F. Scott Fitzgerald

Did anyone have a choice about reading The Great Gatsby in high school and college? I sure didn’t but it ended up sticking with many—so many quotes, so classic American 20s, so much of everything. The green light across the water, the carelessness, T.J. Eckleburg’s eyes, the partying…. This book was my first glimpse into the decadent Roaring ‘20s, it wasn’t that hard to read for a classic (maybe I read this after a Faulkner book (blecchhhh) and was feeling thankful), and it had some images and quotes that stuck in my brain and get triggered every so often.

 

I could go on for days, there are so many things in this book to make us think, but it’s the carelessness quote that sticks out most: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.

 

Exactly! People who don’t care about anyone but themselves. There are so many names you could insert here, both from the book (e.g. Jay Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson) and plenty of real-life people (too many to name!).

 

And the best thing for a girl to be is a beautiful little fool? Well, thank goodness our girls aren’t!