“Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being…”

Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.“

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This quote still rings true even today. Fitzgerald was an inspiring novelist, a master of literature and of prose. I look back to my early days as a writer, and I remember furiously retyping The Great Gatsby on my half broken IBM Selectric typewriter with a head full of mescaline and cocaine, just trying to get some sort of an idea of what it would feel like to produce such greatness from my own fingertips. I can’t imagine the novel being written any other way, changing even a single word. It is essentially perfect, or at least as perfect as anything words could ever produce. Fitzgerald played a crucial role in American literature and has continued to be an inspiration to me throughout my career. RIP