The Notebooks
of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Loose Notes
[with the material for The Last Tycoon]


My remark about 2 beautiful girls is a drama—fifty is only a chorus.


Something a little sad about it like woman of fifty in flesh colored stockings.


Most women would rather hope I think—they are good hopers.


It was midsummer, summer in the dangerous age, when there is nothing more to expect from it and people try to live in the present—or if there is no present to invent one. (used?)


Early August is for imprudent loves and impulsive and unmotivated crimes. (used?)


Career—a story about John Bishop.


Story idea. Joe-Kiki-Ruth girl has loads of old letters, is all set, needs old neglected beau, vamps him (she thinks). He takes her to country + excuses himself.
Follow him to her house, keys, letters, plane ect
Her discovery.


Ernest would always give a helping hand to a man on a ledge a little higher up.


For a Bishop Story
x was so far down now that almost anything you said of him was liable to be true. Just like when he was way up nothing that anyone said against him was liable to be true. Even if it were true it sounded like jealousy. He was always a little afraid that x might be good after all and they might dig him up. There would be a picture of x green and jabbering in a corner of the gallery. It was not a picture he would like his boys to see.
I sat there with blue hair and one eye—that was the night King called up + let me down.


The body gets down and crouches in a corner of itself and says ’You’re doing this to me. I’ll make you pay’ and you say never mind—stay down there.


Two people go away—and they take it along with them. Silence falls—nobody has any lines. Silence and trying not to guess behind the silence—imitating how it was before, and more silence—and big wrinkles in the heart.


Come in! Come in!
And have a Micky Finn.


Dick Scheyer and the sword.


Ernest Hemingway and Ernest Lubitsch—Dotty “We’re all shits.”


In thirty-four and thirty-five the party line crept into everything except the Sears Roebuck Catalogue.


Drinking gives a sort of steely completion.


The cleverly expressed opposite of any generally accepted human idea is worth a fortune to somebody.


Max Perkins didn’t want to leave himself lying around.


A cadence started in his head like a motor warming up. That was one way—to get something to it—the word, the name, the shape of the sky get it quickly. The other way was to start with the thing, to be profoundly affected by it, until it stretched elongated, stood up and walked.


When you once get to the point where you don’t care whether you live or die—as I did—it’s hard to come back to life. Compton McKenzie for instance. It’s hard to believe in yourself again—you have slain part of yourself.


My blue dream of being in a basket like a kite held by a rope against the wind.


The trained nurse stood gazing into the medicine closet. “I wonder what the hell medicine to give him,” she muttered to herself. “They all look like the same old horse poison to me.” She wishes the labels were written in American so she could tell what the drugs were for. She considered shutting her eyes and picking one at random with a pointing finger but some might be poison and she did not dare.


Before death thoughts from crack-up. Do I look like death (in mirror at 6 p.m.)


Prayers are punctuations and reminders.


But he never forgot—he was forever haunted by the picture of the girl floating slowly out over the city at dusk, buoyed up by delicious air, by a quintessence of golden hope, like a soaring and unstable stock issue.


The two young men quit jobs as hotel clerks and lay around the beach all summer on nine dollars a week unemployment insurance. One of them turned down a job at forty but he had fun. But the old barber who had mental troubles and physical troubles and financial troubles oh and everything in hell the matter with him—they told him to scram out of there quick.


Walk her from the room by the seat of her sea-green slacks.


A miraculous little stranger from the stratosphere—so apt at spreading the infection of whatever she loved or laughed at—that he suddenly understood why the world forgave her for not being a really great beauty.


Listening to a stealthy treacherous purr creep into his voice.


People here seemed to want to get out in the country and cling, instead of really going places.


Shipping out the papers in her possession by means of the little granddaughter who innocently lights a stuffed candle at church every Sunday evening.


Somebody repeats: Baby, I tore him in two. A bored man: (later) Did you partition him?


The pulp writer—that superficial hysteria which he substitutes for emotion.


And you so beautiful with your hair in clasp on clasp of gold.


The people of Hollywood are not very nice outwardly— there is too much unwelcome familiarity, too much casual snootiness. (the agent who picked up paper in the office).


It’s fun to stretch and see the blue heavens spreading once more, spreading azure thighs for adventure.


That spoonful of magic which is allowed us once or twice in life.


