Tag Archives: John Steinbeck

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2017

It’s been a God-awful year in so many unprecedented ways. It’s also been a great year for me professionally (which has brought with it its own set of challenges.) Here are some of the things I’ve written this year. Reviews, … Continue reading

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On Elia Kazan’s East of Eden and the Revelation That Was James Dean: for Library of America

Recently, I wrote a small piece which could be given a High School English class title: What James Dean and East of Eden meant to me. When I wrote it, I was deep in research for a huge piece which … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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2016 Books Read

I’ve enjoyed myself this year with reading. I have finally bounced back from 2009 and 2010, when I was so out of my mind that I could barely read anymore. (Larry McMurtry describes a similar thing happening to him post-heart … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve added to this list. I still want to do a Non-Fiction one, eventually, but … you know … time permitting. Some authors are represented multiple times here. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. Don’t read … Continue reading

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Nothing Creepier Than a Creepy Kid: Creepy Kids in Cinema

This article originally appeared on Capital New York. Hollywood loves scary children. The most haunting image in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is the Grady Twins, those dead-eyed girls in identical blue dresses standing at the end of the hallway. The … Continue reading

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The Books: “East of Eden” (John Steinbeck)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: East of Eden, by John Steinbeck There’s one sentence in East of Eden about springtime coming to Salinas Valley in California (I looked for the sentence, and can’t find it) and the image is that … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Grapes of Wrath” (John Steinbeck)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck I was always an East of Eden fan myself – and while some people find fault in East of Eden, find the allegory too obvious, the structure too … Continue reading

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Steinbeck

Wow – what a photo. My immediate thought was of the great scene in East of Eden when Abra and Cal go on the ferris wheel.

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Jessa Crispin has an interesting interview with Peter Boxall, editor of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I loved what Boxall said at the end: “Having benefited from an extraordinary number of emails and letters as well as … Continue reading

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