Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning ——
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hi there, my name is Jason Maxham and this is my personal blog. As stated in my first post, I had come to an impasse with a writing project that I had worked on for several years. Having accumulated a long list of topics that didn’t fit into that niche, it was time to start anew.
About the name of this blog: I read The Great Gatsby for the first time a few years ago (it may have been assigned in school, but I hated being told what to read, often opting for the Cliffs Notes instead). The brilliant ending, which speaks of the “orgastic future” we’re all striving for, really stuck with me. Those last couple of paragraphs are a profound summation of the experience of yearning for a better future; current aspirations emanate from the complicated context of our past actions. Those final sentences reappear in my thoughts often: I still don’t know exactly what they mean for me, which is why I thought it would be the perfect title for this personal writing project.
- Header image: “Cold-Flow Propulsion Research Test.” NASA on the Commons (Flickr).