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The Grapes of Wrath

February 27, 2009 Washington, DC "?it will all boil down to work. If I can write again then I can be happy again. I know I will put off doing it for fear it has all been drained out of me, although I don't for a moment believe that. Indeed, I feel the stirring of some power." -- John Steinbeck to...
February 27, 2009 Washington, DC Another two-fer Big Read birthday today -- Happy Birthday to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807) and John Steinbeck (1902).
February 26, 2009 Washington, DC I remember how thrilling it was to learn how to cross the high-traffic Merrick Boulevard by myself when I was a second grader. (I also remember that when my mother let me cross the street by myself to go to ballet lessons, I made my teacher call her to make sure it...
February 25, 2009 Washington, DC The 81st Academy Awards are already receding into the distant past -- who knew Anne Hathaway could sing!?! -- but still it's worth noting that four film versions of Big Read titles have received Best Picture noms. A Farewell to Arms (1931-32), The Grapes of Wrath (...
August 27, 2008 Washington, DC 25 states. 15 days. 8 novels. 2 countries. 1 Ford Escape Hybrid. 1 seriously saddle-sore G-man. The Big Read initiative will hit the highway Sept. 12-27 for the Big Ride, a fortnight of events around the country designed to stitch together more than a dozen of the two...
May 7, 2008 Delaware Valley, PA Do you know the term "run of show"? It's performers' lingo for the printed rundown of every segment in any given revue, vaudeville bill, or other raree show. Submitted below, with abiding gratitude and wonderment, is an annotated run of show for last Friday's kickoff...
March 21, 2008 Washington, DC Lately, politicians and pundits agree that America seems reluctant to talk about racism in any but the most sensationalistic terms. They're not wrong, either. Quietly though, one city and town at a time, a nationwide program called The Big Read is starting to help...
February 15, 2008 Washington, DC Things ain?t what they used to be. Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise. The Dodgers leaving Vero Beach. Warren Zevon dead. Reading down. The list goes on. There?s a word for this type of melancholy, and it isn?t griping. It?s elegy, from the Greek elegos , meaning a...
July 13, 2007 Washington, DC I hate to deluge the Communications office with yet another post, but by the clock on the wall, it's time for Uncle David to dip into the ol' mailbag and see what you blog fans out there in cyberland are exercised about. Turns out there's a fascinating letter from...
June 8, 2007 Washington, DC Bloggers are a gaggle of ignorant blowhards. They are! All you have to do is speak ill of them and they fall all over themselves squawking about it, guaranteeing scads of free publicity to the unwary offender. There's no surer ticket to instant notoriety this side of the...

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