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The weather turned cool today, with promise of rain overnight.    This afternoon, Son Guy, Son Jason and I phoned Reno to wish Bunty Fraser a Happy Birthday. She has been weathering serious illness but sounded very chipper.  She and Daughter Miranda had just returned from lunch....
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Still his three films live on.  I re-read A. E. Housman’s poem “To an Athlete Dying Young,” but realized Dean had more self-knowledge than Housman’s athlete, as shown by the quotes below. James Dean Quotes Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. To my way of thinking, an actor...
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Yesterday's perhaps overlong quote was from East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. Sharon Walling named it. Congrats, Sharon! Today's quote is a pithy one that says a lot. It's by a contemporary woman writer: Death is just the last scene of the last act.
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Readers, of course, want the story, they want the author to get on base.  They don't care if it's a Texas-leaguer, one of those balls that bloop over the infielder's heads; a long single, left, right, or buzzing by the pitcher's head; a base on balls; or even if the writer gets hit by a pitch, they...
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The cub reporter asked Steinbeck over the telephone if he could interview him. It was 1948, and Bob Sparks was writing for the Monterey Peninsula College (California) student newspaper, El Yanqui. ``I'd like that, son,'' said Steinbeck, who had recently come from New York to the family's Pacific...
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Happy Birthday, James Dean, whose favorite book was "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and whose favorite poet was Federico Garcia Lorca. You are remembered for "East of Eden," "Rebel Without A Cause,"  and for having said this: "Only the Gentle are...
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California Writers Club (CWC) South Bay Branch 2008 East of Eden Writers Conference, An Extraordinary Event      Let’s hear another round of well-deserved applause for Edie Matthews, Kelly Harrison and all the other members of CWC South Bay Branch who made the recent East of Eden Writers Conference...
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Too much time has apparently passed since anyone took the time to deliver a postmortem groin kick to John Steinbeck. Forty years dead, Steinbeck has not been properly pilloried by the tweedy legion of East Coast ancients for a good long while. Fortunately, the author of the seminal work on George...