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Season 1, Episode 4 · 4 months ago

#4 Francis and Francise

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Our fourth episode is about a letter written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter on how to deal with the cutthroat world and work your way through people but not limiting yourself. It's a beautiful yet fun read of Sequesters which is very much like Fitzgerald.

We get a glimpse of his love for his daughter as he advises her about the ways of the world and how to come up with a relevant coping mechanism. But he does so with ease, as a friend speaking casually and his words carry weight and are something that our hosts have enjoyed reading.

Hi, welcome to Taka Taka talks, a podcast where I edy and I, or, as she refers to Mas, will dissect literatures from all sorts, and especially letters. Not Letters have become a thing first, like all literary arts or shape, sizes and styles, and we'll just tell you about our thoughts on them and we'll have a fun time together. Absolutely, and so today we will be discussing a letter, uh, named as things to worry and not worry about, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter, Francis Scott Fitzgerald. I am from what? So it's like, Um, it's for is he Russian? Is he like kind of Frenchise French. The name is very French. That is why the pronunciation for me saying so, maybe Tama would be better. So it would be for see Scott Fitzgerald and Frances like, okay, Prince, and so basically folks, and Tama has done has studied French, and he's more apt in this department. Yeah, but I don't think Francis is. So it says in the book, but from what I read it was Francis Scotty Fitzgerald and not Francis Scott Fitzgerald, okay, and Francis Scott Fitzgerald like Francis Scot okay, okay. So He's put a nickname. Can I refer to the nickname? So he calls her dear pie. Okay, and the letter is written on August eight three. So I really like us. So if you know who Fitz Gerald is, he is the author of the Great American novel, the Great Cats, the movie to which has been made with Leonaderikapria. I just love all these movies. So I'll read of the letter. M Yeah, let's give it. And...

...before we started, I just want to say that we're drinking green tea, because people talk about what they're drinking and not, and so let's just from earlier we were sipping coffee and now we've moved on to green tea. We were taking green tea before that. Yes, so we've been drinking a lot. Yeah, I don't know alcohol. I'm allergic to alcohol. Really. Yeah, remember, I believe it was. My parents do not know about it. It's like so I believe it was your birthday, or Shena is like her elder sister. Her Birthday. We were social and you were drinking Sudary Oh, yeah, I had apples and I was hungry. Yeah, the ACCOL content must have sleepened the fruit. I was so I was hungover for the next morning. When I had it, I wanted to Puke the entire way. It was God, it was terrible, but we had a crazy time that. We had a crazy time, but I really don't want to have and it was so terrible. Maybe you can have something else. Ms Given milk probably. That's amazing gas. Okay, let's come back to the letter and a green tea. So I would read the letter and let's discuss it. Dear Pie, I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I'm glad you're happy, but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages. They never really happened to you in life. That that is interesting for somebody who wrote a novel Great Catsby, yeah, but he's written quite the Indus Chrip, realistic, isn't that? It is. But you know, Um, I was going through his style and even when I went through this letter and leg skimmed through it. It's interesting because, as somebody who used to like this was I do not remember which article said...

...this, but it said that fitzgerald drank so much and his wife to that they did not have to mention about drinking. His wife was the first flapper. What's flapper? So flapper, you know those American women, the flapper era of generation where they wore those specifically rest they had women who like to go to the for parties, used club, clubbing. That's the alcohol age gift, the flapper age the US. And she was one of the first socialites, the first flapper socialites. That's nice. Yes, please continue reading. Okay, I've forgotten what we were talking about. So we were talking about this last thing that he says that I don't believe much in happiness and I do believe much in misery either. So whatever you see on stage or screen or on the printed pages, they never really happened in life. So it's a very realistic I am a Gemini. Maybe that's why I can because you know. So this is a huge segment. I'm so sorry. So you know, they're like air science, Potosians, fire science, and so, guys, I am a Tarok. I am a Tama, reads the best Tarot, called it the best. But, like, I know a little bit about spirituality. So I went through my Birchard and I have a lot of air signs. So that means I'm not passionate. So I can understand like passionate as and I'm not emotional, although I do not. You know, I mean like I'm more intellectual than I'm emotional and it will not understand emotions. That will, but I can somehow portray them, as you know, with writings and stuff. So it's interesting. He has a very air elementary. Let's let me see what is held you start. Please continue reading and so not look that up, even I'm interested now. So all I believe in life is the rewards were virtue according to Your Talents, and the punishments were not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there...

