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:
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.”