Tour of Duty

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

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 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.

Dos Passos-savvy

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 »

Earth Day

I found this quote quite recently in the Dos Passos oeuvre. Given the salience of environmental matters today and always, I’m delighted to share it. It’s certainly appropriate for Earth Day. It’s from a little-known Dos Passos nonfiction work called The Ground We Stand On. We have taken the accomplishments in state building of the… Read more »

The Loyalty of John Dos Passos

  The Loyalty of John Dos Passos (For the upcoming John Dos Passos Society Newsletter) The 2016 2nd biennial John Dos Passos Society conference in Madrid brought me to joyful tears. My first trip to Madrid in 2014 gave me the chance to participate in Sonia Tercero Ramiro’s wonderful documentary on the Robles-Dos Passos story,… Read more »

Trailer for The Ambulance Drivers

Enjoy the trailer for James McGrath Morris’ new book exploring the Hemingway-Dos Passos friendship. Morris delivers the narration in a fabulous radio voice and the pictures bring the era alive! The book releases Tuesday! You can pre-order now via Amazon.

Press for The Ambulance Drivers

With the book release just a week away, press coverage is revving up for The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War by talented biographer James McGrath Morris. The New York Post has a piece on it today. “The world was shattered, and Hemingway and Dos Passos explicitly felt… Read more »

New Book on the Art of Dos Passos

The Paintings and Drawings of John Dos Passos: A Collection and Study is a new book on his visual art. I love so many of those works. To me, they’re reflections of the glow inside him. That wonder for the world that kept him going despite two world wars. The editors are Donald Pizer, Lisa Nanney,… Read more »

Esquire’s Debut and Dos Passos

John Dos Passos, along with Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Auslander, Ring Lardner Jr, and Dashiell Hammett, contributed to the debut issue of Esquire magazine in 1933. In those days, novelists could really make a buck with magazine work. There was a path to solvency and even profit. Much harder today to get regular magazine gigs.