iOS app Android app

John Steinbeck

A Journey Toward Increasing Self Awareness and Gratitude

Martin Berusch | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

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

'Carsick': John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.24.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 | 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.

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, 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.