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The Fitzgeralds’ Connecticut Fling: Its Effect on Gatsby

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In “Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda,” Richard Webb details F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Westport, CT, and advances the theory that the inspiration for The Great Gatsby was not Great Neck, Long Island, but rather Westport. A companion documentary film is being produced by Robert Steven Williams, who provided this take on the book and his account of the dual projects. The challenge of making a documentary with the author of Boats Against the Current was trying to rein in Richard “Deej” Webb’s rational exuberance for the subject. We’d spent five years researching the Fitzgeralds’ time in Westport, CT, and had amassed hundreds of hours of footage and thousands of photos, many never seen…

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Watercolor Paintings Grace Westport’s ‘the beautiful POND’

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This contemplative sketch journal, equal parts poetry, personal narrative, history and watercolor wonder, the beautiful POND by artist and teacher Judith Orseck Katz (Two Birds Press) is a beautifully constructed story about nature and community. Focused on the Old Mill Pond and Compo Cove in Westport, Connecticut, the writings and illustrations constitute a journey through histories both personal and local about the significance the pond has held for the town and the people who live there. We were particularly charmed by the beautiful POND, as the book’s watercolor paintings perfectly capture the whimsical beauty of Westport where BookTrib’s home office is located.   The rich history of the pond since before the American Revolution is revealed, punctuated by dreamlike watercolor…

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