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The Grapes of Wrath

April 27, 2007 Miami, Florida "And God keeps his appointment with Miami every sundown. Berthed on the east of Biscayne Bay, I can look to the western side, which I never fail to come top-side and do around sunset. Thus I get the benefit of his slashing paint brush all the way?The show is changed...
April 26, 2007 Stillwater, Oklahoma I bring this up because I'm about to blog about one of the better Big Reads I've seen in my travels so far, specifically The Grapes of Wrath in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, I visited Stillwater a couple of weeks ago. In my defense, I had just blogged the...
April 4, 2007 Kansas City, Kansas Please let me get this down before I forget too much of it. I just flew into Kansas City, Missouri, and rented a car from Janna at the Alamo counter, who noticed my Post-It-festooned Grapes of Wrath paperback and proceeded to fill me in on her classics-loving...
April 2, 2007 Norman, Oklahoma With cityreads, somehow everything just seems to go right the first time: A whole town comes together around the right book. That last-minute substitute speaker turns out to be better than the original would've. Strangers become partners and, stealthily, friends...
March 26, 2007 Galesburg, Illinois Reading a book with your neighbors, as the Big Read encourages people to do, is like seeing a movie with a live audience. It's the exception. More people will always read alone than in a group, just as more people nowadays watch movies by themselves than with a...
February 13, 2007 Melbourne, Arkansas "In a culture that now seems long ago and far, far away, T.S. Eliot was a rock star. The poet made the cover of Time magazine in 1950, and several years later 14,000 people turned out in Minnesota to listen to him talk about "The Frontiers of Criticism." --...
January 23, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon For, generally, the writer believes that long after the best road of his day has been supplanted by a straighter and wider one, and long after the highest building has crumbled with time or been blown to bits by air bombs, this book will remain. And the makers of...
January 22, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon ENTERPRISE...(3,755 alt., 1,379 pop.), living up to its name, is the bustling trade center for ranchers in the Wallowa Valley. . . -- Oregon: End of the Trail, The WPA Guide , 1934 Forgive another dateline opener, but this one's just too good to pass up: I'm...

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