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I’m trying an even more different format for a wikiwalk entry today. I’ve been reading the free ebook of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise,” so yesterday, I decided to begin a wikiwalk into the Jazz Age. I’ve always been fascinated by the Roaring 20’s – the exuberance, the fashion, the music – perhaps more than by the hippies of the 60’s and the bohemian lifestyle.

How I started reading the novel is a short game of connections in itself. I read somewhere that Brad Pitt was going to play the title role in a movie version of Fitzgerald’s short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I looked up the Benjamin Button page, then decided that I wanted to read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald, having read “The Great Gatsby” already sometime in high school. On the F. Scott Fitzgerald page, I learned that “This Side of Paradise” was his debut novel, so there I went.

On the “This Side of Paradise” page (I only read as far as I’d already gotten in the book; I don’t want to spoil anything for myself), I saw links to Ginevra King and Zelda Sayre. From Zelda’s page, I clicked on to the flapper, and from there to the Eton crop, and from there to Josephine Baker.

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Skinny Bitch
> Sleeper hit
– The Time Traveler’s Wife
-> Rachel McAdams
–> Glengarry Glen Ross
–> Genie Award
—> Sorel Etrog
> Vetting
> Veganism

I figure that it’s time to add a little commentary to these wikiwalks. My aunt has a copy of that book, “Skinny Bitch,” and I read the first few chapters. As it is, I’m underweight, but I wanted to see what the authors had to say about eating healthy. I’ve also considered becoming a vegatarian for health reasons a few times before this, but I thought that it was impractical to pursue it until I was the one doing all the cooking and grocery-shopping. :p

I loved “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by the way, and would encourage you to pick up a copy. The movie is coming out at the end of the year, I think. I’m not a big fan of Rachel McAdams, so I hope she does the character justice.

Most of my wikiwalks actually stem from some kind of media experience – a band I’ve come to like, a book I’ve been reading, something that someone in this movie or show mentioned in passing. You get the idea. :) I know that I set out to create a sci/tech blog, but it seems that I’ve got one foot in the sci/tech pool and the other in mass media. I suppose it comes from being a Comm major.

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