of Depression-era migrant workers. Topics of conversation include foreshadowing, hoosegows, and male camaraderie.

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