Sunday, February 8, 2009
This one got me thinking of Steinbeck
While in high school I was set builder and sound man (design and production) for our theatrical performances. The last play I worked on and fell in love with was "Of Mice and Men". Set in the depression, it was one of the great stories of friendship, compassion and innocence lost. Or, according to Steinbeck himself: "In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other."
Anyway, this barn appeared to me to be likely location for George and Lennie to have worked and slept. As for Steinbeck's observation about understanding each other? Still a great concept.