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Monday, April 14, 2014
U.S. novelist John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) is pictured in January 1930. "The Grapes of Wrath" was published April 14, 1939. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Circa 1895: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910) the novelist, who wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain. (Ernest H. Mills/Getty Images)

“The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1″ was published in 2010, 100 years after Twain’s death, per his request.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in a scene from "The Great Gatsby." (AP/Warner Bros. Pictures)

As the sixth film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” opens in theaters across the country, literary critic Steve Almond says he re-reads the book every summer.

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Monday, November 5, 2012
Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting. (Miramax)

Steve Almond takes a look at how dialects and accents are used in books from Irvin Welsh’s new novel “Skagboys” to Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

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Monday, September 17, 2012
NY Times best selling author Glenn Beck autographs books in 2008. (AP)

A new survey by Amazon finds that Americans are reading far more right-leaning or “red” books.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
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From the “Summertime” remix by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince to Kinnie Starr’s “Praise,” listeners share their favorite summer songs.

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Artist Chuck Prophet, whose song "Summertime Thing" is one of Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond's summer favorites. (Chuck Prophet Facebook)

For our literary critic Steve Almond, Chuck Prophet’s “Summertime Thing” is a perfect summer song. “It just relaxes me,” he says. Tell us your favorite summer music.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond is skeptical of the emphasis put on the fiction Pulitzer. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

No Pulitzer in fiction? Good, says author Steve Almond, because people focus too much on the prize and not enough on the literature.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Steve Almond’s new short story collection looks at life in the U.S. “We got wars going on, we have people who are chasing dreams that they’re not going to live up to,” he says.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Author Ernest Hemingway is shown during a fishing trip in Sun Valley, Idaho, in the 1930's. (AP)

This coming Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. In recent years, Hemingway has been caricatured as an example of excessive machismo, but did that blunt his influence?

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Thursday, June 23, 2011
In this image taken Saturday, June 18, 2011 British singer Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade Serbia. Winehouse was booed and jeered during a concert in Serbia's capital as she stumbled onto the stage, mumbled through her songs and wandered off. (AP)

A new show, “This Has Been A Disaster, Thanks For Having Us,” channels rock musicians’ stories of concerts gone bad, equipment gone missing and crushingly bad reviews.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Writers from Erma Bombeck to Anne Lamott have confessed to harboring dark thoughts about their children, even though they loved them dearly. Psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Almond calls it the hidden side of motherhood, and says mothers should be open about it.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond has some suggestions for good books to cuddle up with as winter approaches.

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Monday, October 25, 2010
Candidates for Florida governor Alex Sink, left, and Rick Scott meet for their first face-to-face debate Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 in Miami. (AP)

In The Homestretch, Florida Gov. Candidates Make Final Impressions, The Foreclosure Crisis Could Lead To Title Insurance Mayhem, The Fishy Cases Of Some Japanese Centenarians, Power Of The Tweeter: Companies Cave To Anti-Social Media Campaigns, Mark Twain Still Sells 100 Years After His Death

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Pros And Cons Of Renting Vs. Buying, The Downside Of Air Conditioning, Obama Administration Deports Record Number Of Illegal Immigrants, From Hanson To An Afghani-American Voice: Listeners Share Summer Music Picks

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Monday, June 28, 2010
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., on Capitol Hill in Washington in May 2010. (AP)

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gun Ban As Kagan Nomination Hearings Begin, Mother Searches For Bone Marrow Match For Multi-Racial Son, Reflects On Challenges, Senator Robert Byrd Dies At 92, Study Shows Potentially-Harmful ‘BPA’ Chemical In Most Canned Food And Drink

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Monday, June 28, 2010
Drew Smith's Lonely Choir performing at Momo's in Austin, Tx. (austdan/Flickr)

We want to know what’s on your playlist this summer, but to start us off, we asked Here and Now literary critic and self-confessed, drooling, fanatic rock fan Steve Almond what’s tickling his ears.

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Friday, April 23, 2010
California schools chief Jack O'Connell gestures to a sign indicating that nearly 22,000 teachers could potentially be receiving layoff notices due to budgets cuts, Monday,  March 15, 2010. (AP)

Senators Put Credit Ratings Agencies In Hot Seat, Teachers Nationwide Face Layoffs & A Way To Tackle The Racial Achievement Gap, Deadline Approaches On Arizona Immigration Law, Listener Letters, Looking Back On A Telescoping Hoax, The Bright Young Stars Of The Classical World

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Friday, April 9, 2010
Steve Almond is the author of the new book, "Rock and Roll Will Safe Your Life." (Courtesy Stephen SetteDucat)

Author Steve Almond is a self-proclaimed “drooling fanatic” when it comes to Rock and Roll. Read an excerpt from his new book.

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Friday, April 9, 2010
In this Sept. 1967 file photo, Harvey Korman holds the face of Carol Burnett during a routine on "The Carol Burnett Show."(AP)

Supreme Court Justice Stevens Announces Retirement, ‘Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life’, Russia, US Watch Unrest In Kyrgyzstan, Diplomat To Be Sent Back To Qatar, Carol Burnett Reflects On A Lifetime In Comedy

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