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Read it and Weep

Jun 8, 2016

In case you let your subscription to Student and Schoolmate expire, you may not be familiar with the serialized tales of a homeless orphan boy living on the streets of New York shining shoes to buy food. But through the power of being white, attractive, charming, witty, and a strong swimmer, he's able to overcome and become a middle class Unitarian.

Many people reference a "Horatio Alger" story, but few actually read his works. And perhaps for good reason. They're dated and a bit dull, though not completely without charm. In fact, they've got lots of charm if you just don't dig too deep.

Our dive into Dick was suggested by our first-time guest Jane Espenson, who's written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and much more.