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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Great Scott, If Not 'Gatsby'
The New Yorker this week publishes a short-short-story by one F. Scott Fitzgerald, which it rejected about 75 years ago. You can quickly read it here. And all the background you'll need is here at NYT blog. The protagonist "is a widowed, 40-year-old corset saleswoman, Mrs. Hanson, whose main consolation in life is cigarettes. After being transferred to a new sales territory in the west, she discovers that social disapproval of smoking is even stronger there than it had been back east."