001: What's So Great About Gatsby?

And we’re off!

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It took us between 10 and a million hours to create 32 minutes of usable audio for episode 001. Is this normal? Oh well. The important thing is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby--#1 on the list of most essential novels of the 20th century and one of our personal faves! 

In this, our maiden episode, we’re talking love, loss, the American Dream, and a glorious moment in high school where Jess launched a shot-put into her own head in pursuit of a boy. My, wouldn’t Gatsby be proud?

To reread with us, grab a copy of The Great Gatsby at your local bookstore or neighborhood library, or download it from your favorite digital book space.

Use the comments below to re:spond with your story of rereading The Great Gatsby, crazy theories, favorite quotes, and anything else Gatsby related. We can't wait to Re:Read with you, rereaders! 

Fun Facts!

  • At F. Scott Fitzgerald's funeral service, the American wit Dorothy Parker is supposed to have murmured, ‘"the poor son-of-a-bitch" (a quotation from The Great Gatsby). 
  • At one time or another while writing, Fitzgerald considered all of these alternate titles for Gatsby:  Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires; Trimalchio; Trimalchio in West Egg; On the Road to West Egg; Under the Red, White, and Blue; Gold-Hatted Gatsby and The High-Bouncing Lover. Good choice, F. Scott. 
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's last royalty check before he died was for $13.13. 

Ready to Re:Read Deeper?

Check out NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan’s beautiful, funny, poignant love letter to Gatsby:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures. For a deeper understanding of the author, consider Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J Bruccoli’s Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald.