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"The Grapes of Wrath

CultureZohn: Katy Grannan On Highway 99

Patricia Zohn | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Grannan is witness to the people who find themselves on the other side of the American dream in California's now-arid Central Valley, every bit as parched as the cracked and desiccated soil they live on.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

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.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The groundbreaking photos that she took during the Great Depression of breadlines, and the despair she recorded of those forced to migrate in response to the Dust Bowl, are permanent fixtures in the pictorial history of the United States. However, the depth and range of her photography extend far beyond those iconic depictions.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm." Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate Wi...

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

Celebrating the 'Unwrath' in 'The Grapes of Wrath' on its 75th Anniversary

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

While Florence Nightingale doesn't deliver joy, let alone build up laughter out of inadequate material, she would surely have been pleased to have Ma Joad tending to the poor in her charity hospital.

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

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.

Movie Review: C.O.G.

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Coming-of-age stories tend to be about innocents who have the veil pulled from their eyes. Which sort of describes C.O.G. - except for the innocent part.

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, Spielberg and DreamWorks are negot...

In the House: An Interview With the Builders Association About House/Divided

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

This adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath brings the piece into direct conversation with our times in a way that allows the novel to live and breathe in a theatre as opposed to being studied as an artifact from another time.

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.

An Appreciation of John Steinbeck

Dave Astor | Posted 10.24.2012 | Books
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.

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.

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 re...

The Best Book-To-Film Adaptations

Joseph McBride | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Joseph McBride

I've come to admire films that have managed to take a book or short story and turn it into a first-rate screen story.

Giving Thanks for Putting Away Childish Literary Things

Dave Astor | Posted 01.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As I write this on Thanksgiving weekend, I give thanks to the books that turn adolescent readers into adult readers. For me, it was one 19th-century novel by a woman, and one 20th-century novel by a man.

Novelist Jonathan Franzen in Discussion With Time's Lev Grossman

Elana Estrin | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books
Elana Estrin

"Almost the definition of a mensch, a good person, is that in their heart of hearts they're rather hard on themselves. And yet, you can't get out of bed in the morning if you don't love yourself. I'm merciless towards myself, so being merciless towards my characters comes naturally."

Leaked GOP Screening Series: 10 Movies Helping Republicans Stay Bold, Agressive and Insane

Katie Halper | Posted 10.04.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

This is a leaked list of the ten movies the GOP is screening to make sure they stay on the offensive, as they fight for the wealthy and attack middle and working class people.

10 Black & White Movies for People Who Won't Watch Black & White Movies

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If I could get all those black and white haters out there to watch just ten titles -- movies that constituted absolutely essential viewing -- which would they be?

The Rich Should Have Mass Protests, Too!

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

The huge protests in places like Egypt and Wisconsin have been inspiring. Citizens thirsting for democracy, workers trying to protect their hard-earne...

And the Winner Is...

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Abe Gurko

Billy Reid. (Silence) Billy Reid. (Thump, he fainted and fell to the floor) Billy Reid. Well, maybe he didn't faint, but the immediate surprise in the...

John Steinbeck's NYC Archive Fails To Drive High Bids

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — An auction of a trove of author John Steinbeck's letters, manuscripts and photographs from his New York City apartment produced lackl...