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The Great Gatsby

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The cover of the first edition of The SAM SCHMIDT, 1925.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1st edition cover, 1925

The Great Gatsby (novel) (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and Damned  (1922), Tender Is the Night (1934), The Last Tycoon – originally The Love of the Last Tycoon (posthumously, 1941)) Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is, of course, the marvelous, constant best-selling literary classic, set in 1922 in the exclusive communities of Long Island, and almost systematically taught in U.S. schools as an example of The Great American Novel, and is, to this day, always worth rereading.  The Great Gatsby was, as you surely know, made into a very good film of the same name starring the excellent Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Vladimir Nabokov.  (PR)

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Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays, by Zadie Smith

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 24 April 2011

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 Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays (2009) (Collection of essays) by Zadie Smith (White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), and numerous essays for The Guardian, The New Yorker and other newspapers and magazines).

With essays on Hepburn and Garbo, to David Foster Wallace, from an Academy Award weekend in Los Angeles to E.M. Forster, Roland Barthes, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom McCarthy and a great deal more, and with a tone from travel documentary to insightful literary analysis, and most everything in between, Zadie Smith has offered us the opportunity to see how her mind works, and how she not only permits herself to change it, but even makes that her motto, shall we say.  There’s some very good writing here, and some, on the other hand, a bit difficult to get through, but well worth the effort required.  Smith can be extraordinarily perceptive, subtle, keen, as well as, perhaps, naively hopeful, even silly, and that, in itself, is marvelous and refreshing, intellectually challenging and agreeably human.

Her long essay on David Foster Wallace, entitled “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: The Difficult Gifts of David Foster Wallace” is honestly excellent. (PR)

See our previous post on Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace and Tom McCarthy, entitled “The Last Audit – Review of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” by Tom McCarthy“, here.

Smith prefaces her book, which is dedicated to her father, with the two following quotes:

“The time to make your mind up about people is never!” (Tracy Lord, played by Katherine Hepburn, in The Philadelphia Story (1940), also starring Cary Grant and James Stewart; directed by George Cukor.)

“You get to decide what to worship.”  (David Foster Wallace)

Pankaj Mishra’s review of Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays, entitled “Other Voices, Other Selves” in the Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times, here.

Peter Conrad’s review of Smith’s book in The Guardian is aptly titled “Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith” and is found, here.

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A Self-Help Reader for David Foster Wallace

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 13 April 2011

David Foster Wallace in 2006.

David Foster Wallace at work in 2006

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Jennifer Schuessler has written an interesting little article entitled “David Foster Wallace, Self-Help Reader” in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at David Foster Wallace and offering up a number of fascinating, and perhaps even useful, links to various “support” materials for those interested in/struggling with/obsessed with Wallace’s oeuvre.

Especially wonderful are the David Foster Wallace archives at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, below.

A David Foster Wallace workbook at the University of Texas at Austin

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Ah, the infinite jest of it all…

Also, take a look at our previous posts on David Foster Wallace, here (Piecing Together a Posthumous Novel) and here (The Staggering, Multifarious, Cacaphonous Predicament).

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Tweets, Likes, Art & Museums – Museums, Social Media & Technology

Posted by the editors on Friday, 18 March 2011


Carol Vogel has written an interesting article entitled “The Spirit of Sharing” as part of the the Museums Special Section of the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the use of the Internet in general, and social media, in particular, by a number of renowned museums in the U.S. and abroad.

And here is a link to a very dynamic site,, where, at last count, 17 museums offer up an interesting diversity of video…

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