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Dos Passos and Orwell

Last weekend, at the American Literature Association in Chicago, I presented on John Dos Passos and George Orwell–how their lives converged and their legacies diverged. They met once during the […]

The Art of John Dos Passos

Interesting reference to the painting style of John Dos Passos in The Guardian: “Yun Gee’s Street Scene is composed at a vertiginous angle, giving the piece an off-balanced sensation. Consisting […]

Talisman from The Best Times

From John Dos Passos’s memoirs The Best Times: “For years a wooden box full of my father’s letters has stood on my mantel at Spence’s Point. It is a box […]

John Dos Passos in Politico

From Politico: “All right, you have won,” John Dos Passos wrote in his bitter U.S.A. trilogy passage about the death of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. “There is nothing left […]

Papa's Living Room Air Show

My 2nd poem about my paternal grandfather, Rodney Marshall Coggin, went online today. “Papa” was a Marine aviator in the Pacific during World War II. Thanks to Cathexis Northwest Press […]

The Sound of New York City

Music writer Philip Clark blogged recently about his book-in-development, Sound and the City – a history of the sound of New York City and an investigation into what makes it […]