New Collection of Critical Essays on John Dos Passos

Congratulations to Profs. Rosa Bautista and Aaron Shaheen, Dos Passos scholars par excellence, on their newly published collection of critical essays on John Dos Passos’s interwar chronicles. Handsome publication! Bravo!

Mutt Spirituals

It’s a good day to read Derek Kannemeyer’s new book of poems. He has a true compass for word choice, rhythm, and tone. In evocative, romantic phrases like, “Behold the […]

John Dos Passos's Conservation Legacy

Consider this new, fascinating vignette about a little-known aspect of the John Dos Passos legacy–the large and historic bald eagle population at Dos Passos Farm.

Remembering Tayloe Murphy

Last week, I was heartbroken by the death of my very first mentor, Tayloe Murphy. He was a statesman, a family man, and a good friend. Men like him should […]

New Poem: "Dominic Talks Fountain Pens"

The literary magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, recently published my poem, “Dominic Talks Fountain Pens.” I’m grateful. Below the text of the poem, I explain its origin.

New Annotated Manhattan Transfer

I’ve started digging into Donald Pizer’s new annotated version of Manhattan Transfer and it’s awesome. Here is a very helpful note on page 3 that explains the context of the title: “During this […]

The Campers at Kitty Hawk

This is a spectacularly innovative adaptation of John Dos Passos’s work. Enjoy this video of composer Michael Dellaira’s choral song based on Dos Passos’s biography of the Wright brothers in the […]