Sunday, March 05, 2006

She stumbled and fell on the sidewalk? Definitely newsworthy.

Any ideas about why this story from The New York Times was assigned and (more to the point) why the reporter decided to write it as an homage to F. Scott Fitgerald? Compare the final two paragraphs
To The Falls. Where, at 3:45 a.m., the bouncer announced that the bar was closed, sending a steady stream of young people into the night, and a temperature below 20 degrees. A tall brunette in a black halter top and a silver and gold lamé skirt who had been barefoot inside the bar came outside, struggling to put her arms in her green wool coat. She tottered in black pumps. Her legs were bare.

"Where's Kate? Where's Kate?" she asked her friends, young men dressed in overcoats and scarves. They told her that Kate had already left. "I don't believe you," she said, as she stumbled and fell on the sidewalk.

to this passage (my favorite) from The Great Gatsby:
I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouched under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lustreless moon. In the foreground four solemn men in dress suits are walking along the sidewalk with a stretcher on which lies a drunken woman in a white evening dress. Her hand, which dangles over the side, sparkles cold with jewels. Gravely, the men turn in at a house--the wrong house. But no one knows the woman's name, and no one cares.