Episode 56: The Outsiders

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The Outsiders

As a high schooler, Alli missed the boat on reading S.E. Hinton’s iconic 1967 novel The Outsiders, but all that changed for Episode 56 of SSR! Along with guest Esther Zuckerman — a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist — she discovers the original context of “Stay gold, Ponyboy,” discusses the book’s unique portrayal of masculinity, and considers the ways in which its representation of marginalized youth and communities is (sadly) still relevant in 2019. Alli and Esther also talk about S.E. Hinton’s fascinating overnight journey from (literal) teen to publishing sensation and the larger cultural significance of The Outsiders.

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“Why The Outsiders Still Matters 50 Years Later” (Rolling Stone, 2017)

“22 Reasons to Read The Outsiders” (Penguin Teen)

“Why The Outsiders Lives On: A Teenage Novel Turns 50” (The New York Times, 2017)

“12 Fascinating Facts About S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders” (Mental Floss, 2018)

“Happy 50th Anniversary to The Outsiders, The Book That Created A Genre” (HuffPost, 2017)

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