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. We all had a word with her, and though she had not received our card, Guy promised to send the gift he purchased yesterday, first of the week. Jason said a few words, and watched Elia Kazan's adaptation of John Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN on his favorite TCM Channel.
The phone fest interrupted my computer activity, and so, I ended up watching the rest of EAST OF EDEN, followed by John Ford's motion picture version of Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH. I had not seen either film in a number of years, my admiration for each was greatly increased. EAST OF EDEN was in an excellent print, and came closer to making sense of the sprawling novel than I remembered, though it utilized only a small portion of the work.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH has always been regarded as a classic, both in literary and cinematic terms, despite rightwing attacks in academia to bring Steinbeck's reputation down. One can observe, seeing the hatred of the most virolent 1%, how the novel's message made Steinbeck a target. And that message is even more relevant today. We are all in danger of becoming "Okies" now: Losing homes, searching for work, wandering the landscape, taking paycuts, being attacked by police and paid private agents, rounded up for loitering or expressing unpopular ideas . . . .
Our "Dust Bowl" is not quite here yet, but it's coming.
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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