Overdue episodes

Overdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Overdue Episode 220: The US Constitution

January 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 …

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Overdue Episode 219: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

January 9, 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 …

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Overdue Episode 218: Angel

January 2, 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 …

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Overdue Episode 217: All-Star Superman (Bonus Episode)

December 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.

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Overdue Episode 216: A Tale for the Time Being

December 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 …

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Overdue Episode 215: Stealing Christmas

December 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 …

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Overdue Episode 214: White Teeth

December 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 …

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Overdue Episode 213: The Outsiders

December 5, 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 …

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Overdue Episode 212: The History of Love

November 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 Loveis littered with catchphrases. The 2005 novel by Nicole Krauss stars …

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Overdue Episode 211: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

November 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 …

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Overdue Episode 210: 2016 Election (Bonus episode)

November 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 …

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Overdue Episode 209: Snow Crash

November 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 …

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Overdue Episode 208: Magic Bites

November 7, 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 …

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Overdue Episode 206: Ring

October 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 …

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Overdue Episode 205: Werewolf of Paris

October 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 …

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Overdue Episode 204: The Haunting of Hill House

October 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 …

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Overdue Episode 203: Hook (Bonus Episode)

October 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 as many movies as we can, discuss the perils of overstaying your welcome …

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Overdue Episode 202: The Woman in Black

October 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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Overdue Episode 201: Howl’s Moving Castle

October 4, 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, …