Literary Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Blog | 6 Comments

After our post about the NYPL, Mayra and I started chatting about some of our truly favorite books.  We thought it would be kind of fun to do “inspiration” boards around our favorite novels.. the only problem is I apparently don’t like any novel that actual has a happy ending or doesn’t end in death.  So, since everything I loved was equally “chipper”, my deciding factor was a site visit that we had earlier this week to the de Seversky Center, a Gold Coast mansion now nestled on the campus of NYIT. It was so evocative of one of my favorite novels from my teenage years, The Great Gatsby, that I went home to try and find my beat up copy from Mr. Faciano’s Senior AP lit class. (A testament to his teaching skills, I actually remember EVERY single book that we read that year and I actually think I have all of my original books).  Found it I did and only after skimming it did I remember, “wow, that ending is kind of a downer.” BUT, you know what isn’t a downer?  Jazz Age Glam, bootlegging whiskey and fancy mansions!

So, from left to right, we have a Paris Society by Max Beckemann, Harlem Renaissance Wedding by James VanDerZee, the De Seversky Center exterior, Retro Glam headpiece and gown by  Johanna Johnson via Ruffled Blog , Josephine Baker, a fabulous Art Deco table setting, roaring 20’s glam bride, 20’s cafe society couple in Chanel, “The Figure 5 in Gold” by Charles Demuth, Flowers by Saipua and photo by Heather Waraska from our SMP photoshoot, Retro 20’s textile design (20th Century Pattern Design by Lesley Jackson), Glam pink bouquets, Gorgeous Jenny Packham gown.


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  2. Kathryn
    February 6, 2011

    What a beautiful inspiration board!

  3. Michael and Anna Costa
    February 8, 2011

    Amazing inspiration and very beautiful post! Thanks for sharing.

  4. tim king
    February 9, 2011

    This is such a cool post! Awesome job with the inspiration board. I really like how you talked about your AP lit teacher, I had someone similar my sophomore year of hs…it really is true – you DO remember what they taught more than any other teacher.

    Great post – putting your blog on my bookmarks now, keep us updated with more of this kind of stuff!

  5. tim king
    February 9, 2011

    PS – love the site title!

  6. Mr. Fas
    November 28, 2012

    Thanks for the shout-out. You have a beautiful website.


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