Tag Archives: The Great Gatsby

Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past

It’s always about the past. That’s why Fitzgerald’s Gatsby novel is considered the great American novel. It’s all about a noble but flawed fellow who wants to recapture the past, in the person of his one true love from long … Continue reading

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Everything in Kansas City

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” That’s the last line of F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 novel about that Gatsby fellow – and of course it is full of deep meaning. Or maybe … Continue reading

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Only Yesterday

Maybe we were living in the Roaring Twenties and September 2008 was our 1929 – with an absurdly overleveraged economy collapsing, again. We did this once before. Really – Fredrick Lewis Allen’s Only Yesterday is the best popular history of … Continue reading

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The Careless People

Yeah, yeah – one day you’re going to write the Great American Novel. But it’s already been done. And it’s not Moby Dick – too odd and impenetrable for most folks. And it’s not Huckleberry Finn – that’s still a … Continue reading

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Careless People

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the … Continue reading

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Wanting To Be One of the Useless Hated Rich

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the fifties was a sort of The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet in the Rust Belt. After those first years in the Czech community down in the dark valley by the even darker river, listening … Continue reading

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