In Episode 32, Alli resists the urge to fangirl as she welcomes one of her favorite podcasters to wrap up Manuary and discuss Louis Sachar’s Holes. A commercial and critical success, the novel has maintained its popularity for more than two decades thanks to its humor and sense of adventure — but from where we sit in 2019, we realize that there are bigger themes at play, as well, including race, class, and the prison industrial complex. Tune in to hear us talk all things Stanley Yelnats, along with broader conversations about how we process culture as adults versus how we process it as kids, the pressure we put on creators to have strong opinions, and why Holes has been so beloved for so long.
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Interior States: Essays by Meghan O’Gleblyn
TUNE IN TO MY CONVERSATION WITH KEVIN’S GCF CO-HOST CAROLINE ELY — HERE!
“What Holes by Louis Sachar Taught Me About Justice, Race, And The Prison Industrial Complex” (Bustle, 2018)
“Best YA Novel of All Time? EW Staff Pick: Holes by Louis Sachar” (Entertainment Weekly, 2013)
“He Didn’t Do It” (New York Times Book Review, 1998)
“Top Ten Reasons to Love Holes by Louis Sachar” (Children’s Book Cellar, 2011)
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