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I came across this very sweet and sentimental post at Lists of Note about a list F. Scott Fitzgerald made to his daughter Scottie in a letter in 1933.
Despite his own struggles with alcoholism, his writing talent shines even in a letter to his daughter. In a way, this list reminds of Polonius’ speech to his son, in Hamlet, “neither a borrower nor a lender be…”
I think these are good rules of thumb to live by. I’m really glad I came across post, because I didn’t even know a book of Fitzgerald’s letters even existed. I really need to get my hands on a copy.
(Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters; Image: F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter, Scottie, in 1924.)
Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Things not to worry about:
Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions
Things to think about:
What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?
With dearest love,
My list of books I’m currently reading changes as frequently as I change my shirt. I’ve been very indecisive about books these past few weeks. I pick something up, only to put it back down after a few chapters. Between full time work and graduate school, my mental capacity to read full novels is on minimum impulse right now.
But, lo and behold, I have found a couple of books that have managed to keep my interest for more than the first few chapters.
1. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(it is really refreshing to read his short stories. I had Great Gatsby drilled into my brain in AP English class my senior year of high school, and although that novel is the apex of literary greatness of the 20th century, according to my teacher, I find that I enjoy Fitzgerald’s short stories more. Each character is different, each has his own story of self-preservation and perseverance in this rough and materialistic world).
2. By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
(This book I picked up on my way out to lunch, and I haven’t been able to put it down. At its basic level it is a love story, it is a love story that the readers know from the beginning will end tragically, but it is written beautifully and with realistic colloquial language that makes it a book that any reader can pick up and empathize with.)
Its nicer being out a book rut than being in one. Now the problem is just to make time for everything.