Over at the L.A. Times’ book blog Jacket Copy, a round table discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has begun. The conversation includes an A-list of lit bloggers, and, improbably, a representative from BGB. The non-slacker representatives to group include:
- John Fox from Bookfox – an excellent blog that focuses on short stories and short story writing
- David Gutowski from Largehearted Boy, powerblog of all things books, music, and pop culture
- Novelist Amy Shearn (How Far Is the Ocean From Here) who blogs about bookish things at Moonlight Ambulette
- and Carolyn Kellogg lead blogger at Jacket Copy and also writes for her eponymous site
Our own correspondent, Shaft, rounds out the group. Shaft’s original post on Benjamin Button has continued to draw comments as readers Google the connection between Benjamin Button and Max Tivoli.
Here’s what has been posted so far
- Carolyn Kellogg kicks things off
- Amy Shearn joins in
- Our man Shaft jumps in
- Carolyn Kellogg opines
- John Fox joins the fray
- David Gutowski brings Monty Python to the table
- Shaft brings the math
- Amy Shearn finds the heartbreak
- John Fox finds a civil rights angle
- Shaft: Again with the bell curveBaby Got Books › Edit Post — WordPress
- John Fox addresses the problem of adaption
- Carolyn Kellogg says BB is a jerk
- John Fox responds that BB is not a jerk – is tragic
- Carolyn Kellogg talks considers adaptions
- Amy Shearn on whether characters need to be likable
- The Thrilling Conclusion
Meanwhile, the comments on Shaft’s Max Tivoli post continue. A recent commenter, Scott, pointed the way to the 2004 review of Max Tivoli in the New York Times, which discusses the “fertile” role of the fountain of youth in our literature.
You can also read the entire short story online for free along with all of Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age at Project Guttenberg. There is also a graphic novel adaptation of the story.
I’ll update as new installments are added.
Also: I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season.