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An Economic Portrait of America circa 1935
What picture does Steinbeck draw for us in The Grapes of Wrath of the world in terms of God’s place in it, nature, human nature, and the artifices in place before the Great Depression and the artifices that needed to be changed in response to the Great Depression?
Anytime anyone reads something about 2015 and police brutality, they should also have read two articles: The Front Lines of Ferguson by Rembert Browne (in Grantland) and The Year We Obsessed Over Identity by Wesley Morris (in the NY Times). Great reads!
On your second point, James Wood has basically an entire chapter in How Fiction Works on using just enough detail to “get a character walking.” Very much along the lines of using concretion to get a story walking. He also says, in a chapter on detail, to use details that “draw abstraction towards itself then seems to kill that abstraction with a puff of palpability.”
Totally helpful is How Fiction Works by James Wood! A must read and only like 200 little pages.