Buddhism the Jack Kerouac Way: A South Korean Templestay

By Ailsa Ross Jack Kerouac’s novel, The Dharma Bums, is so full of sweet words and joy that every line […]

Robinson Jeffers: The Poet and Stone Mason of Tor House

By Victor A. Walsh Carmel by the Sea was a wild, sparsely populated place when the California poet Robinson Jeffers […]

Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck on the Californian Coast

By Kat Clay The moment I saw him I knew he was the man I would marry. A twenty-minute conversation […]

Woman Gone ‘Wild’: Cheryl Strayed Traveling Solo

By Amanda Festa  In her memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed hikes 1,100 […]

John Muir and the Family Ranch in Martinez

John Muir was the prophet of a new order that looked to nature for guidance and inspiration. His legacy, along with creating national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia, was largely literary — the classics he left to posterity about the wonders of nature and its importance to mankind; indeed, to all life. That legacy, born and nurtured from sustained contact with nature, bore fruition during his life at the Strentzel ranch in Martinez.

Tao House, Eugene O’Neill’s “Final Harbor”

By Victor A. Walsh As the shuttle bus edges up the last grade of the gated private road, the morning […]

A Meeting of Minds: John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts at the Lab in Monterey

by Victor A. Walsh In the gray light of early morning, the weathered, batten board building stands like a phantom […]

Vladimir Nabokov in the Grand Canyon & the Discovery of Butterfly Neonympha

by Lois Kapila “I am driving off to California to-morrow with butterfly-nets, manuscripts and a new set of teeth.” ~Nabokov, […]

Jack London: The American Karl Marx

Called the “Boy Socialist: and the “American Karl Marx,” Jack London succeeded so well as a writer under the capitalistic system that he could afford to build a “palace for his pigs,” to popularize the sport of surfing, and to show off his bridge of artificial teeth to huge crowds. In addition to being one of the highest paid writers of his time, Jack London also ran for Mayor of Oakland twice and was pushed to run for the presidency — all on the Socialist ticket.

Visiting The National Steinbeck Center

The National Steinbeck Center is located at One Main Street in Salinas, California. The Center incorporates Steinbeck’s work into tactile, interactive exhibits. You can watch film excerpts, listen to recollections from Steinbeck’s family and friends, view Doc’s bed, braid The Red Pony’s mane, and feel the characters’ hats from Of Mice and Men.