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For Audiences, Loving Ben Scheuer Will Be Easy

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Benjamin Scheuer sat at Buvette in the West Village, a casual grin stretching up toward his perfectly coifed 'do. "I dressed for spring today," he said with a velvet voice, sliding over words like they were made of silk.

The Mental Shortcut That Dumbs Down Your Mind

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Clearly you have a choice, is it going to be safety or show? Your brain prefers for you to default to one or the other. But creating a false dichotomy is what keeps most organizations from creating a Tinkerbell.

Watch Me Go: A Talk With Mark Wisniewski

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Watch Me Go concerns Douglas "Deesh" Sharp, who has managed to stay on the right side of the law by hauling junk for cash. But after he and two friends dispose of a sealed oil drum, Deesh finds himself betrayed, and running from the police.

West of Hollywood: Stewart O'Nan On Fact, Fiction, And F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

O'Nan subtly weaves details from Fitzgerald's unfinished novel into his own -- a thunderstorm, a sculpture's head, moments that you only realize later have happened for his character Fitzgerald's imaginative benefit, and that add to the already-thick layers of creativity in West of Sunset.

Bedlam Overtakes Jane Austen, While F. Scott Fitzgerald Sings

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

New York theatergoers with an adventurous spirit -- or mainstream theatergoers unafraid to venture off off Broadway when recommendations warrant -- are being rewarded this month with special treats of high quality and relatively low price.

The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Zelda Fitzgerald is, still, best known as the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. True, Zelda was an inspiration for heroines and dialogue in his stories, and half of the golden couple of what Scott dubbed "The Jazz Age," but she was also an accomplished writer, and artist.

Americans in Paris: Whit Stillman and The Cosmopolitans

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Part of the third season of Amazon Studio's television pilots, The Cosmopolitans tells the story of a small band of Americans living in Paris -- following them on Saturday afternoons until the wee, small hours of Sunday morning.

The Great War, Literature, and Us

Greg Garrett | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Greg Garrett

This morning, on the one hundred year anniversary of Britain's declaration of war against Germany and entry in what was to be known as The Great War, I attended a memorial Eucharist at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Will and Testament

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

He died in Hollywood on December 21, 1940, eating a chocolate bar and making notes in pencil on a football story in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The last words F. Scott Fitzgerald ever wrote complimented the author of the story: "Good prose."

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

Best Summer Beach Read: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

You needn't be by the sea to read it, of course, for you can see and smell and almost taste the Mediterranean, wherever you are, thanks to Fitzgerald's magical words.

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.

Damned Beautiful: F. Scott Fitzgerald Unexpurgated

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

That Fitzgerald intended some of the stories in Taps at Reveille to be brutal and unpleasant is clear. The title itself indicates that we wake up to death. T It's also unsurprising to find Fitzgerald could use words as weapons, coarse language to create.

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.

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

Great writing achieves an effect that no movie can: It's a world built of language and the reader's imagination, where it remains as real as the money you either have, or don't.

It's Not a Rehearsal

Francis Levy | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Expressions like "sounds like a plan," "I can't complain" and "being on the same page" are the stuff of which small talk conventions are made of. But ...

From 'Sunrise' to a Place In The Sun: Chatting With Eric Carmen and Ozomatli's Raul Pacheco

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"What is really certain in this world? We could get bigger than ever or fall apart. But as long as we are a band I know we'll bring it as best we can."

Why Comprise Is a Flawed Model

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

This isn't just a political problem; it's a human problem.

Needs a Rewrite: Great Authors' First Draft Revisions

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

"Moby Dick" Herman Melville "Call me the whale guy a hansom cab Steve Ishmael." "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway "He was an old man ...

My Take: Gatsby Best Film of 2013

Alex Schattner | Posted 03.01.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Schattner

Was Baz Luhrmann’s take on Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby perfect? Maybe not, but it was visionary, and (for me) unforgettable. With all t...

Dorothy Parker Happy in Los Angeles

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

Today there is only one spot in Los Angeles that remembers Dorothy Parker's 30 years as a resident.

The Vexed Jazz-Age Relationship of The New Yorker and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Today we are well accustomed to having some of the most enduring names in American letters long associated with The New Yorker: John Updike, appearing there for nearly sixty years; E. B. White; James Thurber; John Cheever; Rachel Carson; John McPhee; and many more. However, The New Yorker was a newcomer in 1925.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Sayre, and Montgomery, Alabama in 2013

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Last week I joined close to 200 Fitzgerald scholars, admirers, students, readers, and teachers from all over the world -- though readers, and admirers, serves to define us all.

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Steven Petite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

Then Junot Diaz asked me a question: "What could you possibly write that would interest people?" This being a reference to my age, and possibly my closed-off suburban background. I know that it was not meant as an insult, but at the same time, how would he know if my writing could interest people just by looking at me?

Bizarre Love Triangle: Me, Murakami and The Great Gatsby

Kalliope Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Kalliope Lee

Murakami's books have for me served as a commentary on Gatsby. I read his work as if with a Gatsby divining rod, alert to allusions embedded in his narratives, which confirm my understanding of the classic.