Reading for UConn Reads

By Anne D'Alleva

Explore the world of classic fiction and participate in the selection process for UConn Reads 2012-13 with Anne D'Alleva, Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee.

Gatsby on National Public Radio

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Late yesterday afternoon I was driving to the grocery store and trying very hard not to forget to get white eggs (for dyeing), which were not on my list, and which I couldn’t add to my list because I was driving and, well, you get the point.

So I was trying desperately to keep the white eggs in the forefront of my mind, which was difficult because they’re not inherently interesting, when the NPR show Studio 360 began to broadcast an episode on The Great Gatsby. What luck! I was immediately distracted.

It was a terrific show, and included an interview with the writer Jonathan Franzen, who said of the book “In 50,000 words, he tells you the central fable of America…and yet you feel like you are eating whipped cream.” The Franzen interview was one of my favorite parts but there were also interesting segments on the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film and G (2005), a hip hop film version of the Gatsby story directed by Richard T. Jones. You can listen to the podcast here.

And, yes, I remembered the white eggs.