I wouldn’t go to a war—unless it was in Morocco—or the Khyber Pass.


It was all small change, incessant nickles and dimes of conversation.


A feeling of having had life pass virtually and endlessly before their eyes like a motion picture reel and give it that much attention.


If their souls are alive they no longer speak or perhaps it is that I have grown deaf.


Malibu: A bunch of dressing cabins for people who can’t swim. (look up and see if it’s mine or DeMille’s)


The man in the taxi with his single hand gesturing.


Something like a drunk’s “I just want to tell you one thing.”


She’s a one-girl jazz age.


Virginia has lovely puffed straw hair and the grey eyes of home—she was a late developer, an awkward duckling at twenty-one, but learning a whole series of things that unmarried women don’t. At twenty-seven her charm was in full flower.


Mrs. Whitney phoning Virginia about her thoroughbreds—twenty thousand dollars a day.


Organizing the thoughtless.


If you have an inconvenient opinion they name it like a disease and quarantine you.—“I’m a what?”


For Mankiewicz—the ten days that shook down the world.


The writers at Ted Paramore’s were all in low gear, temporarily or permanently.


Scottie: “mousing around” (in regard to a quiet couple.)


You drew people right up close to you and held them there, not able to move either way.


The flickering patches of white on the jockeys made it look like a flight of birds.


And went down to the lake for a dip, swimming on an unreal surface that existed between a world of water like mist and a drizzling firmament of air.


Tragedy of these men was that nothing in their lives had really bitten deep at all.


Bald Hemingway characters.


He was so old, so wise that he looked forward only to his anticipations. Oh God give me good anticipations.


Strong women wept into their vichysoisse.


In life too much luck, in drama too much destiny.


Dolly had done her worst suffering on the boat in an economical way she had, it was weeks before George saw her eyes silvery clear in the morning.


Which Vanderbilt—the one with the boat mouth, the horse and the scrambled teeth.


Turkey Burger (Gerald)


He had met the two Lindbergs and thought them dazed and tragic spooks. and. . . and. .


He’s got four-legged caviar in his pantry.


She wore a little summer number from Saks, about $18.98 and a pink and blue hat that had been stepped on on one side.


You’re all the songs


Most of us could be photographed from the day of our birth to the day of our death and the film shown without producing any emotion except boredom and disgust. It would all just look like monkeys scratching. How do you feel about your friends’ home movies of their baby or their trip. Isn’t it a God awful bore?


Behaviorism—the only guide to the validity of emotion.


Like many men he did not like flowers except a few weedy ones—they were too highly evolved and self conscious. But he liked leaves and horse chestnuts and peeled twigs and even acorns, unripe, ripe and wormy fruit.


I always like the horse chestnuts and leaves better than flowers.


A howling dog outside made sound effects for her nightmares—whatever she heard in her dreams it turned out to be the dog (unfunny ghoulish ones—invert and rewrite).


There is no book for beautiful women.


Peter Powdirblugh.


When I saw Scottie and the boy with the pimply face in the launch and realized to my dismay (and jealously) that she liked him. He was alive to her.


Don’t ever go Dalton. This is an Idea for Princeton Alumni Weekly


Hope of Heaven. He didn’t bite off anything to chew on. He just began chewing with nothing in his mouth.


My plan about the reissue of Paradise with changed names. (For those under Thirty Six.)


Expected a great beauty—saw a billious little chippie.


One of those mysterious people like “that lady” to whom her mother took the little squares she had crocheted every month and “that woman” told her how to put them together.


The shorts of the men carving. The short of the Boston college Dressing room. “You think you can stick it out o’Rourke? I think I can coach.”


Fastest typist isn’t best secretary. Swinburne. Trick golfer with watch, lightening calculator, kicker, et. Faulkner and Wolfe are those.


Indian’s Names: Extended Tail feather—Sweet Corn— John Other Day.


Bloody Pope and Bradley britches full of exploded guts lying over the battlefied of the Dardenelles.


Tough producer about taking you. “Whatsa matter with the guy—I had my first dose at fifteen.”


It was rather like the autumn page from the kitchen calendars of thirty years ago with blue instead of brown October eyes.


He sat in his office writing a long letter to Jill and then set fire to it in the cold stove, but the flue was closed and the smoke curled into the room. He listened to the milkman’s hour on the radio and when his window turned grey went out into a soft crowing country morning.


