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a brief dash up Mont Tendre with the old gang
2002 swooped in fast, blasted by over our heads with an acrid smell, and disappeared
over the horizon. Mr D. Peck, for a large number of work-related reasons, was
unable to plan any holidays from 2001 right all the way through 2002, and probably
well into the spring of 2003 for that matter. He snatched an hour or two when
he could, of course, but when Mr C. Berman came to Europe
in July -- it was his turn, we've had to go to the USA for the past two
summers -- he was pretty much on his own, alas.
may not find this interesting unless you're included here, so this is a good time
for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the
sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
a collection of former American College of Switzerland professors (from left:
Durham, Pirri, Berman) arguing bitterly about the suitability of assigning the
The Great Gatsby to illiterate students, perched upon a buttress not far
from Mont Tendre, in the Jura mountains of Switzerland, 27 July 2002.
. . . was Nick Carraway homosexual?!? Give me a break. Explain THAT in the canton
yeah!?! You don't know ANYTHING about Fitzgerald!"
do you." The summit of Mont Tendre peeks down from the upper right.
the summit, Prof Durham tunes out Prof Berman's thoughts about Fitzgerald, 27
won the argument? We'll never know. We'll put our fingers in our ears and a pillow
over our heads if anyone ever tries to tell us.
(left) steps in, delivers a hasty verdict, and all's back to harmony and bliss,
at least as far as Gatsby and Nick Carraway are concerned.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative,
rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 25 October 2002, revised 28 June 2012.