Episode 638: Richard Wright: Native Son (Part 2, Flight)
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by Evan Lampe
3d ago
In this episode I look at most of part two of Richard Wright's NATIVE SON, called "Flight". Here the narrative focuses on Bigger Thomas' efforts at survival after his murder of Mary Dalton, but also look more into the perspectives of mainstream white society on communists and African-Americans.  ..read more
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Robert A. Heinlein Book Club: Episode 74: The Star Beast (Part 1)
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by Evan Lampe
1w ago
THE STAR BEAST is one of the best books by Robert A. Heinlein that I explored in this podcast, and this suprised me from the look of the silly cover. Gender, diplomacy, politics, law, and bureaucracy are just some of the themes Heinlein crams into this little novel ..read more
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Episode 637: Richard Wright: Native Son (Part 1, Fear)
American Writers (One Hundred Pages at a Time)
by Evan Lampe
1w ago
In this episode I take on the first 100 pages of NATIVE SON by Richard Wright. It is a brilliant novel and I can only scratch the surface, but it is required reading for understanding America. I focus on the major characters and their motivations, knowing we can only begin to understand Bigger Thomas in the early stages of the novel ..read more
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Robert A. Heinlein Book Club: Episode 73: Project: Nightmare
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by Evan Lampe
1w ago
While "Project: Nightmare" (1953) is not one of Heinlein's strongest short stories it is worth reading for his use of the Cold War setting. The question of morality, sacrifice, and the use of misuse of the talented for the achievement of national goals is still worth reflecting on ..read more
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Episode 626: Richard Wright: Uncle Tom's Children (Part 2)
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by Evan Lampe
1w ago
The conclusion to my thoughts on the wonderful short story collection, UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN by Richard Wright. In the second half of this collection we move to a proposed (if maybe futile) response. The last two stories have moments of resistance culminating in sacrifice but not victory or a promise of change ..read more
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Robert A. Heinlein Book Club: Episode 72: Sky-Lift
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by Evan Lampe
2w ago
A very brief look at the short story "Sky-Lift" by Robert A. Heinlein. It is mostly a technical piece on the dangers of space flight and works as a sequel to the GREEN HILLS OF EARTH stories ..read more
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Episode 625: Richard Wright: Uncle Tom's Children (Part 1)
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by Evan Lampe
2w ago
Richard Wright's first published book was a series of short stories called UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN. They are wonderful stories looking at the brutality of race relations in Great Depression-era America and good preparation for NATIVE SON ..read more
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Robert A. Heinlein Book Club: Episode 71: Starman Jones (Part 2)
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by Evan Lampe
1M ago
The conclusion to my look at STARMAN JONES by Robert A. Heinlein. This one clearly stands out among the Heinlein juveniles by branching out into new themes and new geographies ..read more
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Episode 624: Richard Wright: Lawd Today (Part 2)
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by Evan Lampe
1M ago
The conclusion to my review of Richard Wright's first novel, LAWD TODAY. It is a great way to start digging into Richard Wright, and I think a good contrast with NATIVE SON, which we will look at in a few weeks ..read more
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Robert A. Heinlein Book Club: Episode 70: Starman Jones (Part 1)
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by Evan Lampe
1M ago
In 1953, Heinlein wrote his 7th juvenile in STARMAN JONES. He always seems to have something new to say in each of these novels, even if the main characters are always a little bit cookie cutter. He does try to give this young man a bit more differentiation. Nevertheless, this is another good example of world building. I enjoy how each of these novels feels lived in.   ..read more
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