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Carl Jung’s Psychology and John Steinbeck’s Horoscope

If you keep an open mind about astrology, as I’ve done in my investigation and application of its principles, you can learn quite a bit about John Steinbeck from his horoscope wheel. I know: reading astrology charts seems unusual for an electronic technician like me. Frankly, I was skeptical about the subject when I started—until I read the works Carl Jung and followers of the … [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 … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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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...]

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Blood Memory: Short Story By Roy Bentley Set in Southern Appalachia

Blood Memory My farrier wants to bring his handcuffs. My sister Abby is on furlough from Eastern State Hospital and has to be taken back. And the likelihood is that she will fight going. If she weren’t so explosive or hadn’t shot at a man with a .45, running … [Read More...]

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Catching Up with Steinbeck In My Time Machine: Franklin Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, And Germany’s Third Reich

On November 16, 1938—three years before America formally entered the war against Germany—John Steinbeck joined 35 writers in urging Franklin Roosevelt to confront the Third Reich. Responding to the outrage known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, … [Read More...]

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The Road from The Grapes of Wrath to Ferguson, Missouri: How Current Events Keep John Steinbeck Relevant

In the 1980s, it was E.M. Forster. In the 90s, Jane Austen and Henry James. Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway had their turn, along with writers of B-list bestsellers whose names have faded, like the films made from their books. In 2015, Hollywood’s Favorite … [Read More...]