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Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:53 PM

 

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck!

"We find after years of struggle that we do not take the trip; the trip takes us."

One of America's most profound thinkers.

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Reply Happy Birthday John Steinbeck! (Original post)
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 OP
DefenseLawyer Feb 2014 #1
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #2
ananda Feb 2014 #3
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #6
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2014 #4
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #5
femmocrat Feb 2014 #7
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #10
hunter Feb 2014 #8
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #9
Stargleamer Feb 2014 #11
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #12
LostOne4Ever Feb 2014 #13
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #14
Morning Dew Feb 2014 #15
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #16
etherealtruth Feb 2014 #17

Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:00 PM

1. Maybe there ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue,

 

they's just what people does. Some things folks do is nice and some ain't so nice, and that's all any man's got a right to say.

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Response to DefenseLawyer (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:08 PM

2. "It has always seemed strange to me...

 

the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second."

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:12 PM

3. That was a great day, 112 years ago.

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Response to ananda (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:50 PM

6. It was.

 

Why we choose to elevate the worst scum on earth, while ignoring the truly great is the creating the mechanism of our demise.

Steinbeck, Guthrie, Seeger, Al Lewis, etc. all told us what was and what is. That we choose to ignore it and pretend that all is well, says so much more about us than we are ready to acknowledge.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:13 PM

4. "Young wolves, show us your teeth." John Steinbeck

 

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:27 PM

5. If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people.

 

They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.

What an amazing life and an pretty amazing man.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 10:58 PM

7. There is a fantastic Google doodle today showing his novels.

Check it out!

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 12:28 AM

10. I saw it and then made the mistake of clicking in here only to be greeted with Happy Birthday

 

Chelsea Clinton.


I don't know whether these people just don't know, or if they don't care.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 11:07 PM

8. A distant cousin of mine.

Not that it matters. Whatever is right is right, no matter who writes it.

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Response to hunter (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 12:16 AM

9. I think that would be so cool. My relatives are all murderers and thieves, albeit powerful

 

murders and thieves. I think being related to someone that significant would be great. Do you have any stories or anecdotes to share?

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 12:32 AM

11. Tom Joad Himself. . .

"Then I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be ever'where—wherever you look. Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there... I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad an'—I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready. An' when our folk eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they build—why, I'll be there."

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Response to Stargleamer (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 02:43 AM

12. Reading what he wrote in the times that he wrote it, and then looking at what we have become now,

 

isn't depression justified?

We're beset by morons on all sides, some call us friends and others call us enemies, but none of them seem to have any concept of what is, or could be, beyond the confines of their narrow little rooms.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 03:07 AM

13. Many of his works still haunt me

From the death of Lenny in of Mice and Men, to Kino and Juana returning home at the end of the pearl.

Very powerful stories.

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 04:10 AM

14. Where's that level today?

 

Steinbeck had a way to speak to everyone. All I find today is focus-group tested dreck mashed into a vaguely vanilla flavored slop, served up on a tin plate.

I've found writers with great ideas for telling great stories, but the actual words on the page are inadequate, at best. Like reading a paper written by a talented 12 year old.

Is it the publishing houses? The fact that no one wants to pay editors anymore? What?

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 04:42 AM

15. If I could only have one book, that book would be

East Of Eden.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 04:53 AM

16. Can't argue with that.

 

That old "pick one book forever" decision has always proved impossible for me. My choice changes form day to day, and just one always remains a problem.

Thanks for the reply.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:04 AM

17. "Before I knowed it .... "

" ... I was sayin' out loud, 'The hell with it! There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. "

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