August 20, 2000 |
Oh this age! How tasteless and ill-bred it is!" wrote the Roman poet Catullus in the 1st century BC. He wasn't complaining, mind you, so much as reveling: He was one of the most astonishingly rude and crude literati of all time, a guy whose verses were so explicitly raunchy and full of scatological insults toward his rivals that they make Howard Stern seem like a Care Bear.
January 12, 1995 |
In the 1930s, women who dared to dye their hair often left the beauty shop with violent headaches, swollen eyelids and blisters on their foreheads. A decade later, the picture wasn't much prettier. "We used to make these diabolical bleaches, mixing 20-volume peroxide in a bowl with three drops of ammonia," Vidal Sassoon told Vogue a few years ago. "The number had to be exact, and I was terrified my hand would shake--it was as primitive as that."
April 24, 1993
Timothy Hutton will portray F. Scott Fitzgerald and Natasha Richardson will play his wife in "Zelda," a TV movie that the TNT cable channel expects to debut later this year. The film will chronicle the couple's high living during the 1920s and her breakdown in the years that followed.
August 6, 1995
I just can't wait to see "The Prisoner of Zelda" (Movie Listings, July 30). Don't tell me, let me guess. A swashbuckling zendup of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night"? ARTHUR LONDON Malibu Was the prisoner Dobie Gillis or Maynard G. Krebs? Will you be contacting Assemblywoman Sheila J. Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) for research assistance? PAUL YOUNG El Segundo
July 21, 1998 |
James Joyce's "Ulysses," the epic story about one man's journey during a single day in Dublin, Ireland, has been unanimously selected by a panel of scholars and writers as the best English-language novel of the century. F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" was second, and Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" was third. The selections by the Modern Library's editorial board in New York were generally older, recognized classics.
June 21, 1992
If Deanne Stillman ("Cairo by the Mohave," Guest Bites Town, May 10) wants to do a brilliant, ironic, erudite, warmed-over takeoff on Aldoux Huxley and F. Scott Fitzgerald, why doesn't she skip the comparisons to Rome and Cairo and visit Athens. It's an unincorporated area just south and east of Inglewood, not too far from Watts. Not just now, though. They're a little impatient at present with ancient history. FRED SCIFERS Downey
December 3, 1995
I read with great enthusiasm Sergio Ortiz's article, "New Orleans, They Wrote" (Sept. 24), particularly a five-paragraph reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald. As both a writer of New Orleans and ardent scholar of Fitzgerald, I thought that in Ortiz I had somehow run across an undiscovered gem of "Fitzgeraldia." However, upon returning to my sources, I find no mention of any stint in New Orleans "while revising the galleys of his first novel 'This Side of Paradise.' " The entire affair is placed by all sources (including Fitzgerald's own essay "Early Success")