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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What to Read after you Reread The Great Gatsby

With Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby coming to theaters this Friday, we've noticed  many customers rereading F Scott Fitzgerald or perhaps even discovering him for the first time. Jessica H recommends Delmore Schwartz's In Dreams Begin Responsibilities as a chaser to your Jazz Age indulgences. With gentle self mockery and delectable prose, Schwartz describes what it was to arrive at adulthood in the Great Depression having been raised on the decadent artistry of the 1920s. Though very much of the age in which it was written, the potent story of a generation's disillusionment and difficulties transitioning into adulthood is universal and timely. Just reissued with a gorgeous new cover from New Directions Press with a preface by Schwartz's pupil, Lou Reed, it's the perfect complement and logical next step to witnessing Gatsby's fall. Read it while floating in the pool this summer.

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