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'Bull Mountain,' A Conversation With Brian Panowich

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. As an army brat, he grew up in Europe until the family settled in East Georgia. His debut novel, Bull Mountain, has received extensive praise from James Ellroy, C.J. Box, Wiley Cash, and John Connolly, among others.

The Unencumbered Life

Tom Morris | Posted 06.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

Are the things we own blessings or burdens? Actually, do we own our stuff at all, or does it own us? The New York Times ran a wild story this weekend...

'Let Me Die in His Footsteps': A Conversation With Lori Roy

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Roy's new novel, set in a 1952 Kentucky town, concerns Annie Holleran, a 15 year old girl who has an uncanny sense of knowing how things will turn out before they've played themselves through.

I'm Going to Make You a Beef Sandwich, or If You'll Excuse Me While I Install This Toilet

Timothy Braun | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Timothy Braun

As my new plumber opened a box filled with porcelain pieces I learn he is from Chicago, and a Bears fan. He spends the season in what he calls "The Bus", an old '74 school bus in the parking lot of Solider Field, and has invited me and my dog to the Windy City for tailgating.

Mad Men's Finale (And Why Hippies Never Cook You an Enchilada)

Erica Ford | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Ford

Shot of salt flats. Don is racing cars. His face is determined. And covered with lots and lots of sweat. But we'll get used to Don being coated in a sheen of sweat in this episode. Not sexy sweat. The sweat of alcohol, despair, and Utah.

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

The Nation Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Oversize Issue Featuring Einstein, Chomsky, Steinbeck

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media

Drafted on July 8, 1865, and distributed to potential donors and subscribers, The Nation’s founding prospectus reads, “The week has been singularl...

An Homage to 'Teachers'

Eric Trules | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Eric Trules

Teaching is an art form all of its own. It's not easy to teach. Not only because teachers are never paid enough in our culture (or others), but because it takes patience and understanding and preparation and methodology.

A Journey Toward Increasing Self Awareness and Gratitude

Martin Berusch | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Martin Berusch

I'm grateful that dog was there with me that day. I don't know if he was the catalyst or spark that led me to my higher self-awareness, or if he just happened to be there at the "right" time. All I know is that that that early morning at Juhu Beach was a momentous occasion for me.

Baja California Sur: Vacationing With the Saints

Bob Schulman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

LOS CABOS, Mexico - Not too long ago - up to the 1970s - this 30-mile stretch of beaches, coves and lagoons at the tip of western Mexico's Baja Penins...

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

'Carsick': John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Ethan Casey

Every American road trip is different; thus every American road trip book is, and should be, different from every other. The beauty of such books done well has much to do with the nature of the country itself: so enormous and diverse.

Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his wartime radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's fa...

Ali Watkins

Inside A Hemingway-Themed Spy Prom

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the intelligence community and the media are at such a low ebb it might be hard to believe that there's a reporter who...

Haunted: A Talk With Randy Wayne White

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Randy Wayne White is a New York Times best-selling novelist of crime fiction and non-fiction and the writer of a television documentary. He's perhaps best known for his 21 Doc Ford novels and his most recent Hannah Smith series.

Leighton Meester Asks, Is 'Of Mice and Men' A Feminst Tract?

Leighton Meester | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Leighton Meester

If Steinbeck's woman character is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today.

Stage Door: Of Mice and Men, Casa Valentina

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

From the moment George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd) walk on stage, they are mesmerizing. John Steinbeck's searing novella about two itinerant ranch hands, Of Mice and Men, is now a first-rate Broadway revival.

This Jennifer Lawrence Role Is Too Much For One Movie To Handle

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence and "East of Eden" sound like a match made in Oscar heaven, and now that may be doubled. Writer-director Gary Ross ("Pleasantvill...

The Criminality of Blackness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I could see clearly: These strong, playful, intelligent and hilarious men would have to go back out into the world and play the roles they had adopted... to be seen, but not seen... to be safe in a world that fears them.

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

One of America's greatest authors, John Steinbeck, was born on this day in 1902. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. Two of his works, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men," are on the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America. And for good reason.

Meyer Lemons From Ojai: California Sunshine in a Box

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 04.28.2014 | Home
Qanta Ahmed, MD

When you can order mass-produced lemons, picked months earlier, chilled, gassed and then waxed to a high polish to arrive in refrigerated trucks at the click of a button, I'd rather get my fruit hand-packed in a box and savor what Steinbeck knew had allured the imagination of a great nation in its bleakest hour.

The Seizure of Our Dis(content)

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

"Bring new eyes to a world or even new lenses and presto, new world." -- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent Years ago, one of my children...

This Is What The 'Of Mice And Men' Cast Will Look Like On Broadway

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the Broadway revival of "Of Mice and Men." Producers said Monday that Norton,...

Extreme Weather: Is This California's Driest Year on Record?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

California precipitation has, on average, been declining, from an average of around 23 inches per year to around 21 inches per year -- a nearly 10 percent decline in the past 117 years.

The Paws That Refreshed

Charlie Carillo | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Sometimes, pets are like your children - you wonder if one is getting too much attention, at the expense of the other.