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Why John Steinbeck Would Support Bernie Sanders Now

If John Steinbeck were alive today he would support Bernie Sanders for president. Why? Because Bernie Sanders is the kind of outspoken progressive the author of The Grapes of Wrath enthusiastically embraced during his controversial career as a prize-winning writer of popular fiction. A passionate believer in fair play, Steinbeck endorsed presidential candidates committed to … [Read More...]

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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 … [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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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 … [Read More...]


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...]