Occupy Wall Street and Steinbeck in Leather

This New York Times piece was published in 1997. I can only imagine what Springsteen is writing these days in light of the Occupy Wall Street and I Am the 99% movements. Let's hear it.

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.

Sounds like a phrase out of Occupy Wall Street. It is from John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” published in 1939.

They are the 1 percent. They are the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry. They are the important ones. They need help and get bailed out and are praised as job creators. We need help and get nothing and are called entitled. We live in a society made for them, not for us. It’s their world, not ours. If we’re lucky, they’ll let us work in it so long as we don’t question the extent of their charity.

This is from Tumblr’s 99% blog.

Springsteen adopted the protagonist Tom Joad from “Grapes” in his “Ghost of Tom Joad” album. With two young children, a full-time job and a house to tend to, it is the only Springsteen tour I was unable to attend.

I’m catching up on my Springsteen/Steinbeck lesson. I’m reading “Grapes,” checked out my frail copy <a href="“>of “Steinbeck in Leather,” devouring information about Occupy Wall Street, crying over Tumblr’s 99% blog, and trying to assist in helping the victims of the Schoharie County floods. I’m in full catch-up mode, and hope to encourage others to learn, occupy and help out.


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