First look: “The Great Gatsby”

Here’s a first look at Baz Luhrman’s insanely art-directed-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life high concept rendition of “The Great Gatsby.” I loved the book in high school, and even liked the Robert Redford/Mia Farrow movie of the 1970s, which made pink shirts with white collars unbelievably cool.  This version?  I dunno.  The trailer lurches between being an eyeful — [Read More...]

Great Scott: a visit to Fitzgerald’s grave

With some time to kill this weekend, my wife and I decided to pay a nostalgic visit to St. Mary’s in Rockville, Maryland, the chapel where we were married 25 years ago. Afterward, we dropped by the graveyard next door to pay our respects to its most famous residents, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This is [Read More...]

A rewritten "Great Gatsby" that grates

Last summer, I decided to revisit one of my favorite books, “The Great Gatsby.” I almost read it in one sitting.  The sheer music of it was as captivating as I remember, and the lines just flowed.  F. Scott Fitzgerald captured something elusive and haunting and real in that book; there’s a mystery and delicacy [Read More...]