Eddie Mayer hates women—funny I didn’t notice it before. Like Tom Wolfe. But for different reasons. He goes to them for sexual satisfaction, but he likes men emotionally more. I don’t know how far back it reaches but certainly women play a very mean and unstable role in his plays. He admired his father excessively, I gather. He sticks with the gang. You feel that he values his conquests so that he can brag about them. Talking is his vice. He would rather confide in men though than in women. He is a gent and all mis is modified by that fact. He is extremely likeable and liked. His talent is not exactly thin, like Dotty’s and so many Jewish and Irish talents—it is simply infrequent. He needs years to dream. I do not know him well. I surprised myself by the regurgitation of the idea that he was a physical coward. I don’t know at all.


Sid Perleman is effete—new style. He has the manners of Gerald Murphy and almost always an exquisite tact in prose that borders on the precieuse. I feel that he and I (as with John O’Hara and the football-glamor-confession complex) have some early undisclosed experience in common so that at this point in our lives we find each other peculiarly sympathetic. We do not need to talk.
Sheilah noted his strange grace doing his interpretation of “Slythy” in the Charade the other night.
I like his brother-in-law West. I wonder if he’s long-winded as a defense mechanism. I think that when I am that’s why. I don’t want to be liked or to teach or to interest. That is my way of saying “Don’t like me—I want to go back into my dream.”
I know Nat through his books which are morbid as hell, doomed to the underworld of literature. But literature. He reminds me of someone. That heaviness. But in the other person it could be got used to—in Nat it has no flashes except what I see in his eyes, in his foolish passion for that tough and stupid child Mc———. Sid knows what I know so well that it would be blasphemy to put it in conversation.


John O’Hara is in a perpetual state of just having discovered that it’s a lousy world. Medium is always as if the blow had struck him half an hour before and he’s still dulled by the effect. Nunally J— says that he’s like an idiot to whom someone has given a wonderful graflex camera and he goes around with it not knowing what to snap.


The big statue of Eleayer, wondering whether he’d squash down by the end of the carnival and give a funny effect with his face.


They made love. For a moment they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was closer than an embrace, more urgent than a call. There were no words for it. Had there been, and had Mae heard them, she would have fled to the darkest corner of the ladies’ washroom and hid her face in a paper towel. What was it they said? Did you hear it? Can you remember?


The English will never make snappy pictures until they stop breaking off football games to have tea.


Kiki’s remark about “being one of us”.


Witty but faintly intoxicated with herself in her old role of disturber of the peace.


Our pathetic childish vanity that we share with actors.


I wish he’d get run over by a school bus.


Her brown legs stayed tentaviely hoveringly on the brown doorstrip. She rocked suddenly on her heels as if about to throw a forward pass.


I think the level of novelty and entertainment is so low that I don’t think adults go when they feel good—they go when they feel bad. They go as for an anaesthesia as to the speakeasy—expecting bad liquor and not able to care. I saw a John Garfield picture last night that was a tenth carbon copy of his old ones. They can’t tell me that feebs who will swallow that have funds enough for first run movie houses.


After Margaret B. talks Sarah says “There can’t be that many words.”


Title: The One About the Farmer’s Daughter.


Axel plot for movie


Death of de Martel.


I talk with the authority of failure—Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the table again.


She didn’t understand when she used the word “ruthless” about me, that the word means something else to those Finance-Jews. They must have sneered in their hearts.


Once when you were strong, you gave me the luxury of loving you most, of even being cruel in a small little vain or impartial way. When you were weak, you came to me, nosing into my arms like a puppy. But later it was different. You used your strong times to edge away from me—break out a new world of your own where I was excluded. Your weak times belonged to me, but you had forgotten all the words that had melted me.


People like Ernest and me were very sensitive once and saw so much that it agonized us to give pain. People like Ernest and me love to make people very happy, caring desperately about their happiness. And then people like Ernest and me had reactions and punished people for being stupid, etc., etc. People like Ernest and me————


That moment I felt from time to time with Zelda that she has unravelled the whole skien—that I am speaking with the lightly rolled skien before me, not wanting to disturb it. That even in my most alone and savage and atavistic moment I am doing so. Note Rousseau went a little crazy after finishing the Contract Sociale.


I wasn’t precocious, I was merely impatient (or hurried?)


