“So We Beat On, Boats Against the Current, Borne Back Ceaselessly into the Past”

Today is  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday.  I made a little pilgrimage to his grave.

Scott and Zelda are buried in the graveyard next to St. Mary’s Church, in Rockville, Maryland.  Ignoring the usually sound advice of Michael Stipe, I took the train back to Rockville, and made the five-minute walk from the Metro station to the cemetery.

I wasn’t the only one making a birthday visit.  There were notes and a few flowers at the grave site.  In the past, visitors have left hip flasks and half-empty wine bottles.  Someone once left a bouquet of daisies.

The slab on top of the grave quotes the famous last sentence of The Great Gatsby:


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