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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.

Capt. Khan and ‘The Body of An American’

The story of Captain Humayun Khan is all over the news now, as Donald Trump desecrates his name and challenges Americans to find the lowest moral ground in existence. Capt. Khan’s bravery earned him a resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Kevin Levin’s new piece in The Daily Beast astutely tells the history of politics,… Read more »

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!

John Dos Passos Society Conference in Madrid

The conference was a tremendous success. It will take much time to reflect on it and take stock of all the emotional and intellectual lessons. For now, here is a link to the interview the John Dos Passos Society did with Spanish radio RTVE.ES. The interview is in English. Thanks to Alison Hughes for some… Read more »

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 where can i buy cabergoline uk pages of U.S.A. come to life on the streets of Orlando. It’s a heart-breaker… 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 »

The Big Short and John Dos Passos

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… Read more »

The Death of James Dean

Esquire has republished John Dos Passos’ 1958 article, “The Death of James Dean.” Dos Passos was a keen social observer for his entire life.  

Davie Bowie, Dos Passos

In 2013, musician David Bowie posted his list of 100 favorite books. He included The 42nd Parallel on the list!

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 »

John Dos Passos Conference’s Call for Papers Deadline Extended!

BREAKING: the CFP deadline has been extended to January 30! 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 by January 30th. Make note of… 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 buy cabergoline 1mg across the scary present. “a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary… 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.