Arts, Entertainment, Living

'Dogging Steinbeck' -- A True Book

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 01:00 AM Written by

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For half a century, we were told John Steinbeck's beloved road book "Travels With Charley in Search of America" was a work of nonfiction. It wasn't.

As former Post-Gazette staffer Bill Steigerwald proved on the road and in libraries during 2010, Steinbeck's iconic bestseller was a literary fraud. It was not a true or honest account of the cross-country trip Steinbeck made in the fall of 1960. It was mostly fiction and lies.

"Dogging Steinbeck" is Steigerwald's new ebook.

Part literary detective story, part American travel book, part history book, part book review, part critique of the mainstream media, part primer in drive-by journalism, mini-Steinbeck bio, it is the true story of his own 11,276-mile road trip across America and how he stumbled upon the truth about Steinbeck's last major work, ruffled the PH.Ds of some top Steinbeck scholars and forced the publisher of "Charley" to tell readers the book was too fictionalized to be taken literally.

"Dogging Steinbeck" is for sale on Amazon.com for $6.99 -- only $2.04 more than what Steinbeck's hardback sold for in 1962 when the U.S. dollar was worth about seven times more than it is today.

Anyone who's interested in John Steinbeck, the truth about "Travels With Charley" and how much America has changed in the last half century America should read it, Steigerwald's mother says, and help him recover the costs of his two year adventure.

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Bill Steigerwald

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A “Travels With Charley” Timeline.

“America Looks Good From Steinbeck’s Highway” is the last of eight print-side travel stories I wrote in 2010 for the Post-Gazette.

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'Life Unexpected' takes an expedient path

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

LU202-9264bSo here's the thing about The CW's "Life Unexpected," returning tonight at 9 on WPCW for its second season: It's a show I want to like but the writers keep shooting themselves in the foot.

"Life" is not terrible but it's also not more than the sum of its parts. It's parts aren't half-bad: Teen foster kid reconnects with birth parents who haven't spoken since the night she was conceived. Mom is engaged to her co-worker; Dad is a slacker scamp. Love triangle between Mom (Shiri Appleby as Cate), Dad (Christopher Pohala as Baze) and Mom's Beau (Kerr Smith as Ryan) ensues.

And this is where the show starts to run off the rails. Read more (including a possible spoiler, you've been warned) after the jump. ...

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Halo-philes Line Up Early

Monday, 13 September 2010 11:29 PM Written by

I happen to pass by the Brentwood Square Gamestop this evening and saw that gamers were already lined up to get their copy of Halo Reach, and it was only 6:30!  This may be a tad excessive, but it shows, not surprisingly, that this is going to be a huge release for the 360.  

Lining up this early may have been a smart move five years ago, but nowadays with the help of pre-orders and huge shipment quantities gamers are almost always guaranteed a copy if they show up for a midnight release.  It's a DVD, not an iPhone or new console.  Microsoft shipped plenty so nearly every fan can leave the store satisfied, but I guess superfans will be superfans.

Stay tuned this week for the Halo: Reach review.

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Robin Rogers -- "Back in the Fire"

Monday, 13 September 2010 09:00 PM Written by

I don't know how many of you have heard, or heard of, Robin Rogers. She went national with her first Blind Pig CD,  "Treat Me Right,"  a scorching album full of her lusty vocals and sensual stylings.

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'Parenthood' prepares for second chance

Monday, 13 September 2010 12:00 AM Written by

Parenthood_castUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- NBC’s “Parenthood” (10 p.m. Tuesday, WPXI) debuted in March, bringing some much-needed grown-up drama back to NBC’s 10 p.m. time slot after “The Jay Leno Show” debacle.

The series definitely found its legs in those first 13 episodes and an audience of viewers who used to regularly flock to NBC’s upscale, quality series. But ratings were only so-so and the network needs “Parenthood’s” ratings to grow up.

Read more after the jump. ...

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Harp blowout explodes with the blues

Sunday, 12 September 2010 09:00 PM Written by


Billy Branch, left, James Harmon and Mark Hummel. (Jim White photo)


I could tell you that I enjoyed the blues harp blowout at the Thunderbird Cafe on Friday night, but that wouldn't be true. I loved it. A night of splendid blues.

Mark Hummel (Jim White photo)

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PSA spoof: 'Save Betty White'

Sunday, 12 September 2010 04:36 PM Written by

Grandchildren unite to film a PSA begging Hollywood not to overwork the legendary Betty White. Video after the jump. ...

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TV Q&A with Rob Owen
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This week’s TV Q&A (after the “Read more” jump below) responds to questions about “Persons Unknown,” “Little People Big World” and TV shows on demand. As always, thanks for reading, and keep the questions coming.
Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV writer

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