Arthur Kober type of Jew without softness. Certainly a Jewish character of that type. Trying to realize himself outside of Jewry.


Longfellow—his best line stolen from a lapland song.


Scottie and I pupils at same school.


Tom Fast’s story of Ernest.


The smell in the Wool worth article.


“Dear Lester: —I just love to write you letters. I have fun. How are you? My grandmother sent me a new pencil and paper today so I thought I would write you a letter.
To put it snappily, etc., etc.
Is this not a sweet letter? My grandma was good to send the pencil and paper.
The Punk.”


Although earlier in the day she had spoken sympathetically of her father, later, she said scornfully: “He’s nuts”. Her statement to police was salted with schoolgirl slang—such as “Mother started to ’conk’ me.”
Almost absentmindedly, when she revisited the house of death, Chloe strummed the keys of the small organ Davis had bought for his children: she called attention to the three pairs of roller skates on the porch, to the dolls of the slain younger children and to the books in her own room.
“I’m a bookworm,” she confided. “I read all the time.” She admitted that neither of her parents ever had been cruel to her: she insisted that she loved her sisters and her brother deeply.


Another world war victim (wooden leg) went crooked after a successful career today, shot himself. Innocent and worthy as Warren Groat.


Young married misery.


My latest medico-legal monograph. The Corpse with the Floating Kidney.


Miss Foodstuffs.


How to Read is the biggest fake since Van Loon Art. Now that Mencken has retired the boys who really hate books and pictures are creeping out of their sinecures again and trying to make them into specimens for dissection.


From New Yorker: Moradino Juice
Clery, lettuche, Radmishes
Mardinos oglivies
Can of Fishy Gue
Chuckmes for dessert


You don’t have to know much if you’re ignorant because you’re very content with what you know.



Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party
But I shall not come to the aid of the party—any party.
For we and the Jews are going to be butchered
We the liberals because we were too kind, the Jews because they were too wise.
Wisdom and kindness are crimes against the spirit of life
We should know that who were raised in the school of scrapping.


You’ll be reckless if you
You’ll be reckless if you don’t
You’ll be happy if you
You won’t be happy if you won’t.


Kyle Forsite in Concrete.


Sweden is going to give the Nobel Peace prize to Russia—and they better do it damn quick


Titles:—My Own Race Prejudices
The Position of the Political Nance during the World Crisis.


The day it tipped over (le Seizieme)


Today is Friday and in the back of Epictetus.


March Family, Hat Family, Halegen Family


False build-up of stimulants. They endure from 11:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. correspondingly.


Behind him a one man epedemic coughed, sneezed and rocked the seats ahead in his agony.


Story Idea: Find a drug good for two things and you have a climax. For instance: if pareldehyde or chloral were also ink eradicators.


Story Idea: (New Yorker) Scientist tells family his theory that deprived for X days of salt or sunshine or water (McSweeney) or forced to eat, would turn people black—they quarrel. So they turn. Top is tails (?)


Advice to young writers—Read Tolstoi, Marx and D. H. Lawrence and then read Tolstoi Marx and D.H. Lawrence.


Play laid in a publisher’s office.


Money in bonds. Finale Welles’ broadcast.


Tell the story of the Alex Haine study hall disturbance. But as if it were a riot. Call it controll. Only disclose at end that they were boys.


To describe an apparently dastardly character like the turn coat in Janice Meredith and then show he is the real hero of the whole thing, the most politically progressive and class conscious. This is really a grand idea; a series including this and Philippe might be built around it. It is the recalitrant peasant in Phillipe who splits from him in disgust + is the father of peasants.


Changing my channels of avidity s.g.


In the haut bourgoise or feudal it’s called cruelty—
In the petit or middle: bad taste
In the proletariat: vulgarity?
But it’s the same thing
Tommy’s cruelty—me and Joe McKibbey
S’s talk of Z and of human functions.
This is interesting too because it shows classes in movement. Why and where I caught a petit bourgoise attitude I don’t know. But it’s not like Dot’s and Don’s who revolted from being eternal poor relations.


A story to show how a person of the 16th century had to look up things—by kindness and friendliness, by travel and effort—and, since Diderot—


For Pat: Vacuum bomb—His sister.


