No – Not The Movie

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I am a big fan of John Steinbeck – along with John Fowles, John Irving, John LeCarre … you get the drift. But for now let’s focus on Steinbeck. If you have never been to Salinas and paid homage to Mr. Steinbeck at ’The National Steinbeck Center’ … well you are just missing out.

In there you will find the other Rocinante …

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‘Uber’ is just one of the five topics that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy.


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Steinbeck uses the old ‘Dog ate my homework’ line …

I don’t know whether I told you. My setter pup, left alone one night, made confetti of about half of my [manuscript] book. Two months work to do over again. It sets me back. There was no other draft. I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically. I didn’t want to ruin a good dog for a ms. I’m not sure is good at all. He only got an ordinary spanking with his punishment flyswatter. But there’s the work to do over from the start.


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Living in a van – the new American Dream – of course –  few, if any, will come close to this experience;

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You could spend your youth grinding away at your job, paying rent and hating your life, or you could just say fuck it and move into a van.

… and write an magnum opus. (.. and no, I am not saying that Travels with Charley is Steinbeck’s greatest work – but I am saying that if most other people did – it would be theirs.)

[ Source : Vice ]