Steinbeck thinks he can dignify low-class crap with poetic language and is probably the prototype of modern degenerates. I don't care if someone's using beautiful words to describe a brothel, it's still a brothel. Maybe that's supposed to be his "genius", but if so, then my opinion of literature just dropped another notch. When he gets away from his "social commentary through style" and just tells a story about ordinary people, he's pretty decent, I guess. I like Of Mice and Men and most of East of Eden.I only came to realize I actually like Steinbeck when I read him recently.