A Brief Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald on His Birthday

Encore post from 5 years ago.

A Small Press Life

Dear Scott,

Another year has gone by, and I still find you as enigmatic and problematic as ever. You, who could write such beautiful words, ruffle my feathers like few others. You, who squandered such exemplary gifts, frustrate me to the point of madness. Although I’ve never loved you, not even a bit, I have spent some wonderful time in your company. At this point in the game, I realize that I will never stop questioning you and, in questioning you, relentlessly, learn more about myself than I ever cared to know. Happy birthday, you beautiful bastard.

Yours (but not really),

Maedez

F. Scott Fitzgerald by Gordon Bryant. Shadowland, 1921. F. Scott Fitzgerald by Gordon Bryant. Shadowland, 1921.

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”-This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 9-The Hills Beyond

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? The Hills Beyond by Thomas Wolfe.

The Hills Beyond

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: THE HILLS BEYOND
  • AUTHOR: THOMAS WOLFE
  • THIS EDITION: 1968
  • SIGNET CLASSICS

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

This is another case of filling a hole in my collection. I also really dig the cover.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 7-Wide Sargasso Sea

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

Wide Sargasso Sea

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: WIDE SARGASSO SEA
  • AUTHOR: JEAN RHYS
  • INTRODUCTION: FRANCIS WYNDHAM
  • YEAR PUBLISHED:1966/FIRST PUBLISHED AS A NORTON PAPERBACK IN 1982
  • W.W. NORTON & COMPANY

Markings

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

I didn’t have a copy of this short novel in my collection, and the price was, of course, right. Nothing deeper than that.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.