Paderewsky Sees—Paderewski Sees
All right now! All right now! You better take a look yourself. Ignace Jan Paderewski the celebrated pianist and president of the Assembly of the Polish Parliament in exile, declared today in a broadcast to “my American friends” that the war will “end in the ultimate victory of right and justice.” —Paris, Jan 29.


Anatomy research was interrupted by Alexander the Great


English political history—Peterloo 1819-1885.


Play about Woodrow Wilson Title “I suppose”.


You’re going to hit somebody with that teething ring. You’re going to stick your rattle in somebody’s eye.


Don’t lose your temper or your nose will get as red as your eyes.


The trouble is you can take it but you can’t hand it out anymore.


Call waiter and the Germans will come running.


Don’t kid yourself—you’re so bougeoise you smell of cheap caviar.


Masterpieces of American Poetry by Mark Van Doren. He opened it to his astonishment upon a group of eight poems by Mark Van Doren. Rising from his couch he scissored these out and put them in the Johnny but finding Mr. Van Doren’s selections as uninspired as the impertinence, he laid the book away. Life was difficult. Thsi ubiquitous feeb or was it his brother actually influenced American sales through the Book of the Month Club.


Miss X who gets around a lot says all the good writers think that Van Doren—the one who put his own poems in an anthology—is an ignorant man. And that the artists spit blood about Van Loon’s History of the Arts with his own illustrations. The Dutch are condescending. He does not think much of the Book of the Month., etc.


I have decided to buy in all my outstanding books.


D.P.—The only girl so mean she had to hire a male nurse.


Those comics going—without emphasis.


She was dead but she ran around the room for ten or fifteen seconds, skidding in her own blood but managing to keep her feet while some sound kept trying to come through her blood choked throat. Then she crashed down flat as if she had fallen a thousand feet.


You were—too good to be true. That was—the matter with you.


Idea about composition of a squad. Average bravery and tenacity of men.


As a novelist I reach out to the end of all man’s variance, all man’s villainy—as a man I do not go that far. I cannot claim honor—but even the knights of the Holy Grail were only striving for it, as I remember.


Native Son—A well written penny dreadful with the apparent moral that it is good thing for the cause when a feeble minded negro runs amuck.


Let Richard Whitney out
New Republic Anthology


What we have given Europe.


Film called Nice People to include baby talk idea and child’s day. A grave but not a tragic thing happens—he hits a cop, almost by accident.


Play like “L’apprenti sorcerer”. Young lawyer blunders in on corporation deal. Using Arnold.


Ideas on Fear as being removed as well as profit motive. We know the latter can—but the former. Some day when the psycho-an are forgotten E.H. will be read for his great studies into fear.


Against Free Speech.


Story note: Trunk of clothes sent to France creating an era.


Biography is the falsest of the arts. That is because there were no Keatzians before Keats, no Lincolnians before Lincoln.


That eternal Ghetto that we love.


Nun with a floating kidney.


A fag—his ups and downs like Amorous (Martin) and others—humility and fatalism.


The psychoanalysts again and Herman M—.


As soon as a man is made a producer he gets to be two things—a son-of-a-bitch and Bernard Shaw.


A man who’s been drunk and wakes up at 40 looking at things through new eyes, meeting same people and scenes and contrasting them with what they were.


Inside my Plaster Cast—how it became a home to me. I can’t tell you what went on inside that cast—(no wise cracks, please; no form of dry land insect could possibly have lived there, although a small tropical minnow might have carried on at a subsistence level.)


On Charlie Mac—He’s my grandfather—I’m his. All right, we’re not brothers anymore. Let’s leave it at that. No diminution of affection, simply a diminution of communicability.


Nathan and dirty movie in France.


We have 3 feet of snow and the place looks like Sun Valley with girls in mink coats and slacks and dark glasses.


In a vague way seemed to have been to “Parus” but never in any country that approximated France.


That cruel old man’s mouth refined down to a girl’s— sweet and filled out just a little toward conventional beauty.


Ernest and “Farewell to Arms”—producer story.


An inferiority complex comes simply from not feeling you’re doing the best you can—Ernest’s “drink” was simply a form of this.


Gag with cork tip cigarette.


Communists asks you to accept a simplification that is itself a distortion—a mystical belief in a line. I believe that you could build right up through Lenin including only heretics. Just as in the Christian church you could do the same.


