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Thanksgiving with F. Scott Fitzgerald

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

The Great Gatsby

Not your typical Thanksgiving day quote. But F. Scott Fitzgerald’s opening sentence to the Great Gatsby is a timeless maxim.

From: The Great Gatsby

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Marginalia Yo

I dig the marginalia in my used copy of A Moveable Feast as much as the original text. It makes me think of the books history, of the previous owner.

Was he or she a grad student? An aspiring writer? A college freshman trying to pass Literature 1?

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Walt Whitman’s Great Are the Myths pt.3

Great is today, and beautiful,
It is good to live in this age….there never was any better.


From: Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics), pg.156

No better way to celebrate the last day of October than with Walt Whitman.

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Walt Whitman’s Great Are the Myths pt.2

Great is liberty! Great is equality! I am their follower,
Helmsmen of nations, choose your craft....where you
sail I sail,
Yours is the muscle of life or death....your is the perfect
science....in you I have absolute faith.

From: Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics), pg.156

I didn’t imagine Walt Whitman being an optimistic poet. The first few lines of Great Are the Myths is all Walt admiring people and ideas with intensity.