Manhattan Transfer Hörspiele

Like many, I regard the U.S.A trilogy as Dos Passos’ finest work. Manhattan Transfer, however, is a close second. It has proven an enduring title in the United States, Japan, Spain, Germany, and elsewhere. I’m pleased to announce a radio show adaptation of John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer coming soon to Germany. Germany has a… Read more »

99 Homes

In my opinion, the film 99 Homes is one of the few Hollywood productions that comes close to the spirit of John Dos Passos’ early work without actually adapting it. I feel like I’m seeing pages of U.S.A. come to life on the streets of Orlando. It’s a heart-breaker and I highly recommend it! I’m… Read more »

Fredrik Tydal on Dos Passos in Swedish Translation

Fredrik Tydal, Vice President of the John Dos Passos Society in the United States, has written a thoughtful piece on the frustrations attendant with translating Dos Passos into Swedish–U.S.A in particular. Without the multimedia, U.S.A. isn’t a multimedia masterpiece. It’s a shame. The inspiration here is in Tydal’s excellent telling of the tale. Enjoy! Congratulations… Read more »

Farewell, Mrs. Santos

With a heavy heart, I relate the passing of Maria do Carmo da Cunha Santos, founder of the Centro Cultural John Dos Passos in Madeira. I was working on a political campaign and I missed it, but the rest of my family attended the grand opening of the Centro in 2004. My talented sister Lara… Read more »

Dos Passos Beans

My favorite news story all week: “The Provincetown Bean is actually from Spain. John Dos Passos, the author, picked up the seed when he was fighting in the Spanish Civil War and brought the seed to Provincetown where the beans are still grown, although Ford has been unable to corral them for the seed library.”… Read more »

A Lifeline Across the Scary Present

See the above still from a screening of Robles, Duelo al Sol in Spain. That’s me, trying to do my grandfather proud. He is so right: the past can be a lifeline across the scary present. “a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present.”—John Dos Passos… Read more »

Covert Art for U.S.A.

Never seen this cover art before. Pretty awesome. Very much in keeping with the monolithic societal forces at work in the novels. Consulting with a colleague, I’ve learned that this is probably the first British edition of U.S.A.  You’re never far from a friend of Dos Passos.

2 Week Notice – John Dos Passos Conference

2 week alert! The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its second biennial conference, June 2-4, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. Any topic relative to Dos Passos is welcome. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to jdpsociety@gmail.com by January 15th. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. The… Read more »

Hemingway and Dos Passos

The third volume of the new series of Hemingway’s collected letters is out, containing letters to John Dos Passos. I love reading the letters grandfather wrote to Hem. The letters JDP wrote to my Mom are my favorite.

Q and A: Victoria Bryan

The John Dos Passos Society, the American academic society devoted to study of his work, is busy preparing for its 2nd biennial conference, to be held in Madrid, Spain in June 2016. I talked recently to the current president of the Society, Victoria Bryan, about what this conference means for the Dos Passos legacy. Thanks… Read more »