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Steinbeck left his summer place in Sag Harbor, N.Y., on Sept. 23, 1960.
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Sag Harbor sidewalks Sept. 22, 2010.

“Charley” & America in Pictures

In the fall of 2010, when I retraced the road trip John Steinbeck made for his bestseller “Travels With Charley,” I took nearly 2,000 pictures of America and Americans.I took snapshots of people I met, places I went or things I thought were interesting, pretty, funny or stupid. I photographed many places Steinbeck mentions in “Travels With Charley” as well as hotels and homes he stayed at while on his 1960 journey.

Some of my photos are pretty good, some are blurry or kind of crazy. Many were taken through my car windows at 70 mph.

Collectively they help me tell the true story of “Travels With Charley” and provide a hint of the beautiful country and good people I saw on my high-speed dash down the Steinbeck Highway.

One Response to Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor

  1. Saepudin says:

    I suppose the best we can hope for is that the writer of the article is being less than honest (kidding). I really appreciate this post because it’s given me food for thought this afternoon. I was going to joke about second-thinking Chaucer in light of this, but I also recall the controversy over Carlos Castaneda’s experiences. I also wonder about Steinbeck’s illness coming into play or what his intentions might have actually been and how they may have been derailed. Not defending, just wondering. This is also probably a good time to remind you that I’m not really a hippie, despite the fact that I just referenced Castaneda. Thanks for a thought-provoking piece. I really appreciate the distraction, although my employer probably doesn’t.