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We Pitkin County Library revelers had extreme fun on Jan. 29 at our Great Read, Great Gatsby Bash. Responsible for that fun and deserving public thanks were all the beautiful people who did and didn't doll up in 1920s fashion and took to the dance floor.
David Dyer provided his impeccable, context-perfect playing that roused spontaneous singing from guests at the Bash. We wonder why David isn't playing at the Café Carlyle, but we're glad he's not; we'd rather keep him here. He's the bee's knees, and he wore a tux.
The Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Foundation generously liquefied our party since citizen tax dollars aren't allowed to. In conservative but hilarious reciprocation, library employee and ski instructor Jennifer Hearn swooped down the hill at the Gay Ski Week Costume Downhill competition in vintage ski wear reading a giant copy of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Meister knitter Robin Wittlin provided Jennifer with a fat and floppy pom-pom that gave vintage flair to a 2011 ski hat. Liz Frazier, library artist, interpreted the symbolic Ecklebert Occulist eyes in a big way. Those eyes appear in the movie version of The Great Gatsby and enhance a theme developed in the novel. Drew Brookhart (boater hat) and Anne Mosher (red boa) hosted the mah-jongg and Ouija concession.
The “Greatest” thank-you goes to the staff of The Aspen Writers' Foundation for inspiring our involvement in this year's Great Gatsby Great Read. Our organizations' purposes are aligned and harmonious, and we credit the AWF with enriching our shared literary community.
The Great Read continues through March with more events planned and more people to thank. Check in at www.pitcolib.org and www.aspenwritersfoundation.org.
23 skidoo!
Martha Durgy, Audrey Tolle and all the Pitkin County Library staff

The Great Gatsby Heads to Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is closing in on a deal to distribute Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Nothing is finalized as of yet, but the deal could be sealed as early as Friday.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Jay Gatsby, while Carey Mulligan is portraying Daisy Buchannan and Tobey Maguire is set to play the narrator Nick Carraway. Baz Luhrmann will direct from a script he co-wrote with Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge).
We reported last week that Baz Luhrmann might not be directing The Great Gatsby, although that does not seem to be the case now. Oddly enough, the story stemmed from a direct quote from Baz Luhrmann himself. It seems that everything is falling into place for The Great Gatsby now, though.
It isn't clear when production will start on The Great Gatsby quite yet.
The Great Gatsby comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Nobody has ever

 "Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." Zelda Fitzgerald

Kate Moss` engagement ring has Zelda Fitzgerald connection

Supermodel Kate Moss' engagement ring is reportedly inspired by 1920s party girl Zelda Fitzgerald.
Kate's fiance Jamie Hince is said to have spent ages trying to find an original diamond ring worn by Zelda, the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is famous for her hell-raising lifestyle, but eventually had to have a copy made.
The 37-year-old was spotted wearing the band at a London concert this week.
A source told British newspaper The Sun: 'Jamie went to great lengths to bowl Kate over with the ring. It couldn't be any old sparkler, and he knows how fascinated she is by Zelda.'
It has also been reported that Moss could get hitched in Paris where the Fitzgeralds lived.
The source added: 'The big 'kapow' moment between them happened in Paris. They see it as their place.
'She knows Zelda spent a lot of time there and, in the spirit of the ring, Kate is talking about having the whole wedding themed around the 1920s. She wants a vintage gown and that will avoid offending anyone by picking one particular designer.'

Francis "Scotti"

Scott, Zelda and Scottie

Scott and Zelda

Photos of Zelda

The Last Flapper

Strolling the shady streets of Montford in downtown Asheville, one may happen upon a large, grey stone building at the mouth of Zillicoa St. that was once on the grounds of the Highland Mental Hospital. The hospital was, during the ‘30s and ‘40s, where Zelda Fitzgerald, writer and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, spent the last years of her life. Her husband committed Zelda to the hospital in 1936 after she developed what was then considered schizophrenia. Zelda lived in the local hospital for twelve years, all the while F. Scott Fitzgerald would stay at the Grove Park Inn when visiting his wife.
On March 10, 1948, in the kitchen of a house on the grounds, a fire broke out and spread through the house, killing nine women, including Zelda Fitzgerald.
The Last Flapper is the story of Zelda Fitzgerald’s last day, based on her letters and stories, written by William Luce. The HART Studio Theatre in Waynesville will be presenting The Last Flapper on Feb. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. The story of one of the most influential women of the roaring twenties will be in the Fletcher Studio Theatre: tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the HART Box Office at 456-6322.