The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald | Recreating the Past in a Valley of Ashes | The Cave of Apelles

The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald | Recreating the Past in a Valley of Ashes

Carl Korsnes and Jan-Ove Tuv sit down to talk about Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel “The Great Gatsby”.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Making the present eternal
  • Condensed storytelling and sensory descriptions
  • The rich descriptions of Dickens and Fitzgerald
  • Gatsby was a boy who never grew up
  • Valley of ashes, broad hips and timelessness
  • Killing Myrtle and Daisy’s relationship to Gatsby
  • Gatsby’s obsession with recreating the past
  • What is important in a story
  • Gatsby or the modern Sisyphus

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The conversation was filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"