Scraps from F. Scott’s notebook

My edition of The Crack-Up, from New Directions, includes a bunch of other assorted scraps found in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s notebook. They are amazing.  Plots, lines, ideas, whatever.  Here are some from the two pages I happened to open to:

  • A tree, finding water, pierces roof and solves a mystery.
  • Girl and giraffe
  • Marionettes during dinner party meeting and kissing
  • Play about a whole lot of old people – terrible things happen to them and they don’t really care.
  • Play: The Office – an orgy after hours during the boom.
  • A bat chase.  Some desperate young people apply for jobs at Camp, knowing nothing about wood lore but pretending, each one.
  • Girl whose ear is so sensitive she can hear radio.  Man gets her out of insane asylum to use her.
  • Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art.  You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges. (hear that DFW?!)
  • Girl marries a dissipated man and keeps him in healthy seclusion.  She meanwhile grows restless and raises hell on the side

On the next page begins the section “Jingles and Songs.”


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