If you’re wondering why black stories aren’t told, look no further than the classrooms where writers and publishers are made.
On Monday, Maureen Corrigan spoke to Fresh Air about her book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures. When Gatsby was published in 1925 it was a flop, but World War II turned that around. In fact, the Atlantic just published an article about the Armed Services Editions—books that were given to soldiers to keep in their uniform pockets so they had something to read to take their mind off of the death and destruction.
Here’s what Yoni Appelbaum of Atlantic says:
Some of the selections [for the Armed Services Editions] were idiosyncratic. In 1945, Council picked out an older novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that had never achieved popular success. It sold just 120 copies the previous year, and another 33 in 1945 before going out of print. The 155,000 copies of The Great Gatsby that they shipped out to the troops dwarfed all its previous print runs combined. Buoyed by that exposure, it would go on to become one of the great publishing successes of the 20th century.
Learn more about Gatsby’s incredible revival here.
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Viewed From The International Space Station, Clouds Cast Fascinating Thousand-Mile Long Shadows…
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Since joining the International Space Station, geophysicist Alexander Gerst has spent a good deal of his free time taking photographs of the Earth, as it speeds by 205 miles below.
In the process, Gerst has captured hurricanes, floods, dust storms and oil fields among other things.
One of his favorite Earth features to photograph have been the shadows cast by clouds, which sometimes appear incredibly dramatic when viewed from space.
Dense cloud formations can throw long shadows that can stretch for thousands of miles on the Earth’s surface, before disappearing into the horizon.
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Depending on the camera angle, Dyson's latest offering is either a mean looking robo-tank or an adorable little trash can. This is the 360 Eye, the first product borne from 16 years of Dyson’s robotics research.
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