In 1955, Nobel laureate John Steinbeck wrote a hilarious letter to Marilyn Monroe requesting an autographed photo of the starlet preferably “in a pensive, girlish mood.” But the photo, he assured her, wasn’t for him. It was for his nephew. Yeah. Sure it was.

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Larry Alex Taunton is an author, cultural commentator, and freelance columnist contributing to USA TODAYFox NewsFirst ThingsThe AtlanticCNN, and The American Spectator.  In addition to being a frequent radio and television guest, he is also the author of The Grace Effect and The Gospel Coalition Arts and Culture Book of the Year, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. You can subscribe to his blog at

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