Where's the Great Art from the Great Recession?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Great Depression produced some of the greatest novelists in United States history: John Steinbeck, John Dos Passos, Zora Neale Hurston, Nathanael West. In 2011, as the U.S. recovers from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, our next guest wonders why the Great Recession hasn't yet generated a book like "The Grapes of Wrath." Michael Goldfarb is a freelance reporter. His article, "Where Are Today's Steinbecks?" appeared on the BBC.

We've also been asking listeners: what is the title of your great recession novel? 

Susanna King from Aiken, S.C., gave this response: "8 Months and Counting" — The story of an unemployed 40-something couple looking for work, unable to move because they're upside-down on their mortgage.


Michael Goldfarb

Produced by:

Noel King and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]


"So why do writers and artists seem uninterested in the human toll of this terrifying downturn"? Could it be the same reason there is not much antiwar agitprop art work around today like there was just a few years ago? Do humanitarian concerns take a back seat to a prevailing political agenda?

May. 17 2011 11:29 AM


Check it out ;-)

May. 17 2011 08:29 AM
James Goodman

We are still smack in the middle of it. Our "crash" came in the fall of 2008, even if the recession began in late 2007. The Grapes of Wrath was published ten years after the stock market crash of 1929. Take a deep breath. It takes time and at least some distance to write a good novel or produce any other kind of art. Give the poor novelists some time.

May. 17 2011 08:03 AM

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