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Dos Passos Reports at Nuremberg

Research for my speech has sharpened my appreciation for my grandfather’s prestigious reporting career. For example, Dos Passos’ observations of the Nuremberg trials in fall 1945. “Except for Hess, who slumps as if in a coma, the accused have an easy expectant look as if they had come to see the play rather than to… Read more »

Dos Passos and Democracy

“War is a time of Caesars,” wrote John Dos Passos in The Grand Design (1949). As I study biographical material for my Lisbon speech, I’m noticing material I can use for an essay I’ve long wanted to write about John Dos Passos and democracy. There is very little scholarship about him as a historian or… Read more »

H.G. Wells

Interesting discovery for me. In fall 1941, John Dos Passos met fellow writer H.G. Wells in London at the PEN Club congress. Dos Passos then visited with Wells as his home at the edge of Regents Park. He very much enjoyed Wells’ company, describing him as a “spruce figure…his sharp-clipped white mustache and the liquid… Read more »

Deadline for Lisbon Extended

The due date for abstract proposals for the next John Dos Passos Society Conference (Jun 20-22, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal) has been extended to Friday, Feb 9. Send an English-language abstract of 250-300 words and brief CV to both Aaron Shaheen and Mário Avelar at aaron-shaheen@utc.edu and mario.carlos.avelar@gmail.com respectively by due date. Make note of… Read more »

All Aboard for Lisbon

2 Weeks to go to submit for the 2018 Conference of the John Dos Passos Society in Lisbon, Portugal! 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 Mário Avelar at aaron-shaheen@utc.edu and mario.carlos.avelar@gmail.com respectively by January 31st,… Read more »

Official Poster for John Dos Passos Society Conference in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.!

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

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

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

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 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.