The Library Police
About This Show
A podcast by a pair of rabid readers, discussing everything from young adult to nonfiction, from fantasy to true crime. An English teacher and a freelancer that will read anything that holds still, we love picking books apart until we reach the nougat center.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 207: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This week, Josh and Dietrich finally tackle Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. The two discuss the similarities that this alternate history book has with earlier favorites Big Machine and Lovecraft Country, and how Whitehead uses fictional portrayals of life in the slave south to illustrate the wide range of racism and all its insidious forms. Josh raves about the way the book shifts between subtlety and horror, and Dietrich talks about the fact that a single section set in South Carolina was enough to carry the book. They look at the parts of this book that work, and the parts that fall a bit flat, and discuss ways different authors have used fantasy, horror, and alternate history to highlight race relations in the United States. Before that, Josh raves about what may be one of his favorite new books of all time, Dietrich dives into a beautiful short story collection that inspired an extraordinary science fiction film, and they wrap up discussing the genre and mind-bending experience that has been the new FX series Legion. You can send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.