Tag Archives: John Dos Passos

1939: the two americas

…The social and political attitudes that had arisen out of the depression were stil firmly in control of the national mind. There were, as John Dos Passos had written, two Americas: the capitalistic one that saw the solution to its … Continue reading

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1939: ole times sake

America in 1939, stuck between the rear-view mirror of the Great Depression and the impending war. Idyllic times? The good ole’ days? The New York World’s Fair of 1939 had as its theme “the world of tomorrow,” one based on … Continue reading

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Islands in the dream

Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Scolds. Two men. Two souls; the image and the shadow circling each other. He mostly lived up to that dazzling public persona he constructed for himself, but what deeper forces, psychic jackals, stalked his … Continue reading

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the shadow side of the page

Hemingway: the image and the shadow. What lay behind the dazzling public persona he created for himself? … It must be remembered that the image is an essential part of the truth about Hemingway. Not only did he project an … Continue reading

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lost generation: secret wound

The image and the shadow of Ernest Hemingway. What psychic jackals stalked the dazzling public persona? … Of course, the real importance of the Hemingway image has been its effect on literary history. it appeared at exactly the right time: … Continue reading

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frank images

Loneliness and despair. Its part of the human condition. But not all of it. In its significance, and near pervasiveness, Robert Frank has been one of the best to capture, articulating all its nuances through mainly photography, but also film … Continue reading

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there’s plenty of room at the bottom

From the previous post that brought up Harry Saltzman, one of the originators of developing the social realism genre of film. Of course, Saltzman did not operate in a vacuum, but he had an intuitive sense that connected the north … Continue reading

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signs and signifiers: the snapper

He is made out to be an original traveling troubador, but the reality is more varied and complex in the case of Woody Guthrie than being a mere singer of Cantos in the transplanted Spanish heartland of dust bowl America. … Continue reading

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mural mural on the wall…

Can street art murals be simply too hot to handle for the public to view? Are the public funds and corporate subsidies often used to produce it any more disreputable than the same norms that permit corporations to peddle much … Continue reading

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Heresy on the Guest list: too darn hot

Heresy has always had many faces. The classic division has always followed the Voltaire pattern of speaking¬† truth to power in order to be absorbed within the establishment, and accept the sacraments. Heresy has traditionally been seen as four faced: … Continue reading

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