• Author Interview: Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent

    January 13, 2014

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    An interview with Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent author Peter Van Buren, tracing the evolution of his book from John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, through Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello.

    The still photos in the video were taken by the author during his research travels throughout the Midwest. One location, Mingo Junction, Ohio, is famous as the shooting location for the factory scenes in Michael Cimino’s movie, The Deer Hunter. That factory, like most in the area, is now abandoned, so unneeded and unwanted that no one even bothered to tear it down.

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      Books like this will be banned under the rule of Lord Humongous Christie as a clear and present danger to the ruling class.

      01/13/14 6:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Lafcadio said...


      I actually used to go carp fishing in Mingo Junction as a kid.

      At least the water is cleaner now.

      01/15/14 11:32 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...



      Need a title for a new book? How about the “Ghosts of Dirty Deedy.” Ex-cop defends himself when some guy throws popcorn at him in a movie theater.

      Reeves’ attorney, Richard Escobar, argued that his client should be released because of his deep ties to the community.

      “The ex-cop’s lawyer said the probable cause document was “quite weak” and that Reeves was defending himself.

      “The alleged victim attacked him,” Escobar said, adding that Oulson threw something, possibly popcorn, at Reeves. “At that point in time he has every right to defend himself.”

      The judge said that throwing “an unknown object does not equal taking out a gun” and shooting someone.”

      Translation: You aren’t in Hawaii anymore.

      01/15/14 12:46 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Nice video Peter. Although, I have a small critique.

      Your video suffers from the same affliction 99% of DIY youtube videos. The AUDIO. It sucks. The problem is the acoustics of normal rooms and the use of a mic distant from the source..ie..your mouth. The actual culprit is called Comb-Filtering, and it devastates the clarity of speech in normal rooms. It’s caused by reflections off of the room boundaries arriving at the mic a few milliseconds after the direct sound. This causes cancellations of frequencies in the speech range. This manifests as a “muddy” sound where you actually hear the ROOM instead of clear speech. Next time, use a mic that rejects sound from the rear, and place it closer to your mouth. However, if the need arises where you are producing a video in a professional context..find a VOICE OVER studio and rent time.

      Ok, lecture over. Back to our usual.

      Rich said: quote:”Translation: You aren’t in Hawaii anymore.”unquote

      Hahahahahahaha! Unbelievable. That ex-cop tried to use the Florida “stand your ground” copout with popcorn thrown in his face as the excuse. This murderer is goin down. And wait till his cell mates find out he’s an ex-sheriff. But he knows, and I bet he’s more than worried. He should be. He might even end up bunk mates with one of his former “acquaintances”. He should only be that lucky.

      01/15/14 1:51 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      I hear you Pitch. In order to get my mug into the video I had to use the only camera handy so the sound is crap. The other videos have much clearer sound, and you don’t see my face. Double plus bonus.

      01/15/14 2:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “He might even end up bunk mates with one of his former “acquaintances”. He should only be that lucky.”

      Talk about Dirty Deedy. Well, do you feel “licky”, punk?

      01/15/14 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Peter said:”I hear you Pitch.”unquote

      Hahahahhahahahaha! Puns. I love em.

      quote”The other videos have much clearer sound, and you don’t see my face. Double plus bonus.”unquote

      Speaking of your face, I could have sworn that was you behind the midget. 🙂

      01/15/14 6:30 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Rich said:

      “Talk about Dirty Deedy. Well, do you feel “licky”, punk?”

      Hahahahaha! Punk indeed. Heard any news about Deedy lately?

      01/15/14 6:32 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      The Dirty Deedy news has been overshadowed by the Benghazi news that Steven’s death and the others could have been prevented if DS wasn’t run by idiots who blew the security assessment…which totally clears Hillary.

      01/15/14 10:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Speaking of the bitch and her chances in 2016, been busy working on PVB’s 2016 platform. So far we all agree on MJ:


      01/15/14 10:22 PM | Comment Link

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      01/15/14 10:32 PM | Comment Link

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