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Jazz Age

Retro Done Right: Michael Arenella's Jazz Age Lawn Party

Tony Sachs | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Tony Sachs

I'm a bit of a retro obsessive. I've grown sideburns and bought vintage cookbooks and polyester double-knit pullovers for a 1970-styled lounge par...

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.

Jazz, Antiques and Terrific Kids: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Terence Clarke | Posted 12.21.2013 | San Francisco
Terence Clarke

You might not immediately associate one of the great jazz singers of our time with a major exhibition of prestigious antiques. But Kitty Margolis, who...

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.

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.

Toasting Gatsby With Six Prohibition-Era Cocktails

Imbibe | Posted 05.10.2013 | Taste
Imbibe

Want to drink like Gatsby? Look toward these six classic cocktails.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood: Writing for the Movies, 1937-1940

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.04.2013 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not surprisingly, films have been made of Fitzgerald's own books and short stories from the early 1920s to today. However, the earlier movies have all failed, and for the same reason. Fitzgerald's so hard to film because his words already have done all the cinematic work.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, American Beauty, Gets a Bookplate in the New Yorker, 1925

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.01.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

The idea of being beautiful and damned is one readers have always associated with F. Scott Fitzgerald. The New Yorker picked up on this theme in an illustration that largely went unnoticed -- but not by Fitzgerald himself.

Jazz Age Trends We Hope Catch on

Pauline Millard | Posted 04.23.2013 | Style
Pauline Millard

It's fall, which for a lot of people is a season of change. Even though The Great Gatsby won't be hitting theaters for almost a year, there's no reason not to embrace the 1920s style that so many of us thought was coming.

She's So Unusual: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.26.2012 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Charming and a little different, Caroline Preston's new novel, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is a hybrid work where the pictures do the talking.

How I Became a New York Celebrity 75 Years Ago

Al Eisele | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Al Eisele

Seventy-five years ago, my mother found herself a celebrity after being named the nation's best rural correspondent of 1936. Her star treatment is chronicled in yellowed clippings from the New York newspapers.

Some Hard Truth About Hard Times

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Using the Depression as a baseline for discussions of national prosperity ignores an important historical truth: for millions of average citizens, money was tight prior to the 1930s.