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Great (F) Scott!

My unhealthy deep love and adoration for F. Scott Fitzgerald is no secret. I love his writing, anecdotes, and reading about his fascinating life.

I was first made aware of his genius in my high school AP American Lit class (shoutout to Mr. Costello and MHS). I had no interest in literature, interpretation, or active reading prior to this class. I would read for fun but never really engage the material. Quite honestly, I didn’t know how. But thanks to a scary great teacher and classic novels, a small seed of appreciation for literature was planted in me.

Today, it has grown tremendously. I’ve started to read and *gasp* attempt to understand books on my own (with the help of the internetz)

Fitzgerald really was a wizard and he’s still one of my favorite authors to read. And re-read.

I’ve developed a slight obsession with all things not only Fitzgerald, but Gatsby-related over the years. It’s easily my favorite book (HP takes spots 2-8, obvi). I’ve read it countless times and can never seem to get enough. One of my best friends just confessed to me that she’s never actually read the book, so I can’t wait to make encourage her to read it!

My obsession never gets the chance to wane as new ties to the story pop up everyday: the film (by my FAVORITE director, Baz, no less), a red wine with its namesake (anyone in FL or NY want to field a shipment for me?!), even the tragic demolition of the Gatsby mansion inspiration (if only I had a couple Gs in the bank).

I can read about him/his work for hours but lucky for me, I can even experience a bit of his life for myself! It’s a strange coincidence that Fitzgerald was born and raised in none other than St. Paul, MN. How lucky that I just so happen to live in the same state, let alone AREA as one of my idols?! Pretty damn lucky.

I’ve been wanting to visit some of the historic Fitzgerald sites since I moved to Minneapolis. Being that he lived here for many years, there’s much to see! My favorite internet discovery from the past few years is the “Fitzgerald Walking Tour.” What a genius idea?! People have mapped out where Fitzgerald lived and hung out and made a handy guide for stalkers enthusiasts like myself! There are a couple I’ve ran across but these two are the best:

http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/pdf/fitzgeraldbrochure.pdf

http://home.comcast.net/~caudle2/fscotwlk.htm

On Friday, I am planning to go with a couple of friends and follow in Fitzgerald’s footsteps! Camera and maps in hand, I can’t wait to visit his old haunts and mingle with the places that cultivated his genius! I have goose-bumps already!

I hope to cap off my tours with a stop at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading Alcove at the Central Library. What a beautiful tribute! And you can bet I’ll have a copy of Gatsby in my bag.

Oh and did I mention that there is a similar tour out in California featuring the setting for Fitzgerald’s post-MN life?? My wallet is cringing as I search Kayak for flights…

“To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.”

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Recipe Heaven

Found this post and I died. Need to make these homemade thin-mint cookies!

A great way to wait for my mom to send me my boxes 🙂

http://bakingbites.com/2005/10/thin-minties/

 

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More Gatsby…

I hate video games. Like I’m terrible at them, which means I never play (I’m very competitive and a horrible loser).

see also: monopoly fiasco of 2007

But this is one game i will have been playing for the past like three days. SO COOL! Glad some people out there are as obsessed with Gatsby as I am…

 

http://greatgatsbygame.com/

 

Just passed level 1 btw! YAY!

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These are perfect!

YOU MUST CLICK THIS LINK!

http://greenweddingshoes.com/the-notebook-inspired-engagement-photos/

I DIED when I saw this article!

Seriously, the photos are so romantic!

This couple looks so in love!

I love the old-fashioned touches, especially the sepia and the black and white. And the rain!

There are a ton of gorgeous photos all over this site! Check it out! I spent about 20 minutes clicking around myself.

Now, excuse me while I go watch “The Notebook” for the bajillionth time….

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. “

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Quick: what’s the fourth amendment??

Found this website one night and I am obsessed!

So many fascinating articles! (And I’m a sucker for a good crossword!)

 

http://www.whatwouldthefoundersthink.com/bill-of-rights-puzzle

 

Makes you really wonder how much you know about our nation’s history and the fundamental documents we hold dear.

 

 

PS Don’t worry if you think the puzzles are tough–they are. I couldn’t finish this one without my handy pocket constitution #noshame

 

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I’m on an America kick

Old school America, that is. Like 1776 colonial America.

 

This quiz made me laugh! Ever wondered which of our founders you are most like? I’m guessing no one is as nerdy as me, so no. But it’s kinda fun! Give it a try!

 

I was good ole Ben Franklin 🙂

 

http://constitutioncenter.org/FoundersQuiz/

 

(thanks to raq for the link)

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