The enemy of men is Fear—the enemy of women is pity. That was settled thousands of years before our era, so—continue about trained nurses and into situation. Men train their sons in games and women in hard guile.


Story idea—Navajoes.


I am the last of the novelists for a long time now.


PROBLEMS: Most problems can be settled in their simpler stages and a whole lot of your problems are still in that stage. Not so suddenly that you have no pause for breath. Life becomes complex with marriage, money or something and when it gets really complex, it is absolutely insoluble except in the simplicity of the grave.


Right behind the eight ball. Give. For my dough. What’ll we use for money.


“Word instructive strikes horror in soul stop please not too instructive”.


Develop this: Difference in conversation between Gerald Murphy and Tommy Hitchcock. Tommy doesn’t answer foolish questions or trivial questions—Gerald on the contrary, in spite of what he says about the omnipresence of bores, contrives always a little arpeggio of grace which he uses as a bridge so that no matter what is said to him he fills in the gap between the graciousness and his own talents of wit and delicacy. Trace a character who once was like Gerald and who now tends toward Tommy Hitchcock’s impatience with fools.


I gotta see a hog about a plan.


Dog’s name: Miss Alliance!


With each lunge of the mouse she shrank back against the bedroom door.


Black Scotties with heads like clowns’ hats.


Jewish people are Continental, whether they think so or not.


He would offer to the nation ghastly bits of conversation—dialect thinly masked as dialogue.


A lady whose past was booked solid with men.


He was what I think of as the Judd Grey sort of man, spectacles which made him look more than ever like any salesman—a cheap product often in a position above his capacities. A good fellow—one of the boys wearing underneath the heart of a turrp. Something that made him always carry his chin a little too high with his “inferiors” and little too low when on the spot. The alignment of features just out of focus so that “nice looking” was the best to be said of him.


Girl looked like angel cake cut this morning. Clearer than Virginia Bruce.


In his reign as the first citizen of Chicago, Insull was the president of eleven corporations, chairman of the boards of 65 companies and sat on the boards of 85 corporations.


The flappers and the Japanese sex book.


A FABLE FOR TED PARAMORE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A great city set in a valley, desired a cathedral. They sent for an eminent architect who designed one distinguished by a great central tower. No sooner was it begun, however, than critics arose who objected to the tower calling it useless, ornamental, illogical, and what not—destroyed his plan and commissioning another architect to build a cathedral of great blocks and masses. It was very beautiful and Grecian in its purity but no one ever loved the cathedral of that city as they did those of Rome and Sienna and the great Duomo of Florence.
After thirty years wondering why, the citizens dug up the plans of the first architect (since grown famous) and built from it. From the first Mass the cathedral seized the imagination of the multitude and fools said it was because the tower pointed heavenward, etc., but one young realist decided to dig up the artist, now an old man, and ask him why.
The artist was too old to remember, he said—and he added “I doubt if I ever knew. But I knew I was right.”
“How did you know if you don’t know your reasons?”
“Because I felt good that day”, answered the architect, “and if I feel good I have a reason for what I do even if I don’t know the reason”. So the realist went away unanswered.
On that same day a young boy going to Mass with his mother quickened his step as he crossed the cathedral square.
“Oh I like our new cathedral so much better than the old”, he said.
“But the academy thinks it’s not nearly so beautiful”.
“But it’s because of the mountains”, said the little boy. “Before we had the tower I could see the mountains and they made everything seem little when you went inside the Church. Now you can’t see the mountains so God inside is more important”.
That was what the architect had envisioned without thinking when he accidentally raised his forfinger against the sky fifty years before.


Burlesque on Christina Rosetti—Rover Boy Communist


I wouldn’t trade her for a Sunday roll With the best strip-teaser in the gallup poll.


A. You bastard.
B. I bet you never saw a bastard. I bet you wouldn’t know a bastard if you saw one.


Idea: You didn’t fool anybody.


