Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

Welcome Back, Dos

John Dos Passos (Harry Croner/Ullstein Bild via Getty)

Not long ago, I was titling a piece, and a phrase came to mind: “The theme is freedom.” Where had it come from? I knew it was the title of a book by John Dos Passos, one that I had long wanted to read.

It is also the title of a book by M. Stanton Evans, the famed conservative journalist. The full title of that book, published in 1994, is “The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition.” I’d like to read this one, too.

Dos Passos was very famous. His name is little remembered today, but it was one

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy


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Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Is there anything insulting we can say about New York? ‐ The New York Post, for decades a conservative opinion leader with a brash, Gotham accent, endorsed Donald Trump for ...
Politics & Policy


ONE FLOWER One flower stands for beauty, two for hope. More buds begin their version of cross-talk With tangled leaf and strong, supporting stalk. Subject to breeze, they sway but somehow cope. Shadows of butterflies, ...


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