Art Exhibit

Here’s a cool event:

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens is exhibiting the art of Zelda Fitzgerald (married to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the “Great Gatbsy” guy?) beginning Nov. 7. There are other related events: a symposium called “Icons of an Era,” Nov. 15-17, and a gala in the museum gardens where you can dress up in evening attire of the era.

(For you non-literature buffs…here’s a quick guide to “The Great Gatsby.” Memorize the facts and mingle all night. Gala’s the 17th. You’ll have to figure out the fashions yourselves.)

I’m really excited about this because I am one of those geeks who reads books that other people still hate from high school English class–and I read them voluntarily! Isn’t that sad? One of my favorites is called “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. No, wait, come back! This isn’t one of those minimalist bullfighting/war stories with “thee’s” and “thou’s” in it. This is his memoir, before he had any money and he was living in Paris in the 1920’s. It’s very cool. One of his best friends back then was F. Scott Fitzgerald, who obsesses about Zelda like…well, exactly like your friends obsess about their love lives. Nothing has changed in the last eightysomething years. Here’s one passage about her, and it’ll give you some idea of Hemingway’s opinion:

“Zelda had hawk’s eyes and a thin mouth and deep-south manners and accent. Watching her face you could see her mind leave the table and go to the night’s party and return with her eyes blank as a cat’s and then pleased, and the pleasure would show along the thin line of her lips and then be gone…Scott did not write anything more [after “Gatsby”] that was good until after he knew she was insane.”

I’m dying to see this exhibit. And don’t worry, your American Literature lesson is over for the day. :)

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