You Can’t Organize Feebs
Sure you can organize the feebs. Look you can organize anything. Look at the cults in Los Angeles.
But I mean how can you keep them organized if they’re feebs.
“Keep your shirt on, said Standing. “They stay organized because you can give them a new directive every twenty four hours. They can return for twenty four hours.”
“No, they can’t. Look, I was a guard in Bloomingdale—’’
“Say, listen we’re not talking about nuts— we’re talking about feebs. Were you around during the last war—well, I was. And the average mental age of the draftees was thirteen and a half wasn’t it. So there must have been a lot age nine or ten.”
“My kid’s ten said X and he comes back from the movies complaining they’re not self-conscious. If his brain never grew up another year you couldn’t sell him a bill he didn’t believe in. Not that easy.”
“Sure—but he reads the paper doesn’t he?”
“He reads the worker.”
“Well, my idea’s dames. They don’t read any paper except the movie page. I say we can organize the feeb dames.”
“All right try it. You got nothing to do. You got to lie low till they wash up your case. I bet you five smackers you don’t have a chance. You can’t organize Feebs.”


Story Ideas: Tom, Julian and the two Swiss girls.
Kill no more pigeons than you can eat. (Franklin)
The muses love the morning. (Franklin)
He is not well bred that cannot bear ill-breeding mothers. (Franklin)


A sub-reptile: I don’t feel you have the brains of a bat, the sensibility of a mouse or the moral standards of a rat.


Man chooses his own form of execution—chooses that the executioner be blindfolded at forty paces.


Nothing is as old as last year’s new.)
                                                      ) Born 1806.


Without the brains of a bat but with a double load of intuition.


Mr. Flynn is not behind the times but ahead of it—he isn’t about 350 A.D., just pre-Constantine according to the Spenglerian calendar. Another quarter century of cheap movies, radio and professional sport will undoubtedly soften up the helots even more so that we can accept his fatalism. But the time is not yet.


Marlbourough Clive
Walpole Hastings

Chatham Washington
Pitt Jefferson
Dr. Johnston Franklin
Fox or Burke? Payne


Plutarch of the 18th Century. The Islanders vs. the Colonials (leaving out, of course, philosophers, scientists, artist, literary men of whom the colonists had none.


There’s no such thing as a “minor” character in Dostoevski.


The girl must be humble; there is a lack of humility in Wolfe, Saroyan, Schlessinger that I find as depressing as O’Hara’s glooms.


Look what the cat brought in. Honey little funny little. It looks like love.


Magic Leg!
Opens up like a Harp
Veterans! Throw your crotch away.
Miss S. Beanquest of Beanquest Dorm. writes. So do all the other girls in Beanquest Dorm except Fanny the Feeb.
Mrs. S.O.B.
(name on request)


Special Inducement
Piccolo Juice


Man who pays bill long after to pesthouse is rewarded with guard job and goes wrong.


I look out at it—and I think it is the most beautiful history in the world. It is the history of me and of my people. And if I came here yesterday like Sheilah I should still think so. It is the history of all aspiration— not just the American dream but the human dream and if I came at the end of it that too is a place in the line of the pioneers.


The purpose of a fiction story is to create passionate curiosity and then to gratify it unexpectedly, orgasmically. Isn’t that what we expect from all contacts?


Tender is less interesting toward the climax because of the absence of conversation. The eye flies for it and skips essential stuff for they don’t want their characters resolved in dessication and analysis but like me in action that results from the previous. All the more reason for emotional planning.


Congratulations on your brilliant display of human nature.


Actresses have to be show offs and not look like show offs.


One room slum.


There is a time in the life of all great conquerors when they would gladly settle in for a safe colonelcy—but they can’t; for them it’s Victory or elimination.


Child: What would you like for Xmas.
Papa: Nothing I’d rather have the money.


It must be wonderful to be able to make people so happy just by leaving them.


At twilight on September 3rd, 1923, a girl jumped from the 53rd story window of a New York office building. She wore a patent inflatable suit of rubber composition which had just been put on the novelty market for fun purposes—the wearer by a mere jump or push could supposedly sail over fences or street intersections. It was fully blown up when she jumped. The building was a set-back and she landed on the projecting roof of the 50th floor. She was bruised and badly shaken but not seriously hurt.


Hell, the best friend I have in Hollywood is a Jew— another of my best dozen friends is a Jew. Two of the half dozen men I admire most in America are Jews and two of my half dozen best men in History are Jews. But why do they have to be so damned conceited. That minority conceit—like fairies. They go ostrich about their faults—magnify their virtues which anyone is willing to grant in the first place. They point at Benny Leonard or this war hero here and say we got pugnacity. When the nurses in the hospital admit that a Jewish patient groans at the sight of a needle. Our Mommas—God bless them. ---have been saying too long, Go out David—but don’t use your slingshot—we are in lands of peace and plenty. What she might have said had she been a seer is: “Go David—like the Celts in America—leave your “cleverness” your slingshot behind. In 1910 the Catholic nuns secretly wrote the Regents Examination on the blackboards so that their pupils would pass first. The first evangelist was a Priest who said: “Sister, you must start with personal honor
...When you hear Louis B. M----. --Jesus.


