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John Steinbeck
“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”
John Steinbeck

David Foster Wallace
“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Aleksandar Hemon
“I spotted a can in the corner whose red label read SADNESS. Was there so much of it they could can it and sell it? A bolt of pain went through my intestines before I realized that it was not SADNESS but SARDINES.”
Aleksandar Hemon

Jacques Ellul
“Enclosed within his artificial creation, man finds that there is "no exit"; that he cannot pierce the shell of technology again to find the ancient milieu to which he was adapted for hundreds of thousands of years. . . . In our cities there is no more day or night or heat or cold. But there is overpopulation, thralldom to press and television, total absence of purpose. All men are constrained by means external to them to ends equally external. The further the technical mechanism develops that allows us to escape natural necessity, the more we are subjected to artificial technical necessities.”
Jacques Ellul

John Steinbeck
“For how can one know color in perpetual green, and what good is warmth without cold to give it sweetness?”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

186163 The Mookse and the Gripes — 797 members — last activity 19 hours, 14 min ago
Forum for spirited and convivial discussion of fiction from around the world, with particular though not exclusive focus on 20th and 21st century fict ...more
109617 Diversity in All Forms! — 1609 members — last activity May 27, 2020 03:59PM
This book club will engage participants on a variety of culturally relevant topics that have included (but are not limited to): ethnicity/race, countr ...more
100590 The Thomas Mann Group — 218 members — last activity Apr 01, 2020 06:31PM
Members of Kindred Spirits and other interested GR members read the works of Thomas Mann. Our next scheduled read is The Magic Mountain, taking plac ...more
4810 Steinbeck fans — 263 members — last activity Sep 27, 2019 07:27AM
Anyone who appreciates good, solid Steinbeck writing is encouraged to join. I would love to meet more people who love his writing and want to talk abo ...more
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A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
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