Century's Ebb

A blog on the life and work of John Dos Passos (1896-1970)

“Don’t Believe the New York Times”

“From the mouth of the Ambulance, and from the jaws of Hell (i.e. War…) I cry to you one word apropos of God and man and all things on the teeming earth. Don’t believe the New York Times. […]  I vow before Jehovah that half the ills of the country are caused by the fact that all educated and intelligent Americans believe the New York Times as if it were Direct Revelation – or tablets found on a mountain by a reputable Brigham Young.”

~John Dos Passos, from a letter to Rumsey Marvin, June 1917 (Travel Books and Other Writings 1916-1941, page 661)

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