We broke before news of the new record did.

During that last week of June 2019, the 15th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference ran flawlessly. Much of the credit goes to the expert organization of our site director, Pascal Bardet, who invited us to the campus of the Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès in honor of the Fitzgeralds' brief but significant excursion through southwestern France in early 1926. Although Bardet's Department of Anglophone World Studies could not have been a more generous host, attendees at the many inspiring presentations, keynotes, and special events felt especially grateful for one particular detail entirely beyond the sponsors' purview: La Maison de la Recherche where the five days of sessions were held was blessedly air-conditioned.

Yet even while our agenda at La Maison ran from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or so, there was no avoiding going outside. There temperatures remained locked firmly at...

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