Good article in The Economist of The Great Gatsby, book, film, and play. I particularly enjoyed the writer’s clever use of the main character as metaphor for the current United States society. It does a good job of explaining why the American Dream is actually the American Illusion.
Although writing about two characters in the book, he could be Fitzgerald could be describing bankers in this quote from the article:
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy,” Fitzgerald writes, “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 mess they had made.”
Sound familiar? It could be from an article about the financial crisis that surfaced in 2007. Those guys made out like bandits...and are still cashing in on the mess they made.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.