An excerpt from Cari Luna’s new novel, previewing the NY Art Book Fair, taking an in-depth look at David Mamet’s films, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose inspiring vandalism, and more.
#tobyreads: Esoteric Classics and Political Ruminations — Challenging Work From Bioy Casares to Fitzgerald
A lot of what I’ve read this week has been for pieces to run here or elsewhere, or books that won’t be out for a while. So you’re getting something of a mixed bag: a couple of works by renowned writers; one collection of documents pertaining to a particularly current concern; and one more esoteric piece of prose.
“The best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.” David Edelstein’s review of a certain film that’s highly anticipated around these parts is now up. Jenn Pelly interviewed Jenny Hval for Pitchfork. “It’s the fact that NOS4A2—a relentless, profoundly disturbing monster of a book—reads at every level like King’s work at its prime, a discomfiting mix of the otherworldly and quotidian, seeded with buried […]
I see your future, and in the upcoming days and weeks I see a deluge of posts related to F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. There will be many more unfortunate top ten lists, photo galleries, and other assorted blog posts to get you attention as the world braces for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation to hit theaters.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel was first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons on this day in 1925. We were trying to think of something to say about the book that hasn’t been said already, but nothing came to mind. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
Morning Bites: Franzen on Wharton, the Lomax legacy, Claire Bidwell Smith, will Deckard return, and more
Today’s news : Joris-Karl Huysman is sorta like Edward Gorey, Fitzgerald’s 3rd act, Claire Bidwell Smith on a podcast, Franzen on Wharton, and much more.
Tobias Carroll This week, I read Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia, on the recommendation of Alex Eben Meyer. (Who, you may recall, contributed to eMusic’s project of creating covers for the albums described in the novel.) Ed Champion’s five-part roundtable discussion of the book (which concludes with comments from Spiotta) is invaluable, and it’s left me curious to read her other two novels. At the novel’s heart is a reclusive musician who makes compelling music in isolation; it brought to mind […]
Posted by Jason Diamond The 25-room Colonial Revival mansion built in 1902 on Long Island’s Gold Coast and thought to be the inspiration behind a F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, has been turned into a pile of rubble so a bunch of McMansions could be built where it once stood. I hope the ghost of Daisy Buchanan haunts the people who end up moving there.