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John Dos Passos

1936, The Spanish Civil War: They Checked in at the Hotel Florida

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The Hotel Florida, like the mythical Hotel California in the song by The Eagles, is one of those places where "you can check in but you can never leave." Or so it seemed for the foreigners who used it as their home base in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.

Occup(ied) America: A Literary History

Joe Woodward | Posted 12.26.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

As I've watched and listened to the nascent movement "Occupy Wall Street," I've been driven to reread a favorite book of mine about America -- The American 1930s: A Literary History.

An Audio Book Review: Forget Butch and Sundance, Etta's the Real Star Here

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

In this imaginative and fictional biography, Etta Place can shoot a gun as well as Annie Oakley, ride a horse like Buffalo Bill and rob banks with the skill of an experienced outlaw.

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.

Banana Republic

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lapham's Quarterly

No Latin American nation has dangled at the end of the U.S. State Department's marionette strings more wretchedly than Nicaragua, leading them to harbor a particularly personal distrust of the Yankee colossus.