Saturday, November 7

The Crack-Up - F. Scott Fitzgerald (1945)

Wikipedia - "The Crack-Up (1945) is a collection of essays by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It consists of previously unpublished letters, notes and also three essays originally written for and published first in the Esquire magazine during 1936. It was compiled and edited by Edmund Wilson shortly after Fitzgerald's death in 1940. ... As an example of this 'truth,' he cites the ability to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. However, in modern decision theory, this quote has been used by some to explain the bias shown in many experiments where subjects gather information to justify a preconceived notion. These experiments suggest that the mental ability described by Fitzgerald (being able to see both sides of an argument) is more uncommon than many assume."
'The Crack-Up' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
New Yorker: As Big as the Ritz
PBS - Essay: The Crack-Up
YouTube: Spoken Essay | "The Crack-Up" F. Scott Fitzgerald 1/3, 2/3, 3/3