Mary J. groping along beside him—(for description)


Each year there is always one line worked to ad nauseum limits by scenario hacks. Last year it was “right behind the eight ball”. This year it is “boil some hot water—lots of it”. This is used in all accident scenes. I snicker now when I hear it—it occurred in Stanley and Livingston.


Gentle trickling complaint behind the scarlett dress. Scenery from Petrouchka. The endless seats of the bowl, the scattered drape on the platform.


Heritage—Isn’t he dead—he was alive the last time I saw him.


Perfect people have no rhythm. The shy type, the religious type. That’s why I don’t like them. It is a rhythmic question.     


When there is a reunion of two people who have once meant a lot to each other—first comes a fine recapitulation of the past and then each thinks “we’ll go on” and the time of readjustment has come. They have remembered only the best, forgetting it was picked out from a time of ordinariness, forgetting that the ordinariness was pleasant expecting the ball to roll of itself as it once did—and miserable in a vast human silence.


The great homosexual theses—that all great pansies were pansies.


The earth was not marvelous enough so people listened to Eliza and Joseph Smith. But the universe, discovered thru science is too marvelous—so we listen to them again. Truth—with your old black widows weeds from the death of illusion—truth must we avoid you always. (Answer: Yes!)


To start her weary rounds between the divorce court, the abortionist and the sanitarium. What a pity—for any smart person with a little money and a little luck ought to have a keen time till they’re thirty. After that——


List of people, classes I’ve quarrelled with.


In Fisher’s Mormon Book there are interesting questions of tempo contrary to the dramatic assumptions or at least uneasy to answer in dramatic terms. For example: at the end we get the brave men yeilding—how does Fisher show the background of that to unbelievers. I know it is true—but there is lack of art. On the other hand, in dramatic inevitability such as a Kauffman scenario or an expert picture there is too much inevitability.


Remember Dave S’s Algier book and utterly sincere advice to Bud S.


As I grow older I become increasingly a devotee of the “Mandiean Heresey” which was to regard humanity as a two-faced creation—and to give God and the Devil opposite if not equal attributes. That is to say: to give good and evil as a proportionate sway in every man. This feeling plays, of course, into the hands of the determinists into the cheating fingers of luck.


The state of Metro.


Her letters are tragically brilliant on all matters except those of central importance. How strange to have failed as a social creature—even criminals do not fail that way—they are the laws “Loyal Opposition”, so to speak. But the insane are always mere guests on earth, eternal strangers carrying around broken dialogues that they cannot read.


Ten books not to be cast away on a Desert Island with: How to repair a Linotype machine—Emerson on Friendship.


Mr. Harry Haukinspit.


The gay nineties, the yellow nineties were really the empty nineties.


It is so to speak Ernest’s ’Tale of Two Cities’ though the comparison isn’t apt. I mean it is a thoroughly superficial book which has all the profundity of Rebecca.


When Dotty took the veil.


I want to write scenes that are frightening and inimitable. I don’t want to be as intelligible to my contemporaries as Ernest who as Gertrude Stein said, is bound for the Museums. I am sure I am far enough ahead to have some small immortality if I can keep well.


It was a pale, even spiritual face lit reverently with great brown eyes, but the pointed ears and the corners of the mouth were puckish and grotesque and the smile with which he greeted Josephine said plainly enough that they were all three characters in a ghastly joke, and that he was glad she understood it from the beginning. “One of those crazy men,” she thought to herself—”


Action is character.


Fitzgerald you keep on as if that class still existed, etc.. From a Review and Auden quotation.


Brought up on a life of leisurely crime.


Hoped I look like ) Trying to look like) A Petty drawing.


When better women are made I will make them.


Man takes cocktail ranch at the Beverly Wilshire.


Feel a girl’s skull and she becomes a human being.


They’re Swell people—an essay on softness.


She first discovered love in her throat.

The End.

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