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The Ghost of Tom Joad

Book Review: Methland, The Death and Life of a Small American Town

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I'm aware of that understands at a fundamental level that meth isn't a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems.

Celebrity, Authority and The Ghost of Tom Joad

Craig Werner | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Craig Werner

Why are we trusting of authority in our society? It's an old, even clichéd question from a well-populated side that is so often seen as the "counter," or the "other" side.

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This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Bruce Springsteen: Well-Read Rocker

Will Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Will Weaver

Throughout his career, what distinguishes Springsteen is his understanding of the American ethos -- taking the pulse of America as John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman once did.

Born to Rank: The Top 25 Bruce Springsteen Songs

Ben Mankiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Mankiewicz

2010-09-22-bruce.jpgThe criteria are flexible. They're a combination of songwriting, listening pleasure, live performance and at what point in the song I begin to cry like an 11-year-old girl.