Of Mice, Men, and Gloves Fulla Vaseline

Column by Peter Derk March 9, 2018
Are you still horrified and curious when it comes to the "glove fulla Vaseline" in "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck? Me too. Which is why I decided to do something about it.

Voices From the Red-Light District: 10 Books About Prostitutes

Column by Leah Dearborn
How writers choose to describe prostitution and those who engage in it can reveal a lot about gender dynamics and cultural attitudes towards sex.

4 Great Literary Moms

Column by Ed Sikov May 7, 2015
A brief survey of that peculiar and rare literary character: the good mother.

Culling The Classics: The Grapes of Wrath

Column by Brian McGackin August 8, 2014
Sifting through history, one classic at a time.

Storyville: Death in Fiction

Column by Richard Thomas May 6, 2014
Death in fiction — who, what, when, where and why.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath

Penguin To Celebrate "The Grapes of Wrath" Anniversary With Cross-Country Tour

News by Christopher Shultz
In honor of John Steinback's novel— which turns 75 next year— Penguin plans to trek across Route 66, following the same path the Joads travel.
Steven Spielberg The Grapes of Wrath

Spielberg Looking to Produce New Version of ‘Grapes of Wrath’

News by Dean Fetzer July 5, 2013
As the 75th anniversary of the John Steinbeck novel approaches, it looks like the director has pulled the rights out from under everyone else.

Literature's Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths

Column by Kimberly Turner June 7, 2013
These characters will dazzle you with wit and charm, then destroy you without remorse. Meet literature's ten most disturbing sociopaths...
Controversy Over Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize

Controversy Over Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Resurfaces

News by Dean Fetzer January 7, 2013
Opening of the Swedish Academy archives suggests John Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize went to “the best of a bad lot”.