Since I'm no longer forced to read for class, and watching mindless television seems a bit wrong*, I decided to pick out some books to read. Now, usually when I get into bookworm mode I have the urge to go out and buy a new book. I don't know about you, but my bookshelf has at least a dozen books I have bought and never read, or books that I know I need to reread.
And so, while browsing my own library I settled on The Great Gatsby. Yes, we all read it in high school, but after reading the first few pages I was already blown away at the literary style, and really, by the first few lines:
.....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 people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
.....He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.
And so I'm revisiting the Roaring Twenties, and I'm picturing those shapeless shift dresses women wore that still managed to make them look either glamorous or elegant, but always exquisitely feminine. And their dapper men with their hair slicked to the side, and how a time of prohibition really brought out the exhibitionist in everyone.
And I happened to find this article as I was looking for pictures. A possibly remake? I've actually never seen the Robert Redford version. I'll need to rent it once I'm finished.
*Mindless television does not include the new seasons of Project Runway, Top Chef, or the Rachel Zoe Project. Clearly those fall into the category of educational television.