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John Steinbeck

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...

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.

Thug Notes Gets Real With 'Of Mice and Men'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy

In this continuing, and surprisingly sophisticated, critical examination of classic literature with Sparky Sweets, PhD, Thug Notes gets your laugh and...

Steven Spielberg Plans Remake Of Classic

Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment

It looks like John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" has become Steven Spielberg's dirt. According to Deadline.com, Spielberg and DreamWorks are negot...

A Fish With Arms? What the?

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

You see, the problem with so much in religion today is that it's always all about becoming something other than who we are... all about getting somewhere other than where we are. For this, and a lot other reasons, people have given up on religion.

On the Trail of the Whales: Deadly Ambush in the Deep

Doreen Walton | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Doreen Walton

We're speeding north on the Coast Starlight, to our next stop on the grey whale migration route. It's a romantic name for a train, and it's a dreamy r...

Meet "Marv" and "Be Alright": Conversations with Peter Himmelman and Balthazar Getty (Exclusive Video)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's something about song structure, the narrowness of the form that makes it both doable and damnable. You can finish it in a short time and that's the blessing that curses; it's hard to fit in those lines, to get them just right."

Challenging Ourselves to Live Inside a Book

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.06.2013 | Media
Pat LaMarche

Steinbeck's 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath spoke as prophetically then as it does narratively now to the issue of homelessness in 2013. And it's a sad thing to witness in all those states, this fact that nothing's changed -- or if it changed, it's changed right back.

The Grapes of Ross

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Many Americans know that Barack Obama spent three years as a community organizer in Chicago, but hardly any Americans know about Fred Ross Sr., perhaps the most influential community organizer in American history.

Let Us Show You What Pres. Obama Was Talking About

Pat LaMarche | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

One thing is certain. When anyone -- even the president -- speaks to "you" about being poor, at least 1 in 6 of "you" in this wealthy nation already know what he's talking about, because "you" are the poor. And if we are the nation our ancestors fought a civil war to ensure then you is we and we are the poor.

Authors Amid the Rock Bands on YouTube

Dave Astor | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Some people (like me!) are so busy reading books that they don't bother much with moving-image media such as films and TV. But what about watching YouTube videos relating to ... authors!

Why Mumford & Sons Should Have Written The Grapes Of Wrath

AnnaKate Pitts | Posted 11.07.2012 | Teen
AnnaKate Pitts

I love classic literary works, and I have a huge amount of respect for John Steinbeck. I don't think he is a bad writer; anyone who can write three pages about dust deserves mad props.

PHOTOS: John Steinbeck's Route 66

Posted 09.04.2012 | Home

The following is an excerpt from "Route 66 Still Kicks" [Skyhorse Publishing, $16.95]: It was near here in the 1930s that a thirty-four-year-old wr...

An Appreciation of John Steinbeck

Dave Astor | Posted 10.24.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

With Labor Day approaching, a reader's thoughts might turn to an author with an immense sympathy for the working class. That author is John Steinbeck, and this post is an appreciation of his work.

Live At Billy Bob's Texas: A Conversation With Billy Joe Shaver

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Seen and Unseen Consequences of This Summer's Weather Assault

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Each year in the United States, 3.5 million people are homeless, with 100,000 homeless vets. If you are homeless, you are also hungry, and you likely don't know where your next meal will come from. Is this really America?

When Literary Characters Aren't Stereotypical

Dave Astor | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Who are your favorite non-stereotypical literary characters?

Where's Tom Joad Anyway?

Craig Werner | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Craig Werner

This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Novelists Who Were More Enlightened Than Their Era

Dave Astor | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

The 1800s were of course a time of blatant racism, and many authors reflected that by depicting fictional characters of color in horribly stereotyped ways. Or they omitted those characters entirely, as if the world was populated by whites only.

You Can't Fix Stupid

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the most memorable characters in American literature is stupid in the oldest and truest sense of the word. Although he appears to be warm, human, and inhabits the body of a man, his mind and personality never progressed past childhood.

First Nighter: Encores! Series' Pipe Dream Almost a Dream Come True

David Finkle | Posted 05.29.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Of course, when songs so ebullient and/or passionate are this good, who's going to complain? Although a number of the Encores! dust-offs have moved to Broadway, this one certainly won't. Never mind, since it has enough going for it right where it is.

The Undergraduate Visitor to the Harry Ransom Center

Elana Estrin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Elana Estrin

Since its founding, the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has been an important reso...

Springsteen, Glenn Beck and Tom Joad

Craig Werner | Posted 05.23.2012 | College
Craig Werner

With "Born in the U.S.A." Springsteen is entering into a dialogue with the American public, asking them about Vietnam, "Is this what you want our country to be associated with? Is this really the America we live in? Can we do better?"