Why that uneasy look under the eyes, in the picture of Minor C. Keith the pioneer of the fruit trade, the railroad builder, in all the pictures the newspapers carried of him when he died?
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You win. (A) You are already 120 pages ahead of me. You will be done with all three volumes by Halloween at this rate. (B) Nobody at TAS will ever be able to top this for either the effectiveness of an embedded photo or the quality of photo research.
I read all three books this spring and am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them. I confess, though, that I started skimming the Newsreels by about halfway through the second book, and gave up on The Camera Eye sections not long after that.
I’m still reading the Newsreels and Camera Eye sections at this point. I’m intrigued by the Camera Eye idea because I’ve always though of stream of consciousness as a deep dive into characters’ psyches, while here Dos Passos is using it as a way to get a macro view of a nation. Whether or not it works is an open question, but so far I approve.
As I get into 42nd Parallel, I’m trying to figure out what this book can teach us. So many of the situations the characters find themselves in mirror situations we face today. What can we learn from the labor movement of the early 20th century?