Sunday, August 9, 2009

Another Beach Day

So The Famous Author is taking me and The Whip to The Hamptons today. He's going to play The Great Gatsby, hanging out in his white linen suit at the bookstore, while me and the Mrs. sun ourselves on the beach. He doesn't know if we're going to East Egg or West Egg, but he says F. Scott will be there with him in spirit. Urging him to damn the torpedoes and speed ahead.

Me, I think he's whistling in the dark. I just hope it doesn't rain.

Wikipedia on The Hamptons: "The Hamptons refers specifically to the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the east end of Long Island, New York. These townships occupy the South Fork of Long Island. According to the Census Bureau, the Hamptons have a land area of 213.18 sq mi. Officially they also have 463.34 sq mi of water area. Their total population as of the 2000 census was 74,431 inhabitants. By far their most populous community is Hampton Bays. The next most populous are Springs, North Sea, and East Quogue.

The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical Summer Colonies of the American Northeast. The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Railroad, Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney provide connections to the rest of Long Island and to the City, while ferries connect North Haven and Montauk to Shelter Island and Connecticut. The strictest definition of "The Hamptons" refers to the South Fork of Long Island east of the Shinnecock Canal."

If you've never read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, please do so. Writers should know what they're shooting for.

4 comments:

Marshall-Stacks said...

I am deeply worried that bloody Baz Lurrhmann will succeed in his intention to re-film TGG.
It will not be A Good Thing, in any way (except that all the publicity could attract new readers).

Austin Carr said...

I'm going to Google Baz.

Marshall-Stacks said...

oops sorry!

Baz is diminutive of Barry,
itself a diminutive of Barrington.

Barry as in Barry Humphries, is a very very common Australian boys name of era past.

Baz Luhrman is film director, his wife does his costumes and has an Oscar (for his Moulin Rouge)
Baz recently aped George Stevens panoramic GIANT (Edna Ferber novel) in making AUSTRALIA with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
It was a stinker.
Now he intends to ruin The Great Gatsby. I hate remakes.

Austin Carr said...

Stinker is a kind word for that movie. Ouch. I couldn't watch more than 15-20 minutes.