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Writing is hard. I mean, yeah, it’s cushy and fun and I shouldn’t complain as a young white male about anything in my life. But it is hard though. A long time ago I finally got around to writing a novel and it went pretty well and I enjoyed it and a lot of ‘myself’ aged whatever was put into it. I’ve been told it’s pretty fun and the whole rhythm, patterns and humour that came from the character…

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It’s been a long time, have a short story

Apologies. Many of them. I have been doing a History degree and it’s surprisingly time consuming. I’ve also been pitching a few projects and floating boats and being a writer person. I promised Tears In Rain 2and I’m sorry but I don’t think I can deliver it. I’ve made a new vow that I won’t promise anything anymore, unless it’s already ‘done’. Like when they release a trailer for a film, when all…

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The Great Gatsby 2
… they thought he was dead…
……..but they rebuilt him…
…faster … stronger … smarter…
old sports die hard
The Great Gatling-Gunsby
West Egg is about to be Scrambled

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"It seems to me that on one page I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared shortly after my marriage, and, also, scraps of letters which, though considerably edited, sound to me vaguely familiar. In fact, Mr. Fitzgerald (I believe that is how he spells his name) seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home."

—Zelda Fitzgerald, in a review of her husband’s book in 1922 (via trishahaddad)

Reminder that F. Scott Fitzgerald stole his wife’s writing, many times, while suppressing her works. See “Save Me the Waltz”, which he forced her to revise so that he could use parts of it in his own book “Tender Is the Night”. And which author do we study in school?

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I didn’t know this.

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He also encouraged her to have affairs so he could use that for inspiration, and when she wanted to leave him for a man she fell in love with, he locked her in their house and wouldn’t let her leave.

When she wanted to publish “Save me the Waltz,” Fitzgerald wrote in his diary about DELIBERATELY trying to TRIGGER her schizophrenic episodes and making her incapable of fighting that battle.

And Fitzgerald scholars KNOW all this.  They write articles about how it was all okay because in the end, it inspired Fitzgerald to write Great Literature.

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Fuck I didn’t know this fuck ugh god why fuck ugh

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Yep. All true. Learned about his trifling ass studying creative writing and English lit. at CSU. Didn’t read ONE of her books on high school, yet we’re taught how amazing and talented he was. Makes me sick. xBx

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i am so conflicted and horrified

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I think it’s okay to still read his works. Chaucer was a convicted rapist, Shakespeare’s works are full of racist puns and so much of our ‘great’ literature isn’t ‘great’. I believe works exist independent of the author. That isn’t to diminish the dreadful acts of their creators, which need to be acknowledged and scrutinized; Fitzgerald should not be celebrated for any of these deeds. 

I’m reminded of R Kelly, Bryan Singer and Woody Allen when writing some of these thoughts. I’ve enjoyed all of their works, but I’ve stopped ever since learning about them. Should literature be exempt? I’m not entirely sure. The Great Gatsby is an incredible piece of literature; its language and employment of philosophical collision of existentialism and the politics of the American dream produce a mixture of scientific exploration and staccato bursts of  romantic cynicism. These deserve to be remembered, not Fitzgerald.

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January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr. is born.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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