The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary is out now. Anne Margaret Daniel writes for the HuffPo on ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Sayre, and Montgomery, Alabama in 2013‘ and the 12th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference:
…close to 200 Fitzgerald scholars, admirers, students, readers, and teachers from all over the world – though readers, and admirers, serves to define us all. There were papers and panels on all Fitzgerald’s major novels, his short stories, Zelda’s art and ballet, Montgomery during World War I, Baz Luhrmann’s new movie of The Great Gatsby (2013), and more. Lee Smith, author of a luminous new novel set at the Highlands Hospital near Asheville, N.C., where Zelda was institutionalized and died in 1948, and featuring Zelda as a character, read from that novel, Guests on Earth. Writer and music critic Will Friedwald, organizer of Tales of the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook, and Scott Donaldson, author of literary biographies including Fool For Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald, spoke at the conference. The new number of the Fitzgerald Review was published as proceedings began. The Fitzgerald Society, sponsors of the Review and of the Fitzgerald conferences, has convened biennially over the past three decades in sites significant to the Fitzgeralds: Baltimore, Nice, Princeton, and now Zelda’s hometown, where the young couple first met in the summer of 1918.
And at Penn State (from their press release):
“The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald” runs Nov. 14 through Dec. 15 at the gallery located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library. The works are on loan from Fitzgerald’s granddaughter, Cecilia Ross, of Kennett Square, who will attend the opening reception, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
The collection is not a touring exhibition, but on loan exclusively to The Gallery at Penn College.
Rural Studio is really doing really well getting to their goal of raising enough money to build eight of their $20k houses. The deadline for fundraising is December 6 (give here) and here’s the progress.
Does a 40-foot Godzilla-like creature need to be constructed here in the South and appropriately covered in kudzu? Well yes and surely there already is somewhere, but there’s a campaign started by someone in California to do, at Kickstarter:
A documentary, ‘America’s Amazon: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta’ has premiered and will be at upcoming film festivals: