Back when the new Great Gatsby movie was coming out, I wrote a post with a story about a friend who complained when I ruined the plot for him.
Basically, as I was talking about the movie, I mentioned that Gatsby died. My friend had never seen the movie, nor read the book, so this was all news to him. He jokingly accused me of “spoiling” the plot.
So in that old post, I asked whether or not there’s a statute of limitations on spoiler alerts. I mean, after a novel’s been out 90 years, can’t we stop dancing around spoilers? Read more
You guys know I love The Great Gatsby. It’s my favorite novel, and it currently sits #1 out of the 76 novels I’ve read during this project so far.
But I haven’t talked about the novel in a really long time, like two weeks maybe. So I thought I’d break down why Gatsby is so awesome in a fun Friday listicle.
Let’s go! So why is The Great Gatsby the greatest novel ever? Read more
Let’s have a little fun with Google Translate again.
We tried this a few months ago with mild success, so I thought I’d give it another go.
Basically, I just take famous passages from literature, then kick them through a gauntlet of 5 to 10 languages and spit them back out in English. Then we see what we’ve got.
Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s weird. Sometimes it’s fairly similar to the original.
And off we go: Read more
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
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
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.