“I Am Essentially Marxian” and Other Notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

D. H. Lawrence great attempt to synthesize animal and emotional—things he left out. Essential pre-Marxian. Just as I am essentially Marxian. When Whitman said “Oh Pioneers” he said all. Byron’s mountains warm. Reporting the extreme things as if they were the average things will start you on the art of fiction. Work out my hard… Continue reading “I Am Essentially Marxian” and Other Notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

“Books Are Like Brothers” and Other Notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

Nothing is any more permitted in fiction like stage convention of keeping people on stage by coincidences. Must listen for conversation style a la Joyce Nevertheless value of Ernest’s feeling about the pure heart when writing—in other words the comparatively pure heart, the “house in order.”  Resent the attempt of the boys and girls who… Continue reading “Books Are Like Brothers” and Other Notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

“Jimber-jawed Serge” and Other Names from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

A grand duke—“Jimber-jawed Serge.” Name: Umphadel Piluski Gangster Salve Spitale—Saliva Spit. Gooshoofenstein Von Beasinghausen Meglomania McCarthy English clubman named Cumbersom Names Lee Spurgeon, Stoner, Mortimer, Flieshhacker, Henry P. Jacques. Borre. Bryon Appledeck Name for movie house “What’s at the Dementia?” Mr. Schlchgd from Notre Dame in novel. Beauty boy Johnston Name Howya Bartlett Joe Crusoe Hummer for… Continue reading “Jimber-jawed Serge” and Other Names from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

“Ernest Taking Me to That Bum Restaurant” and Other References to Hemingway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks are crammed with little sketches, scenes, observations, and, uh, notes (obviously). Although they are brief, his notes on Ernest Hemingway reveal much about Fitzgerald’s agon with Papa. Ernest—until we began trying to walk over each other with cleats. Snubs—Gen. Mannsul, Telulah phone, Hotel O’Con­nor, Ada Farewell, Toulman party, Barrymore, Tal­madge, and M. Davies. Emily… Continue reading “Ernest Taking Me to That Bum Restaurant” and Other References to Hemingway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Turkey Leftovers

From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks— TURKEY REMAINS AND HOW TO INTER THEM WITH NUMEROUS SCARCE RECIPES At this post holiday season the refrigerators of the nation are overstuffed with large masses of turkey, the sight of which is calculated to give an adult an attack of dizziness. It seems, therefore, an appropriate time to give the owners… Continue reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Turkey Leftovers

“The two basic stories of all times are Cinderella and Jack the Giant Killer” and other notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald

Art invariably grows out of a period when in general the artist admires his own nation and wants to win its approval. This fact is not altered by the circumstances that his work may take the form of satire for satire is the subtle flattery of a certain minority in a nation. The greatest artists… Continue reading “The two basic stories of all times are Cinderella and Jack the Giant Killer” and other notes from F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Our April Letter” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is April again. Roller skates rain slowly down the street Your voice far away on the phone Once I would have jumped like a clown through a hoop— but “Then the area of infection has increased? …oh …What can I expect after all—I’ve had worse shocks. Anyhow, I know and that’s something.” (Like hell it is,… Continue reading “Our April Letter” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Bread and Butter Letter from a Chicago Gentleman” — F. Scott Fitgerald

Dear Marion, I certainly enjoyed myself. The chow was all good, mostly, but the butter was rancid. The bed was hard but uncomfortable. The talk was over my head but there was some made sense—that part about my being a great guy for instance. I got home sick at the stummuck but I do not… Continue reading “Bread and Butter Letter from a Chicago Gentleman” — F. Scott Fitgerald

“Suicide and wife arrive in Cuba” and Other Wise Cracks from F. Scott Fitzgerald

From the “Epigrams, Wise Cracks and Jokes” section ofd  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Noteboooks: Suicide and wife arrive in Cuba. Let’s all live together. Debut—the first time a young girl is seen drunk in public. He repeated to himself an old French proverb he had made up that morning. A sleeping porch is a back room with no… Continue reading “Suicide and wife arrive in Cuba” and Other Wise Cracks from F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Dyed Siberian Horse” (And Twelve Other Descriptions of Things and Atmosphere)

More from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magical Notebooks— 143 Days of this February were white and magical, the nights were starry and crystalline. The town lay under a cold glory. 144 Dyed Siberian horse. 145 As thin as a repeated dream. 146 The sea was coming up in little intimidating rushes. 147 The island floated, a boat… Continue reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Dyed Siberian Horse” (And Twelve Other Descriptions of Things and Atmosphere)

“Seen in a Junk Yard” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Notebooks— Dogs, chickens with few claws, brass fittings, T’s elbow, rust everywhere, bales of metal 1800 lbs., plumbing fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, water pumps, wheels, Fordson tractor, Acetylene lamps for tractors, sewing machine, bell on dingy, box of bolts, No. 1 van, stove, auto stuff (No. 2), army trucks, cast iron, body hot dog… Continue reading “Seen in a Junk Yard” — F. Scott Fitzgerald