Fitzgerald was frustrated by the public's preference for movies. "I saw that the novel, which at my maturity was the strongest and supplest medium for conveying thought and emotion from one human being to another, was becoming subordinated to a mechanical and communal art," he wrote in "The Crack-Up." "As long past as 1930, I had a hunch that the talkies would make even the best selling novelist as archaic as silent pictures."If F. Scott Fitzgerald had not lived, if he had not chronicled his times with the sensitivity and vivid language that he did, it's possible that much of the cultural significance of the Jazz Age could be shrugged off by history. And that, as Gatsby might say, would be a shame, old sport.