A Book For Our Times? The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

One of the things I’ve been trying to do over the past few years is catch up on some classics that escaped my education (or I was able to avoid, I’m not sure which it was). So, last month, I fired up the audiobook of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which I had never…

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Literature Precedent

After our trip to Monterey and Big Sur last spring, I'd been meaning to read Steinbeck's Cannery Row (I'd never read it before) and I did so last month.  While I was reading it, I came upon this quote: "I know" said the captain "[…] People don't take interest in bird dogs like they used…

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