Just when will some philanthropist Get It? The Great Gatsby, perhaps the American novel of the 20th century, needs to be on the Net for U.S. students to read for free.
Washington Bono-ized Gatsby out of the current public domain here in the States, but I still keep hoping that a public-spirited business type will understand the possibilities here. I’m talking about fair payment to the Fitzgerald heirs. Bill Gates owns several copies of the paper edition and has called Gatsby his favorite book. Maybe he can read Sheila O’Malley‘s birthday tribute to Fitzgerald and understand why for years I’ve been saying that Gatsby should be online for free in the States. The “in the” is important. Gatsby is free in Australia via the Gutenberg-related site there. As interpreted by Gutenberg, Australian law still regards Gatsby as in the public domain, despite a recent lengthening of Aussie copyright terms. Here’s to the glories of “grandfathering” or equivalents!
Speaking of the past: Check out the NYT’s take on New Orleans books and other literature.
Left arm update: It still aches. Rx: muscle relaxant. I still can’t post as often as I’d like.