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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tony Earley and Gatsby

 We had a great time chatting with Tony Earley last night. He talked about his favorite novel, "The Great Gatsby," his passion for writing and F. Scott Fitzgerald among other things. One of my favorite moments was when he said: "It is possible to write 'The Great Gatsby' right up until the moment that you don't... I may never write 'The Great Gatsby' but it's a possibility and I will die trying."

"He had come a long way to this blue dawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter---to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning---
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."