Greg Proops

Season 6, Episode 13

Recorded in Edinburgh the day after the horrific events in Charlottesville, Robin and Josie chat with American comedian, writer and podcaster Greg Proops. They chat about politics and race in the US right now, and some of the best books about it. Which leads to the best dystopian fiction novels and conspiracy theories, but also the literature landscape in Edinburgh so it’s not all doom and gloom. Also, Josie has a bag of frozen peas on her knee.

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Reading List

Greg recommends:

1984 by George Orwell

The work of Aldous Huxley

1985 by Anthony Burgess

The Player of Games by Iain M Banks

Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks

Excision by Iain M Banks

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

The Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rule Britannia by Daphe Du Maurier

The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool by Greg Proops

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Robin recommends:

Remember This House by James Baldwin

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hot Topic: A Life‑Changing Look at the Change of Life by Christa D’Souza

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast

Josie recommends:

The writings of James Baldwin

Are Food Deserts to Blame For America’s Poor Eating Habits by Joe Cortright for The Atlantic

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