A quick note to send thanks to friends who checked up on us in the “evacuation zone” last weekend. We escaped unscathed to the hills of Park Slope in Brooklyn (I never actually made the connection between the name and the elevation; see how learning comes out of life’s trials?). And were re-ensconced at home by Sunday (albeit after climbing 28 floors to our apartment as the elevators were still out). Others have not fared so well, and we send best wishes out to everyone who weathered the slow-moving, but sneakily insidious Irene.
As you may have heard, Baz Luhrmann has just started filming an adaptation of one of my favorite books, The Great Gatsby. I have two problems with this:
1. He’s filming it in Australia. That’s just wrong.
2. It’s going to be in 3D. WHY? Do we really need to see the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg in 3D, I ask you? No, we do not.
Photo (c) Jen Ross
I was reading about this on one of my favorite gossip blogs, and they included a link to this amazing photographer’s site. On the site is a portfolio of Land’s End, a dilapidated, but once clearly gorgeous, house in Sands Point, Long Island that was purported* to be the inspiration for Tom and Daisy’s house in East Egg.
From a sales brochure (NOTE: Stanford White was not the architect)
The house was recently demolished because the current owner claims he couldn’t afford to maintain it (but reports suggest he’d planned to demolish and subdivide all along). This site has a ton of info about it with before/during/after photos. Also, check out Jen Ross’s post-demolition images on her blog. And here’s a link to a Today Show piece about the estate. So sad. Hand-painted wallpaper from 100 years ago and pink onyx bath fixtures…all gone (or probably sold).
Photo (c) Jen Ross
It makes me wistful for a time I wasn’t even born in. I guess that’s what good storytelling does to you. Even if it wasn’t Daisy’s house, Lands End still represents a time and place that is long gone. It makes me sad for the future of historic preservation in this country. And not to get all 9th grade English on you, but isn’t the demise of Lands End also a metaphor for Jay and Daisy and their beautiful, doomed lives? Please, Mr. Luhrmann, don’t screw this up.
* But according to this, it isn’t. But you’ve got to love all the drama!