They are as much alike as they are different.

One was the son of a physician and died from alcoholism. The other was born to a liquor salesman and died a teetotaler. They are often confused for one another even though they are unrelated. One once worked for the other one as a janitor.

They were both two of the finest writers in American history and helped shape our laws, our customs and our national identity. Both are loved and hated.

They were American critics and this country gave them plenty of fuel for their fiery prose.

They won the greatest prizes given authors, had numerous best sellers and their books were made into movies.

Together they are Sinclair Squared.

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's A Sinclair Love Fest!

Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! is out in a new paperback version in stores. Penguin Books has a great new edition available.It is a fab read, the story timeless, with plenty of sex, violence and greed, everything that sells. It's even got religion and rivals today's Hollywood for scandal. The only thing that might turn people off is that the book supports the working poor and they are never popular.

The Guardian calls it forgotten treasure!

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Sinclair's Work Is Never Done

It is time to re-read The Jungle. Those meat folks are at it again. Or then there is the cow's perspective compliments of James Agee.

Sunday, February 17, 2008