John Dos Passos Visits Rockall

My grandfather’s memoirs, The Best Times, always has surprises in store, even on my 44th reading (I don’t know how many readings I’m up to at this point, but it’s […]

Walkin' Lawton: 10th Anniversary

It’s been nearly ten years since Walkin’ Lawton published! I will always look back fondly on the years I spent producing my biography of Florida icon Lawton Chiles. More than […]

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 […]