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Official Poster for John Dos Passos Society Conference in 2018

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It’s here! The official poster for the 2018 Conference of the John Dos Passos Society in Lisbon, Portugal. Join us as a contributing scholar or member of the public. Conference will be June 20-22 at the Geographical Society of Lisbon. Send an English-language abstract of 250-300 words and brief CV to both Aaron Shaheen and… Read more »

Farewell, Roslyn Targ

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Rest in peace Roslyn Targ, influential New York literary agent. She died a couple days ago at age 92. She faithfully represented the foreign rights of John Dos Passos, my grandfather, for many years. Now those rights are very capably represented by the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Dos Passos, Painterly Prose

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On this day, 1970, writer John Dos Passos died in Baltimore, MD. He and my grandmother had an apartment there. Critics who know Dos Passos least dismiss him as a Marxist, naturalist, or political pamphleteer. Those who know him best know he was a writer of many parts. 1919 is a brutal satire but it… Read more »

Dos Passos and Denia, Spain

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At the English cemetery of Denia, Spain, there is an inscribed stone marker with a poem by John Dos Passos, “How Fine to Die in Denia.” It’s rhetorical; my grandfather died in Baltimore. Dos Passos saw Denia during a 2-week trip along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, buy dostinex in usa from Christmas 1916 to… Read more »

Dos Passos and Hemingway in EMS World

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A truly fascinating perspective. I never would have expected a review of The Ambulance Drivers at the EMS World website. It’s lengthy and very interesting. Hemingway and Dos Passos were deeply affected by their experience as ambulance drivers in World War I. An excerpt: Much as Hemingway and Dos Passos may have been unaware of… Read more »

Innovation and the American Character

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I was reading an extended article in Vanity Fair on the U.S. Dept. of Energy and I came across a quote that reminds me of Dos Passos’ U.S.A. trilogy: “At any given time in America there are lots of seriously smart people with bold ideas that might change life as we know it—it may be… Read more »

The 42nd Parallel: Reader Response 2

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People have complained before that Dos Passos’ U.S.A. trilogy is hard to read, beyond just the length. I get it. Yes, the language is very plainspoken. You’re not gonna consult the dictionary except in cases of outdated slang. But one of the principal difficulties in tracking characters is that you have to follow both words… Read more »

The 42nd Parallel: Reader Response 1

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I’ve been re-reading The 42nd Parallel. It might be the 3rd or 4th reading. I’m nearly finished. With this reconsideration of the work, I was hoping to come into wisdom, and I think I did. I think it’s a novel about selling out. These strivers begin with idealism and potential and the sell out to… Read more »

Breaking: 2018 John Dos Passos Society Conference

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Third Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference (June 20-22, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal) Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018 Graduate students wishing to be considered for supplemental travel funding must submit a full paper by February 28, 2018 The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its third biennial conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal…. Read more »

Dos Passos and Refugees

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Even after all these years of studying his work, I still happily uncover new bits of history. And sometimes these bits are truly fascinating and uplifting. Consider this: In July 1933, upon Einstein’s request, a committee of 51 American artists, intellectuals and political leaders came together to form the International buy cabergoline online india Relief… Read more »

Happy Independence Day, U.S.A.!

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Happy Independence Day! Whitman was a strong influence on John Dos Passos. I’ve nearly finishing reading Leaves of Grass and then I’m on to Democratic Vistas. I’m enjoying the read so far. It’s wonderful to sense that the nation is counting a bumper crop, when the news today suggests something more reminiscent of utter disaster…. Read more »

John Dos Passos: Recorded Audio, 1965

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JDP legacy news has been at king tide lately. On Twitter, I found a very rare audio recording of John Dos Passos reading from U.S.A. and discussing the influences on him as a young artist. 1965 at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. The reading, of course, is before a live audience. It’s interesting hearing… Read more »

The Music of Manhattan Transfer

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As a lover of film music, I often think of what sort of orchestral score should accompany a potential film or TV adaptation of John Dos Passos stories. I’m a big fan of legendary Hollywood film composer Jerry Goldsmith and I think one of this themes from the film City Hall (1996), “The Bridge,” is… Read more »

Tour of Duty

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I’ve ordered a used copy of John Dos Passos’ Tour of Duty. I’ve never read it before and I think now is a great time for it. Americans of my generation–the millennials–tend to take for granted that Europe is stable, democratic, and aligned perfectly with the United States. I don’t remember the Soviet Union at… Read more »

Dos Passos Farm in Summer

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My grandfather wrote in summer 1916 of Dos Passos Farm: “A wonderful blowy day and the hollyhocks are nodding and bowing like tall ladies at a country http://quotecorner.com/viagra.html dance–the poppies are all a-flutter and the lavender comes in puffs of glorious fragrance through the window.” The summer magic is still here.

The Audacity of American Letters: 1916

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Reading a bit of Virginia Spencer Carr’s bio of John Dos Passos for a writing gig. She writes that in 1916, Harvard did not yet have a single course in American literature. Nor did any university except Princeton. That’s a remarkable thing. That buy dostinex truly explains the mind of a Lost Generation writer. Hemingway,… Read more »

Dos Who? — An Editorial by Prof. Aaron Shaheen

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  Dos Who? When one thinks of the American modernist pantheon—and who doesn’t at least three times daily?—I suspect the usual names rise to the fore: Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and T. S. Eliot. For reasons not always so clear, the name that is often either left off this list,… Read more »

Dos Passos and the Sound of New York City

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Intriguing new article in The Guardian about the “sound art” of Manhattan Transfer and parallels between Dos Passos and composer Edgar Varèse. “The writer John Dos Passos and composer Edgard Varèse would intuit a different, deeper truth about the city they lived and worked in during the 1920s – that its identity is inseparable from… Read more »

Dos Passos in The Washington Post

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Coming of age in the Washington DC area, learning how to write and finding my way as a writer, I’ve long loved The Washington Post. It represents Woodward and Bernstein. It represents truth. The First Amendment. The end of the Nixon era. I’m delighted to see Gary Krist’s review of James McGrath Morris’ Hemingway-Dos Passos… Read more »

Dos Passos-savvy

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I’ve been doing so much JDP legacy work lately I was inspired to write a poem about it: Dos Passos-savvy   When I was a boy I knew books; they showed sharks, rays, barracudas, saw-jawed megalodons, Tyrannosaurus rex, Fujita scale tornadic intensity, cirrus, cumulocirrus, cumulonimbus clouds, Hercules holding up the world, no tears, no help…. Read more »