The Great Gatsby

Current media is awash with all that’s Gatsby-related. We’ve studied the novel with Form V this year. It’s a novel that, although short, is packed with elusive insights (something that Luhrman’s film, although admirable, completely fails to capture).

If you’re a Gatsby enthusiast then it’s worth looking at Sarah Churchwell’s new Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

So, to get back to basics, here’s the opening page of Fitzgerald’s original manuscript and that unforgettable opening line, ‘In my younger and more vulnerable years…’


BlaBlaMeter – how much bullshit hides in your text?

This bla bla meter is a brilliant tool. I look forward to using it in class. The plan is to get students to copy and paste in chunks of text (their own, Austen’s, Shakespeare’s…) and see how they fair. Then we’ll try and figure out how the system works. Watch this space at the end of the week for a report on how it goes. Reflective practice, tick!

This (below) was once a big blank page. Better before or after?