...is such a volume in the Camp Library, will you ask Mrs Tyson to let you look up for the sonnet of Shakespeare's in which the line occurs Lily's that fastest smell far worse than weeds. This I actually looked into the sonnet, so this is on it. Fourteen fair youth sonnet. That's a name, fair youth, but now I'm looking into it, I'm not. I'm unable to find it anywhere on the Internet. I don't know where did go. So, folks listeners, if you ever find this, please let me know where I can find this again and read it. Okay, no, go on, okay, I don't have anything to I'm still in them in the okay, so have you have had? have had no thoughts. Today life seems composed of getting up a Saturday evening post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly. But if you call me pappy again, I'm going to take the white cat out and beat his bottom hard six times for every time you're impertinent. Do you react to that? WHO's the white cat? I have no idea that. That's that's what I like about this letter and in general, about Fitzgerald. That and that's what I like about this letter, are his non sequitors, the way he uses them, because at that time, I think, I'm sure a lot of people used to get annoyed by this, but I really like it the way he uses them in between, like he's talking about something else and now he's talking about the cat. In general, like the cat. We don't know and he knows. Probably in context now it makes sense maybe in that context when he was writing, but to us as readers I'm not sure. Yeah, it's like this random and I mean it's a personal chat between him and his daughter, and it's, like I just related, it's a violation of privacy horus to be reading this and can be a federaldophense in some countries. Maybe if his spirits comes out, he crawls out of his symmetry and he's like that's between me and my daughter. Exactly. What the fuck? And Anyway, so about...

...his non secretive it's interesting because, you know, when I think about the Europeans still they do next and they're more coote and good civilized addiction has to be there exactly, and this is, I feel, the Americanized European, because America is all about you know it. This reminds me of that. The way that book is written, how to not give a fuck exactly. So if that kind of a book was written in his time, I'm not sure how scandals it would be scandalous, right or maybe not. Maybe the repification wouldn't be accepted. It won't be accepted, and I believe they would have to publish it themselves and not really the publishing household, like moonsor them. But yeah, anyway. So now I really like this next part, this part and the next that follows. He says, before you start, I'm so sorry. Yeah, I'm so sorry. I looked up his Zodiac. He's a Scorpio. He's a Scorpio. Yeah, I have like escarpments are like this thing, and he's like, I'm going to beat the cat. That's what he says. So he says I will arrange the camp fell again, we don't know half of it. I will conclude. All right. Now he writes this poem. Thanks to worry about, and I feel at this point really makes sense. Now also worry about courage, worry about cleanliness, worry about efficiency, worry about horsemanship, slash driving, because now worry about things not to worry about. Don't worry about popular opinions, don't worry about dolls, don't worry about the past, don't worry about the future, don't worry about growing up, don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you. Don't worry about triumph, don't worry about failure. Unless it comes to your own fault. Don't worry about mosquitoes, don't worry about flies, don't worry about in sex and genderous. I don't know where he's taking the stupid...

...let's see. Don't worry about parents, don't worry about boys, don't worry about disappointments, don't worry about pleasures, don't worry about satisfactions. Now, now he concludes it by saying things to think about. Now this really matters if you compare put it together with the poem earlier. What am I really aiming at? How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regards to a scholarship? B Do I really understand about people, and am I able to get along with them? See, am I trying to make my body a useful instrument, or am I neglecting it? With dearest love, Daddy, that is indeed a very fun way to end it, and that's true. What are your day? So I'm going to absorb it, so there's no m grandeur. Yeah, he's not acting like like he is being the adult, but he's not acting like. You know, I'm very like, I'm a wise man, like, I'm like the head of the family. So I have to give you advice, and I have to tell you he's not being very umisticer or like vice about that. He's just being a friend and talking to her casune and saying like, see, this is, this is just he's being very realistic, very practical, and I like that tone of his exact with his daughter and he's not putting a lot of pressure on nor he's being a friend while and that's what the parents need to be. And I also like how I believe things to think about is his own comparison with his competitors on these prons. And it's interesting because I don't know parents have this craving for perfection to present in front of their children, and you know they have this as like you know, there's sense that we are...

...better, we are the best varience you could have hoped for, more and less. You've been through more in life, you have more experience, so we know more. You should listen to our advice exactly, and I really like how grounded and like, in a way, destructive of himself as and I don't there's this parenting book. I'm not sure written by home or which book it is, but and I'm not even sure if it's a book. After all, you see, when he says, do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them? I think this advice is very important in today's world, because today's world relies heavily on the way you network, precisely the way you socialize, the way you connect, because if you have more network of friends and people, that's how you can expand yourself. That's that's like whenever you're in a problem or something, we need something, your network is what helps you, and he's giving her that practical advice that am I if have to operate and outside the cutshroot world. I think this is a very good advice. It is a very good advice. and Um, I was talking about the parent tempo and I'm going to get back to it. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I I think this to another it's way, but nobody. It was not a fun like, not like. It's not constructive, but it was that the biggest mistake that parents of the twenty one century do is that they think that they know best. And you know this basically screams when somebody asks you a question. Are they good at it? It usually ends up meaning that they are not. Basically, he's also saying that make your own opinion, do your own things precisely, go your own way and make your way yourself and judge things your way in a way right. And I also like the fact where and he says that don't worry about failure unless it's your own failure, like in his so basically there's like litricity, fluctuating. It's very outside probably because,...

