It’s been a remarkable couple years for the John Dos Passos legacy. I feel so fortunate to have witnessed it.
Last year saw a major Dos Passos reference on the popular, critically-acclaimed TV show Mad Men. For his name to be included in a work of art that has been a milestone in the lives of so many people…that’s touching. And it’s so appropriate that his work be mentioned in a show that–from what I’ve heard–makes a point of observing social norms and corporate ethics. And it’s appropriate since Dos Passos made a point of observing the PR man in the U.S.A. trilogy. Witness J. Ward Moorehouse.
And: Adam McKay, director of the hit film The Big Short, mentioned Dos Passos as one of the inspirations for the film’s contextual newsreel footage. Thematically and character-wise, The Big Short certainly has a Dos Passos feel at times.
I think 2016 is going to be a great year for his legacy. His work is so relevant to today’s problems. There are great discussions to be had ahead!