As September closed out, the 24th was memorable, the birthdate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, still, for me, the best writer of the 20th century, through the difficult, constricting medium of language, able to guide us fluently into the subtleties of attachment and ambition.

From The Crack-up, a compilation of his last works and a concession to the price he paid for his own choices: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

Dan Lunham

Yucaipa

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