East of Eden, in California

John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' is possibly my favorite book I have ever encountered. It is remarkable in its broad scope of insight into the human condition, following several generations' struggles with good and evil, in particular the way these conflicts unfold within themselves as individuals and in relationships. Steinbeck writes with a gritty spiritual …

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Selection from Brian Doyle’s “The Wet Engine”

"So much held in a heart in a lifetime. So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment. We are utterly open with no one in the end —not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone …

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