Monday, April 09, 2007

Hidden in plain sight

Inspired by a recent episode of Studio 360's great "American Icons" series, I picked up my old, trusty, highly legible $1.25-on-the-cover, thrift-store paperback copy of The Great Gatsby and started rereading. I can't remember if I've reread it since moving to New York, but I have to admit something already sticks out at me. Tom and Myrtle's illicit but not-so-secret lovers' apartment is on 158th Street, way up here in the Heights. There are some pretty attractive looking facades over by Riverside Drive around that street, although I wonder if Fitzgerald had any particular "long white cake of apartment-houses" in mind when he set the scene there.

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