What shape do we expect the decades of our life to take? In my twenties, I lived in 10 different cities, became the first member of my family to graduate from college, marched through a few serious relationships, abandoned the religion of my youth and completed writing 3 (of 4) novels. But so much is left undone.
On May 10th, Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (in 3D) will release in theaters.
I turn 30 this year. Such milestones inspire retrospection, a look back on the decade that was and contemplation of the decade that will be. What have I accomplished in my twenties, and what will I accomplish beyond them? What did I fail to achieve, and will those achievements remain out of reach? When measured … Continue reading My Twenties
One of the most prominent novelists of his age, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote what some consider the definitive American novel, yet gnawing at the edge of his talent was an addiction that would eventually overshadow his greatest achievements.
"Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry." ~ The Great Gatsby It feels like this debate over wealth distribution has to be reaching a tipping a point. Between the Occupy Walls Street Protests, the Republican candidate debates and the release of the report detailing "Trends in the Distribution … Continue reading The Rich Are Different Than You and Me
That makes one box down, hopefully two to go (though probably three). The ritual of packing is a familiar one, though one I still manage to screw up in the silly ways: Writing the address on the clear tape instead of under it; overpacking some boxes, underpacking others; those sorts of things that you'd think, … Continue reading One Box Packed
... now, for the 10th time in 10 consecutive summers.
One bird comes and another flies the coop If you don’t know what to look for, you might just believe nothing’s changed The car’s waiting Stand me up, stare me down, set me straight I’m only now getting used to getting used Fills me up with pride just to get your phone call and hear … Continue reading Ginevra Queen