John Dos Passos Society Call for Papers: 2017 ALA

The John Dos Passos Society invites proposals for two sessions scheduled at the American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference, which will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 20, 2017. For further information, please consult the ALA… Read more »

On Politics

I was reading today and came across one of the punchiest ever quotes from Dos Passos. It’s found in The Fourteenth Chronicle, his poorly known but pristine collection of letters. “You think the ends justify the means and I think that all you have in politics is means; ends are always illusionary.” – John Dos… Read more »

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950

The Economist reports on a new exhibition, “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950,” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: In 1927 John Dos Passos, an American writer and artist, returned from a long stay in Mexico where he had been soaking up the vibrant cultural scene south of the border. Reporting on what he found… Read more »

Madrid Conference Recap

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga–where the John Dos Passos Society was founded–published a brief recap of the successful Madrid conference earlier this summer.

John Dos Passos Society Update

Congratulations to David Murad, the new president of the John Dos Passos Society. I’m confident in his leadership of this special group. To donate to the Society and support its mission, follow the LINK. The Society is a wonderful forum for students of all countries to find fellowship, to learn, and to think.

Manhattan Transfer Revisited

I’ve been re-reading Manhattan Transfer and enjoying it. I don’t recall when I first read it but there is no question that this current reading is more profitable. There are so many very telling and real images and touching moments of pain. The image in the excerpt below really sticks to me. As a lifelong… Read more »

Christmas on the Moon

I’ve been reading Century’s Ebb lately and I had the chance to read a remarkable piece, “Christmas on the Moon.” The idealism there about the Apollo program reminds me of the film Apollo 13 and its beautiful score by James Horner. Here is an excerpt from the article: Our thinking about the universe, our thinking… Read more »

Dos Passos and Dada

A lovely video from a series of interviews with John Dos Passos in 1969 for French TV. This one is on a motorboat and he is fishing while talking about the Dada movement in French. Talk about multitasking! And the interviews ends when he catches a fish!

The Photography of Jean-Pierre Charbonnel

French photographer Jean-Pierre Charbonnel is preparing an exhibition of forty photographs which will be called “travel literature.” One of the photographs will be accompanied by a short excerpt from Manhattan Transfer! The exhibition will take place in Tulle (southwestern city of France) in July and August 2016. Access will be free and open.

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 »