Jake Gyllenhaal honored at the Edible Schoolyard Spring Benefit
…in NYC yesterday and he never looked more handsome
People could place a bid to have Jake as an edible tour guide. I mean, as an Edible Schoolyard tour guide. It ended up with $14K for a pizza with the handsomest man alive. Not bad.
Yes, that Jake. Jake Gyllenhaal, actor, our Spring Benefit honoree, and longtime supporter of Edible Schoolyard NYC, is taking you and your friends on a private Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 tour. He knows the garden well — he planted a pear tree in it at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2010. Oh, and he’s staying for lunch! Famed Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s is transporting its pizza oven to P.S. 216 to prepare lunch from the garden, in the garden, for you and your guests.
Don’t forget that Jake wants you to read, or re-read, Fitzgerald’s classic ‘The Great Gatsby’. He spent hours reading it for you so you have no excuses (you can even download the book here). I’m curious to know about your experience, if you have already listened to the whole thing (someone called it an ‘eargasm’ and yeah, I can relate) so share it with me if you will and I’ll post it. This is the first review I got (many thanks to you-know-who). As soon as I finished reading it I felt the urge to light up a cig. Just saying. Enjoy!
“I know you won’t think any less of me when I confess that I was a Gatsby virgin – until Jake corrected that flaw. I had never read The Great Gatsby, not even in high school. What can I say? Small school, rural area, economically depressed citizenry – I never had a required reading list until I went to college. I read all the time, any books I could get my hands on, but certain classics never found their way to me. I read The Glass Menagerie and To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time just last year. I am woefully ignorant of many of Shakespeare’s plays and am only familiar with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey from movies. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Shame on me! And it can be a crippling defect when playing Trivial Pursuit, but I’m trying to make up for it.
So I happily surrendered my Gatsby virginity to Jake and I am so glad I did! His voice, so gentle and sweet, enveloped me like a tender lover’s embrace, gradually drawing me into the story. The words rolled off his tongue like a dulcet melody next to my ear, warm, entrancing, intoxicating, yet firm and strong. He really knew what he was doing and I could tell he was enjoying it, too. As the story unfolded I found myself breathlessly eager for each new chapter, experiencing this tantalizing journey with Jake as my guide. I listened timidly, passively as he read the exposition, setting the stage for later, more dramatic events. I was transported into Gatsby’s world as he delicately caressed my ears with subtle changes in pitch and tone, emulating the different characters’ voices and accents ever so gently.
Before I knew it, I had given myself with complete abandon to the story arc, anticipating the rising action with fevered intensity. Jake was relentless – expertly relentless! – yet patient, taking his time to bring me along with him to the climax. I never knew a story could be so powerful, so passionate, so energizing! Jake had brought me to the heights of great literature as only a lover of literature could. As wave after wave of emotion coursed through my body, I didn’t want it to end. Finally, sensing his reluctance to end the story, after nearly five hours he was done. My ears still quivering with sated desire, I promised him that I would listen again soon. Very soon.“