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F Scott Fitzgerald

Me, My Hometown and Mr. Gatsby

Bill Stieger | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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.

Fitzgeraldean Self-Reflections and Austria

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 12.09.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

With a new grand coalition government -- the incumbent government has been in power since 2008 -- slowly reforming between the two, Austria is entering another period of stagnation.

Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A glittering success as a writer when he was just 24, Fitzgerald died 20 years later still a young man, with most of his works unread by the public in 1940, and his status as one of the finest, and most popular, American writers yet to be established.

John O'Hara and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.16.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

O'Hara's admiration for Fitzgerald's first novel This Side of Paradise is well documented -- he fell in love with the book, that's how he put it. It's not surprising to find Fitzgerald the author he had to copy, and try to surmount.

Egon Finney, Rin Tin Tin, Scott Fitzgerald, and Water-Skiing, 1928

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Egon Finney is a Jazz Age celebrity no one has noticed since his lifetime, but who is surely as interesting as many of his human contemporaries -- and far more interesting than many of them.

If Hemingway Tweeted

Carl Pettit | Posted 09.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Great ideas often need to simmer before they're ready to come out. These days, anyone working in the media (guilty) needs to know how to leverage various digital platforms in order to promote their brand and content.

Gatsby Then, Gatsby Again: A Comparative Review

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Kimann Schultz

The fundamental error most movie critics have made in their reviews of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is the fact that they have critiqued the movie only against the so-called "great American novel" itself.

Is A New Age Of Jazz On The Horizon?

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 08.30.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

You can't keep something with that much quality, with that much appeal, down. It's just a matter of time.

Young and Beautiful, for Now

Cherie Desai | Posted 08.26.2013 | Entertainment
Cherie Desai

It seemed to me that Luhrmann worked hard to represent all of the symbolism in the novel as heavily as Fitzgerald did, while applying his unique style.

The Crack-Up Book

Charles Barber | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science
Charles Barber

I tell my students, if you want to learn about depression, don't read the DSM. Read The Crack-Up. If you want to understand grief, read Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Is Being Rewritten by Its Characters

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A new memoir has begun in the Believer magazine, with the first installment just published. It's by Robert Atwan, writing as "Thomas Buchanan." Yes, that Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband, Nick's Yale frenemy, Gatsby's nemesis.

Whatever Happened to Graham Greene?

James MacManus | Posted 05.24.2013 | Books
James MacManus

For an answer I turned to my friend Erica Wagner, the literary editor of the London Times. She told me that Greene may well be entering the no-man's land between currently fashionable writers, be they alive or dead, and the enduring classic authors such as Hemingway, Wodehouse and Dickens.

Luhrmann's 'Gatsby': From Old Sport to 'Dude' in 143 minutes

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Saladin Ambar

Luhrmann's film works because it gives us the stunning visuals to a place and time few of us have any memory of.

Zelda Wasn't 'Crazy': How What You Don't Know About Fitzgerald Tells Us Something About 'Crazy' Women, Then and Now

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Heather Laine Talley

The "crazy" Zelda that has emerged in our popular imagination is as much Scott's making as The Great Gatsby itself. This is, in and of itself, part of the F. Scott legacy. His work depended on Zelda's silence.

Empathy, Gatsby, and the Great American Tragedy

John Paul Rollert | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
John Paul Rollert

Hollywood adaptations of great novels tend to unnerve devoted readers. The effort seems hubristic and slightly profane, akin to painting a second Sistine Chapel or adding a chorus to King Lear. Perfection, by definition, can't be improved upon, and it seems suspect even to try.