Posts Tagged: john dos passos

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 »

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 »

Dos Passos and the Sound of New York City

Intriguing new article in The Guardian about the “sound art” of Manhattan Transfer and parallels between Dos Passos and composer Edgar Varèse. “The writer John Dos Passos and composer Edgard Varèse would intuit a different, deeper truth about the city they lived and worked in during the 1920s – that its identity is inseparable from… Read more »