The Great Gatsby

Is E gradually killing off standalone books? Are we too series-crazed now?

By David Rothman
September 29, 2015 // 4 Comments

Would Moby-Dick or The Great Gatsby work out as a series? Well, to an extent, I can see possibilities. A book as long as Moby-Dick, some 206,000 words, could supply a bounty of plots and subplots for a series. And Gatsby? It’s short, just 47,000 words, but oh the characters! I can [...]

‘Gatsby: My Story’: A book review

By David Rothman
April 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

Nick Carraway and your English lit professor got it all wrong. A madman’s gunshots did not kill the hero of The Great Gatsby, published 90 years ago on April 10, 1925. The corpse inside the coffin was someone else, a clever ruse. With a “heavyweight team” of FBI men about to nab him, the [...]

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Personal Ledger Now Online

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

The general public now has a rather unusual chance to see how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mind worked when it came to some of the not-quite-literary aspects of his life. His handwritten financial ledger has been digitized and put on the University of South Carolina’s website, where anyone can access [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By David Rothman
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries

By David Rothman
December 2, 2012 // 5 Comments

In an even more wired future, what will be the needs of public libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere? Just what is the role of libraries if “a person can access much of the information in the world from a device”? How to bring about the right kind of “lasting changes”? The Bill and Melinda [...]

Jonathan Franzen dislikes e-books

By Chris Meadows
February 1, 2012 // 5 Comments

Novelist Jonathan Franzen, who is winning great popularity lately for his books, recently indulged in a diatribe against e-books, spouting some of the same tired rhetoric that the paper panickers always seem to think is original to them. Paper is permanent and durable, Franzen writes. “The Great [...]

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