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7 Bad Dating Tips From Literature

When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite that bad.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the right girl, and the rest is history.

But even though my “game” probably sucked, I knew some common rules of dating. I mean, the really, really basic do’s and don’ts.

The same can’t be said for some of these characters from literature. These guys and girls really knew how to screw up some relationships.

Here’s the type of advice they might give you based on their stories. Read more

The First 70: A Look Back

I usually conduct this little exercise after every 10 books, but I completely forgot after book 70. So I’m a little late this time around.

It’s been nearly 4 years, 70+ books, and 30,000 pages since I started this project. So let’s take a look back. Here are some of the best and the worst from the first 70 books I’ve read this time around. Read more

Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Spoiler Alerts?

The other day, while casually talking about The Great Gatsby movie at work, I mentioned a key fact about the ending–Gatsby’s ultimate fate, so to speak.

I didn’t think much of it. The book is 90 years old. I honestly thought everyone in the western world kind of, sort of, knew that story.

Like, if I was talking about the David and Goliath story and I said, “Then David slings a rock at the giant Goliath and kills him,” I don’t feel like I would be ruining that story for anyone. We all know David kills Goliath, right?

So I mistakenly thought Gatsby was along the same lines of familiarity for most people. And I was wrong. That’ll teach me for equating biblical literature with Fitzgerald.

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Why I Disagree With Critics Of The New Gatsby Film

I missed the boat.

I missed the boat filled with people who believe the new Gatsby movie sucked. That ship sailed and I wasn’t on it. I don’t know what’s up with those people.

In this post, I’ll explain why I disagree with most critics on The Great Gatsby movie. The film has been critically panned, receiving 49% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve read several recurring arguments online, and I want to take a look at each of those.

As a reminder, I’ve read the Gatsby novel five times. It’s my favorite book, and if a director did a crappy job of putting Fitzgerald’s story on screen, I would be more than happy to ridicule said director.

In this case, I think Baz Luhrmann did a (mostly) excellent job of making this classic novel into a Hollywood film. But let’s take a look at what some of his critics are saying.

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Gatsby For Nintendo, Old Sport!

Hey, did you know that The Great Gatsby comes out on Friday? Have I mentioned that before? Did you know I’m a Gatsby fan? I haven’t talked about that before, have I?

You know I’ll have to review the movie after I watch it (going on Sunday). I might do that next week.

In the meantime, here’s a great way to kill a few hours while you are at work today. Don’t blame me, though.

It’s a 100% fully functional, fully playable online version of The Great Gatsby NES video game from the 1980s.

This is what the internet was made for, my friends.

Gatsby in a video game? Weird. But crazy cool weird. Here’s how it works, according to the Gatsby game website that hosts it.

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You’ll Need $186,000 To Buy This Book

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed whether or not we cared about owning signed copies of books. I mentioned that, for the most part, I could care less–with some exceptions, like legendary authors, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc.

When I said that, I naively thought a signed book by one of those authors might costs several hundred dollars, maybe a thousand or so. Boy, was I an idiot.

After doing a little research at Peter Harrington’s site–he’s a bookseller who specializes in signed, first-edition books, I realized just how stupid I was for thinking such books would go for so cheap.

Here are just a few examples I pulled from Harrington’s site:

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Will You Read A Book More Than Once?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read The Great Gatsby. I think this last time, when I reviewed it for the blog, made my fifth read-through. But I honestly don’t know.

That’s saying something. Because I’m typically not a repeat book-reader or movie watcher. Once I’ve read a book or watched the movie, then I rarely will go through it again.

My wife can watch the same movie 10 times. And I just don’t get it because I’m thinking…you know what’s about to happen!

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