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Man can recite all 49,000 words of ‘The Great Gatsby’ from memory
New York Daily News ^ | March 16, 2012 | AP

Posted on 03/16/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT by SMGFan

Go up to Scott Shepherd and ask him to begin reciting from, say, the beginning of Chapter Seven of "The Great Gatsby" and he pauses for only a moment.

"'It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night,'" he says in a soft and smooth delivery. Every word is correct. And he keeps going.

This is no mere party trick: Shepherd long ago memorized all 49,000 words of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel as part of a critically acclaimed, word-for-word theatrical adaptation called "Gatz," which has returned this month to The Public Theater.

"It's so ingrained now that once I start, I can't stop," he says.

He's not kidding. In "Gatz," Shepherd reads aloud almost the entire book in an insanely inventive theatrical show that lasts over eight hours, including three breaks. He calls it "a David Blaine-type endurance stunt-event."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/man-recite-49-000-words-great-gatsby-memory-article-1.1040978#ixzz1pJi4C9HO

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TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: greatgatsby
wow.
1 posted on 03/16/2012 2:18:31 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I wonder if he’s seen or read Fahrenheit 457.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 2:20:29 PM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: nickcarraway

Ping!


3 posted on 03/16/2012 2:23:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SMGFan
I once heard on the radio a guy who could tell you the score of every single Philadelphia Flyers game ever played.

That was pretty amazing.

This guy though, hands down winner.

4 posted on 03/16/2012 2:23:01 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Daveinyork

Right, good point.


5 posted on 03/16/2012 2:23:16 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

He’d be better served memorizing the Scriptures. That achievement will have eternal rewards.


6 posted on 03/16/2012 2:28:09 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: stars & stripes forever

I’ve heard of people memorizing entire books of the Bible (New Testament, so they weren’t incredibly long.) I had memorized several chapters from Romans, but if you don’t run through them often, you lose them.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 2:38:19 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: SMGFan
The Great Gatsby?? He was a.... Great!


8 posted on 03/16/2012 2:38:31 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Daveinyork

I think you mean Fahrenheit 451


9 posted on 03/16/2012 2:41:39 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SMGFan

A while back there was a kid in Seattle who could recite all the bus schedules.


10 posted on 03/16/2012 2:43:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse)
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To: Daveinyork
I wonder if he’s seen or read Fahrenheit 457.

I was just thinking the same thing with the human 'books' wandering around reciting lines at the end of the movie.

11 posted on 03/16/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: SMGFan

Lots of kids with autism can memorize movies and book chapters, etc.


12 posted on 03/16/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012)
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To: SMGFan

Someone notify Andy Kaufman...


13 posted on 03/16/2012 3:41:10 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: SMGFan

So can I, just not in the right order.


14 posted on 03/16/2012 3:42:01 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: South Hawthorne

I’m much more impressed by this guy who memorized most of Beowulf, recites it to a harp (lyre?) that he plays and acts it out - IN OLD ENGLISH!


15 posted on 03/16/2012 3:53:33 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: SMGFan

Harold Bloom, whom I used to know, had an eidetic memory. He could remember word-for-word every book he read.

C. S. Lewis is also said to have had an eidetic memory. When he was a tutor at Oxford in his study, and discussing something with one of his students, he could point the student to the right shelf, book, and page number for any quotation.


16 posted on 03/16/2012 5:10:29 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: vladimir998

I took a course in Old English at Harvard. I also knew Jess Bessinger at NYU. He also memorized Beowulf, and used to recite it while playing a harp which was his best guess as to what the original bards used to play. He made a recording of it, I believe.

I memorized the first lines of Beowulf, the Battle of Brunanburgh, and a few other poems. But not the whole poems.


17 posted on 03/16/2012 5:15:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SMGFan

Get back to me when he can recite all of “Valley of the Dolls.”


18 posted on 03/16/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Pontiac

He got confused and merged the 57 from Heinz 57 into it.


19 posted on 03/16/2012 5:43:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: SMGFan

This guy has waaaaaaay too much time on his hands.


20 posted on 03/16/2012 5:57:07 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SMGFan

And yet, the book was so boring that I didn’t bother finishing it in High School.

Useless.


21 posted on 03/16/2012 9:28:55 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: Pontiac

“I think you mean Fahrenheit 451”

Right you are. That shows how long it’s been since I’ve seen or read it.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 6:02:05 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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