...yeah, because of that. So like it's been before any just game. So you might have herd random noises. What was I saying? Yes, the failure line. Can you just with that? Yeah, don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault. It's actually very interesting because, you know, it's like you. He is still hard on himself in a way. You know he does want to be perfect in his own image, but it's also leanient on himself, because success is not always your is to your credit or to your shortcomings, it is to the workings of the fold. I wonder how it would be if Fitzgerald met Charles Bodwin. I think that would be a rain. He's a poet, American poet. Yeah, but he wrote some crazy poetry. But there's one similarity between both of them, that both of the like Fitzgerald, was a popular poet. Like he was always in contact with poet, poets writers, but his uh, he became more popular. He's novel became more popular after he died. Right now it's the great American novel. I don't think if, at the time with Gerald was alive, he would think that his novel would be the great American novel. And with Charles Badwin did when he was at his late fifties or sixties. That's when he started getting recognition for his poetry. So in the end he's like, I don't have known my life, don't it doesn't really matter. I don't, I don't give a ship. You know. That is the an apologic, an apologetic attitude that like really makes it right to shine. I think there's a pot subscript to it. Writes to the litter. Yeah, don't you want to? So? Yeah, you can read it. I really like this spot on. I want you to read it. I want you to read it. Okay. PS, I come back to your calling me pappy. Is Christening you by the word egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could...

...break you up and crack you open at my will. And I think it would be a word that would have hang on it if I would ever told it to your contemporaries. Egg Fits Gerald, how would you like to go through life with egg e Fitz Gerald or bad egg fits Gerald, or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try It once more and I swear to God I will hang it on to you and it will be up to you to shake it off by more trouble. Love Anyhow. It's interest. You know, this is the kind of tone I expect from a parent. It's very um, it's very satirical, but it's sweet satire. I don't know if there's a term called sweet satire, but I think this is a very sweet satire and it's it makes you wonder what she did. That's just their relationship. It's sweet, it makes you happy, it doesn't, it's sweet. That's how I think about it. So you know, I really like the tone of the letter. I feel a lot of love out of forever letter. I feel a lot of straightforward, humble opinion and it's more like you. There's no pressure it's more like a friend is speaking with you and giving you a very realistic advice, knowing that fitzgerald had a history of scandals with him, related to him, and nothing was all. Wasn't all in sundry for him. But at the same time I think, Um, he did a good job, he did an exceptional job, and I was reading about his like, Oh, you know, his daughter died on the like on the same day, like twenty years ago when I was born, like nineteenth June. Really, yeah, don't remember. You're a reincarnation. How do you say Francis? No, it's fancy's. You know, I'm not gonna try. It's like Francis and Francis. It sounds Frances Francis.

That's the meal. Francis, Francis, Francis. Yeah, Francis. Okay, but I'm pretty sure this is not like the right pnensiation because they were not clearly French. So, yeah, anyway, what was I think we were talking about the letter. Not what was I saying about the letter? Oh, yes, I about her death and stuff. So she started talking about, you know, the drinking problems of both the fixture of her parents, and it was interesting how she said that her childhood was splendid, point to despite because even if they were drinking, even of even if, like you know, it was less than ideal in an isolated situation, they had health, they were privileged and she was. She was able to like she was happy with her childhood despite everything, which is a very interesting thing to say because in today's well, everybody is traumatized by their parents and I'm not like to be very honest, no matter who you are, everybody has that childhood trauma like the icing on the cakes. It was interesting. I'm sure she did too, but she never it depends how you take that right. Yeah, how are you able to cope? For that, honcisely, but not everybody's story or in the same exactly. It depends from person to person how you are all tally inside and how you take things like, given how they were characterized as like the alcoholics of the American civilization or whatever, compared to late nine. Yeah, so like the greatest alcoholicstray is pretty done. You need so this reminds me. You need to watch this movie and our real listness. Uh, I wonder if you've seen this movie midnight in Paris. I have not. So it's starting Owen Wilson, and it's an amazing movie. It's you will love it. Job. You are going to love...

...this movie because it's about this Um twenty first century guy who's visiting Paris with his fiancee and her family and at twelve midnight in Paris, he time travels back to the era of writers and he meets Fitz Gerald and his wife, Seldaf Fitz Gerald and Ernest Hemingway, because Ernest Hemingway, it was the writer of that time, the lost generation, and his the way he's been, uh portrayed, and and they keep traveling back and meeting writers of all the errors. It's very nice. You. You sold me on the movie. We should starting movies now? Yes, maybe, but because this, uh, this movie is really good. So I really liked it. It's it's a very interesting movie. It's a very good to take on writers in everything, on life in general. That's nice. Yes, so I guess that's it for this one. Is Yes, it's a wrap. To your listeners. Are Thank you so much for your time and listening to us and our views and our narcissistic claims and narcisstic Oh yes, I remember, and did did divorced about you. How are you so educated? And so she so edy? She has done her master's in English literature, which I'm sure a lot of people in the world have, and she has done it, so it's like a big deal. So, yeah, that's that's what. She's super smart and like. Basically, you can start praying to her. She's your new the new age religion. Pretty Goddess. Thank you for the praises. All right, and on that note, by Takada Coo. Oh, I forgot to end it properly. Why? TAKADA CO.

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