The Barbarian’s Book Review: Ghosts of Tom Joad, by Peter Van Buren

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Set in a fictional small town in Ohio, home of a shuttered glass factory and a shattered American Dream, the protagonist, Earl, is a high school football player who graduated around 1977. He’s not exactly a sympathetic character, at least not to me. He’s basically an ignorant jock who did as little school work as possible, then dropped out after he got hurt in the middle of dumb teenage jock roughhousing, couldn’t play anymore, and went to work in the same factory where his World War II vet grandpa and his Korean War vet dad had worked before him.


Pigs: The More Wealth One Accumulates, the More Complicated Life Can Become

By: Friday June 20, 2014 4:42 pm

Don’t we all know it? The more wealth one accumulates, the more complicated life can become.

Luckily, if you’re among the 1 percent, you are not alone. Repeat that: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are people ready to help you with the complications of owning more than 99 percent of your fellow citizens.

One such resource in your time of need is Bessemer Trust, a “Private Client Wealth Management” company.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Peter Van Buren, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent (novel)

By: Saturday May 24, 2014 1:59 pm

Anyone who has not endured the story told in Ghosts of Tom Joad is privileged, overwhelmingly. But they likely live with the fear that at any moment they could be in Earl’s shoes.

Come Yell at Me in Person, or via Live Chat (Boston, Washington DC and here on FDL!)

By: Friday May 16, 2014 2:05 pm

I’m going to be exercising my First Amendment rights and traveling over the next few days, and invite all FDL readers to join me in Boston on May 16 and Washington DC on May 20.

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