Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Grapes of Wrath readalong: Mmmm, wrathy grapes


Ohhhh, Steinbeck. What happened to us? We used to be so close. I was 13. You were . . . never mind that. But, oh! The times we had. First, you made me sad with Of Mice and Men. Then you made me sad with The Red Pony. THEN you made me sad with The Pearl. And then you made me REALLY sad with East of Eden. I don't remember all the details, Steinbeck, but the ANGST . . . you totally got me.

You and I have always been like . . .
I stayed away from all things Steinbeck for a looooong time (basically the entirety of my adult life thus far) . . . because angst. It's exhausting.

But here I am, about to read The Grapes of Wrath for the first time, with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite months. And there will be sad GIFs and angry grapes, and I'm sure also a new-found adult appreciation for Steinbeck that isn't based solely on hormones.

What? I didn't say NO hormones. *swoon*

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for swooning! I was hoping this wasn't just some weird crush that only I would have, but Steinbeck looooove!

    There will be angst. And righteous indignation. And big sads. But we will get through it together! With many many sad gifs to help us.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am nervous of the angst. I need to start collecting sad gifs. Or maybe super happy gifs to combat the inevitable sadness. And now I have a whole new set of fears going into this readalong...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Smells like teen angst INDEED.


    This'll be awesome. Even if we cry all the time WE WILL HAVE EACH OTHER.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You always notice my labels. You're a GOOD friend, Alice.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm a little nervous too...I mean, what if we CRY? What if we CRY on public transportation?

    ReplyDelete
  6. CHANDLER GIF! Now I feel the need to watch Friends videos on Youtube for hours on end... Starting with this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEZRApOIEXk&feature=related

    If People Magazine had existed in Ye Olden Days, I imagine that Steinbeck and Hemingway would always be on the covers and that they would be in a constant feud. There would be lots of "a source close to Ernest told us that he sometimes gets drunk and prank calls John. Despite their literary animosity, the source tells us that Steinbeck is deeply concerned about Hemingway and hopes he'll reach out for help soon."

    ...This is apparently what I think about on a Tuesday night.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lookit him, brooding. The man has thoughts. Eep, angst! Everyone remember to paint their nails black!

    ReplyDelete
  8. To my chagrin, I still have not read any Steinbeck - and still can't because I'm trying to catch up on all my reading for school :( :( :( You're going to have to counteract all the angst with happier Friends episodes!

    ReplyDelete
  9. He broods beautifully doesn't he? Probably contemplating seedless grapes.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Boooooo! Who's gonna draw us pictures of sad people and angry grapes?!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, look at you! Reading ALL THE Steinbeck!
    I've decided crying is totally worth it just to see all the gifs.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Also, is that your puppy in your blog header??!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This fictional feud between Ernest and John is my new favorite thing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That IS my puppy! Well, one of them. I also have a Boston terrier...but she doesn't read.

    ReplyDelete
  15. And what breed is puppy?? She/he/it is ADORABLE!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Aw, thanks! His name is Paco, and he's a pit/lab mix...we think.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow, look at you! Reading ALL THE Steinbeck!
    I've decided crying is totally worth it just to see all the gifs.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Also, is that your puppy in your blog header??!

    ReplyDelete