Episode 211: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
This week, the pair sits down for their discussion of one of the most famous dystopia novels ever written. Nineteen Eighty-Four introduced phrases and concepts such as Big Brother, doublespeak, and more to our culture, and is a depressingly relevant today as it was when it was written. Josh challenges Dietrich to answer why this book, with its flaws in dialogue, characters, and more works, whereas a book like Atlas Shrugged doesn't. Dietrich talks about why this book seems to be independent of the time it was written, speaking more to human nature than the culture of the fifties. Josh reluctantly reflects on how applicable Orwell's lessons seem to be in our current political climate. In addition, Josh delights in a book that does for zombies what I Am Legend did for vampires, Dietrich dives deep into the 2016 election with Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, and they discuss a book by Nick Cutter that fails to succeed despite some excellent moments. Finally, the pair talk about the challenges faced by the latest seasons of Fargo and The Americans, especially in contrast to the brilliant work happening over on Better Call Saul. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.