Dates: Jan 23
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
We will be reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby (1925) aloud for however long it takes to finish the novel.
Members of the group, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, will each take turns reading from the novel.
The reading is neither an acting audition nor an endurance test.
You can choose to read your part(s) simply or perform them with impressive élan.
You can drop in at any time, and leave whenever you’d like.
If you stay for the entire reading, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most moving experiences of your life and, time permitting, a viewing of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Whether throughout the experience or after it when you’ve had time to reflect, you’ll ponder the following questions: “How does an audience receive, understand, and appreciate a novel differently when–instead of reading it in solitary tranquility–its members hear it read out loud and contribute to that collective reading experience? What exactly does this different reading experience add to a former reading of this text?”
Don your flapper dress, felt fedora hat, or something 1920s appropriate if you have it. If you don’t, please come wearing whatever you have on that day!
And let’s not forget the mobile aspect of the reading marathon!
Stay tuned to find out where the novel’s West Egg, the valley of ashes, and East Egg will be on the MIT campus.
You can tweet the Mobile Marathon! This year’s official Twitter hashtag is #IAP2014Gatsby.
Contact: Sandy Alexandre, 14N-422, 617-253-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org