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Enid Baines

In a Gaudy Theme Park, Jay-Z Meets J-Gatz - NYTimes.com - 22 views

  • “But what most people don’t understand is that the adjective ‘Great’ in the title was meant laconically,” he said. “There’s nothing genuinely great about Gatsby. He’s a poignant phony.
  • Owing to the money-addled society we live in, people have lost the irony of Fitzgerald’s title. So the movies become complicit in the excessively materialistic culture that the novel set out to criticize.”
Enid Baines

Gatsby in Real Life: Nonfiction on the Themes of Gatsby | BOOK RIOT - 33 views

  • I started this two-parter with a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this post, I’m going to stretch the time period a little bit and offer some nonfiction about some of the themes that resonated most with me from the book.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • a list of nonfiction books about the life and times of The Great Gatsby’s author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Enid Baines

In Gatsby's Tracks: Locating the Valley of Ashes in a 1924 Photo | Literary Kicks - 54 views

  • In Gatsby's Tracks: Locating the Valley of Ashes in a 1924 Photo
  • Desolate enough? The sight of workers toiling among these giant piles may have even reminded Fitzgerald of Dante, and Fitzgerald's real-life encounter with this spot must have played a part in the genesis of the entire novel.
  • If Gatsby's caravan took this southern route, the railroad and highway would have merged exactly as described in the novel. Here, then, is the bridge they would have crossed. I can't tell for sure that it's a drawbridge, but I'm willing to believe it must be one. The tiny settlement to the right, then, is exactly the spot where Dr. Eckleburg's billboard would have stood, and where George Wilson would have kept his auto garage.
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  • 1939 Worlds Fair and then the 1964-65 Worlds Fair. Shea Stadium was built to host the New York Mets on the northern side, and was then replaced by CitiField on the same spot. Every year the US Open Tennis Tournament is held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center south of the baseball fields. Here's what the same spot looks like in an aerial photograph from 2009. Shea Stadium is on the top left, the US Open tennis courts on the bottom left.
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