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The Mall Is Dead, Long Live the Mall, and Other News

April 4, 2014 | by

abandoned mall

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Paradise Found

September 16, 2013 | by


On this day in 1919, Maxwell Perkins accepted twenty-two-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise for publication. The novel had started as a shorter piece called The Education of a Personage; following a breakup with future wife Zelda Sayre, Fitzgerald became determined to achieve success and overhauled, expanded, and retitled the book (this time after a Rupert Brooke poem) while living with his parents in St. Paul. Published in March, 1920, This Side of Paradise was an instant bestseller. Scott and Zelda were married a week later.

Scottie Fitzgerald Lanahan donated the This Side of Paradise manuscript to the Princeton University Library in 1950; the library recently digitized the whole thing.




On the Occasion of Zelda Fitzgerald’s Birthday

July 24, 2013 | by


F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on the Riviera in 1926. In a letter from that year, Fitzgerald wrote, 

There was no one at Antibes this summer, except me, Zelda, the Valentinos, the Murphys, Mistinguet, Rex Ingram, Dos Passos, Alice Terry, the MacLeishes, Charlie Brackett, Mause Kahn, Lester Murphy, Marguerite Namara, E. Oppenheimer, Mannes the violinist, Floyd Dell, Max and Crystal Eastman … Just the right place to rough it, an escape from the world.

This image appeared in “Zelda, a Worksheet,” in issue 89.



The Tiny Gatsby

May 7, 2013 | by


Even if, like some of us, you already have Great Gatsby fatigue, you can enjoy playing with this (raven-haired) F. Scott Fitzgerald doll. Send him and Zelda out on the town. Let Hemingway insult him in a rental car. Send him to the south with the Murphys (although you’ll have to use a Barbie and Ken or someone to play them). Bring him to the movies and let him weep into his tiny martini as you watch Baz Luhrmann’s extravaganza.



Pricey Real Estate, Cool Bookshelves

October 24, 2012 | by

  • We love a cool bookshelves roundup.
  • Animal Farm, the movie: begin your dream-cast YouTube videos now, please.
  • New (well, unheard, anyway) audio clips of Flannery O’Connor.
  • Buy (or look at) the Mediterranean villa where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald allegedly stayed and wrote. Whatever, it has its own discotheque.
  • How to write a novel in thirty days, should one have a furious gangster on one’s case or something. (Or should one wish to participate in NaNoWriMo.)


    Great Gatsby, Great Casting, Commas

    May 24, 2012 | by


  • Electric Literature’s Required Reading kicks off with a Ben Marcus story and accompanying animation.
  • Your new favorite time waster: I Shot the Serif.
  • Zach Galifianakis is Ignatius J. Reilly.
  • Most comma mistakes.
  • Zelda draws Scott.
  • Speaking of, the first glimpse of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby trailer elicits … strong emotions.