LiL = LOST in Literature

Golden Spiral Media’s We Have To Go Back podcast

September 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the LOST premiere and people are making all sorts of whacky plans. There is a group of fans organizing a reunion party in Hawaii and I know a lot of people who are going. I have not made up my mind yet. In the meantime, I was asked to assist in a LOST rewatch by providing a literary analysis each week for a podcast Golden Spiral Media is doing.

We Have To Go Back: A LOST Revisited Podcast is hosted by Darrell and his wife Kari, who watch two episodes each week and discuss memories, theories, and concepts the show brought up. It is very spoilery, definitely not for anyone looking to go through the show for a first time. But for those who love LOST and are looking for an excuse to rewatch (or at least drum up some memories!), this is a podcast for you.

My segment is near the end, after the episode discussions. Darrell gives me about 10 minutes each week to deliver my analysis and I usually soak up every last one of those minutes. Below you’ll find a running list of the books I’ve read and discussed, as well as any blog posts associated with them (I only recently started publishing posts week-to-week). A sample audio segment of Lord of the Flies and more information can be found here.

UPDATE 5/11/2014
I will be attending the 2014 Lost event in Hawaii! If you will be there, look me up.

UPDATE 9/25/2014
Back from Hawaii! Here are the posts from my experiences:


  1. The Island Aldous Huxley
  2. Essay Concerning Human Understanding John Locke
  3. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  4. Watership Down Richard Adams
  5. Solitary Jean Jacques Rousseau
  6. The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  7. The Stand Stephen King
  8. Moby Dick Herman Melville
  9. Lord of the Flies William Golding
  10. A Wrinkle In Time Madeline L’Engle
  11. Revisiting “The Monster”
  12. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
  13. The Third PolicemanFlann O’Brien
  14. The Outsiders S.E. Hinton & The Pearl John Steinbeck
  15. The Third Policeman Flann O’Brien
  16. Epic of Gilgamesh unknown
  17. After All These Years Susan Isaacs
  18. Josiah 1 Kings 13 & 2 Kings 23
  19. Bad Twin Gary Troup
  20. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce
  21. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  22. Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
  23. Dirty Work Stuart Woods
  24. The Odyssey Homer
  25. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  26. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  27. To Kill A Mockingbird Nelle Harper Lee
  28. Laughter in the Dark Vladimir Nobokov
  29. Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein
  30. Ishmael Daniel Quinn
  31. Evil Under the Sun Agatha Christie
  32. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  33. Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  34. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  35. The Moon Pool Abraham Merritt
  36. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll
  37. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  38. The Invention of Morel Aldofo Bioy Casares
  39. VALIS Philip K. Dick
  40. Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
  41. The Tempest Shakespeare
  42. Mount Analogue Rene Daumal
  43. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
  44. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  45. The Little Prince Antoine Saint-Exupery
  46. Turn of the Screw Henry James
  47. Various Works Jeremy Bentham
  48. A Separate Reality Carlos Castenada
  49. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
  50. Lancelot Walker Percy
  51. Flowers For AlgernonDaniel Keyes
  52. Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery O’Connor
  53. Fear and Trembling Soren Kierkegaard
  54. What Katy Did Susan Coolidge
  55. A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle
  56. The Chosen Chaim Potok
  57. Till We Have Faces C.S. Lewis (Part 1)
  58. Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostvoesky
  59. The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis (Part 2)
  60. The Langoliers (Four Past Midnight) Stephen King
  61. The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis (Part 3)

2 thoughts on “LOST in Literature

  1. I am a listener of this podcast and I wanted to thank you for this segment! Lost in Literature is a great way to see the television show from a different perspective. As someone who has seen the series in its entirety several times, I am enjoying my most recent re-watch even more so due to this segment. Thank you for spending time to enlighten all of the fans of the literature inspired through Lost!

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