PseudoPod 850: A Short Trip Home
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD – “The Diamond As Big As The Ritz” (1922)
BLACKWATER 2: MORE TALES OF THE FANTASTIC by Alberto Manguel
KRAFTWERK – Trans-Europe Express (1977)
Pierre Schaeffer – “Etudes aux Chemins du Fer” (aka “Railroad Study”) (1948)
A Short Trip Home
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was near her, for I had lingered behind in order to get the short walk with her from the living room to the front door. That was a lot, for she had flowered suddenly and I, being a man and only a year older, hadn’t flowered at all, had scarcely dared to come near her in the week we’d been home. Nor was I going to say anything in that walk of ten feet, or touch her; but I had a vague hope she’d do something, give a gay little performance of some sort, personal only in so far as we were alone together.
She had bewitchment suddenly in the twinkle of short hairs on her neck, in the sure, clear confidence that at about eighteen begins to deepen and sing in attractive American girls. The lamp light shopped in the yellow strands of her hair.
Already she was sliding into another world — the world of Joe Jelke and Jim Cathcart waiting for us now in the car. In another year she would pass beyond me forever. (Continue Reading…)