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By John Steinbeck

Greater than 3 many years after his dying, John Steinbeck is still one of many nation's so much liked authors. but few recognize of his occupation as a journalist who coated international occasions from the good melancholy to Vietnam. Now, this unique assortment deals a portrait of the artist as citizen, deeply engaged on this planet round him. as well as the whole textual content of Steinbeck's final released publication, America and Americans, this quantity brings jointly for the 1st time greater than fifty of Steinbeck's most interesting essays and jouralistic items.

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Stealing a few hours from their busy schedules, the couple had battled bridge and tunnel traffic to fill their car with Filipino groceries, and they grabbed a sentimen44 EAT (ETHNIC)! EAT (AMERICAN)! tal home-style meal in the process. I imagined them orchestrating a show-and-tell dinner for their Filipino and non-Filipino colleagues, celebrating their culinary roots. With their unaccented American English and fluency in Tagalog, the couple embodied Phil-Am: bicultural, at ease in two worlds. Inevitably, the outsiders grabbed our attention.

The usual expletives are inadequate to the occasion. Fortunately, the main dish can be stretched by treating Adam to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in front of the TV in his room. I drop a few more imperfectly caramelized onions and a can of potatoes into the frying pan. Reaching for an extra je ne sais quoi, I add a splash of dry vermouth, an extra shake of thyme, and a decorative camouflage of chopped parsley. For the rest, I’m on automatic: green salad, espresso, chocolate mints, and cognac.

Try as I always did, 28 THE PENULTIMATE PASSOVER it was difficult to resist joining him for the moment of release represented by his final, operatic hallelujahs. The Party of Modernization, aggressively captained by Gerry, advocated a participatory ethos and practice. So the chanting I did not understand and therefore did not mind was balanced by a round of readings in English—an English convoluted enough to confound its revelations of God’s mysterious and wondrous ways. How was it, I would inquire of no one in particular, that He who had been so vigilant on behalf of the Jews when they were slaves in Egypt could have slept so soundly during our darkest hours in twentieth-century Europe?

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