While I haven’t read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, here are some of my condensed thoughts on some of his short stories.
Bernice Bobs Her Hair: Overall this was a light fluff piece with a slightly darker ending. An interesting fact is that Fitzgerald himself labeled this short story as trash. While I wouldn’t go that far, this story does lack the substance that normally exists in Fitzgerald’s more serious work. As well, I found racist Native American references to be largely unnecessary.
The Offshore Pirate: The romance itself is much like any modern romance: a formulaic guilty pleasure that is slightly sexist. Ardita, the main female character, does manage to pull off the impossible by not completely annoying me. Seriously, Fitzgerald has a talent for writing rich, entitled female characters in way that keeps me interested and not off-the-handle angry. (Largely due to his relationship with his wife Zelda, I’m sure.)
However, the romance aside, I was most surprised by the blatant racism in it, and I don’t just mean he used the word “negro”. In the background, the black characters thanklessly push forward the plot with odd moonlit dinners and atmospheric “exotic” dance music…like seriously, whyyy? Plus, the plot twist at the end unravels any characterization the black characters may have had.