John Dos Passos is to be mentioned in a forthcoming April 5 episode of the hit AMC show Mad Men. How appropriate–since my grandfather was so devoted to critiquing the rise of American PR man. The full-time PR man was a new creature in American capitalism when U.S.A was written. It had never really been addressed in American literature until Dos Passos depicted J. Ward Moorehouse.
“About style—I think that reading people in order to get ‘style’ from them is rather soft-headed. Your style is like the color of your hair or the cut of your pants—half accident, half act of God—to take thought to change or improve it results usually in rank affectation.”