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The Scottish Lord and Pearl Harbor—Winston Churchill’s Protected Spy: A True Story

A Story of Betrayal in John Steinbeck's Time Winston Churchill’s mug? Odd connections to John Steinbeck's life continue to appear at SteinbeckNow.com, thanks to authors like John Bell Smithback, a Far East expert and former resident of the neighborhood in Pacific Grove, California, where Sea of Cortez was written in 1941. His true story of the spy who contributed to the attack … [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday to Oliver Sacks, On the Move at 82

The literary neuroscientist Oliver Sacks will be 82 next month. Robin Williams, who portrayed Sacks in the 1990 film Awakenings, would be 64 in July if he were still … [Read More...]

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Writing John Steinbeck Biography: Talk With William Souder

Plans to publish a new John Steinbeck biography by William Souder, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of … [Read More...]

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Kafka’s Ghost: A True Story

In light of the pro-war sentiments of political conservatives today, it's important to remember that it was right-wing opposition to the Roosevelt administration that kept the United States on the sidelines as Hitler swept across Europe as the 1930s closed and … [Read More...]


Orson Welles at 100: How Would a Meeting Between John Steinbeck and the Creator of Citizen Kane Go?

The legendary American actor-writer-director Orson Welles was born 100 years ago today. That's as good a reason as any to contemplate how a meeting might have gone between the controversial creator of Citizen Kane and the author of The Grapes of Wrath. Despite … [Read More...]


New York Times Writer Emulates John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in a Book to Please Dog Lovers

John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in Search of America inspired a recent book by a dog lover named Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a 39-year-old author from San Francisco who has been writing for the New York Times Magazine since he was 26. Travels with Casey, My … [Read More...]


Short Story by Roy Bentley: Sad-Proofing Through Oz

Sad-Proofing My brother doesn’t hear what I hear, the sound of a coal train going away from the hollow, leaving Neon to the south. TW is busy glad-handing Quiller Yontz, a stonecutter he wraps an arm around by a spray of chrysanthemums in the shape of a … [Read More...]