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    The Endurance of Gatsby

    Analyze what makes The Great Gatsby such an enduring piece of literature — the 1920s was long ago, as is its culture, and yet we continue to read the book and see pieces of ourselves in the characters. What is it about the writing, the scenario, or the characters that continue relentlessly, beat on, boats against the current?

    • I think it might be useful/helpful to think about if any core themes of the novel still resonate with readers today. I would argue that despite the many changes have occurred in America in the past 90 years, there are still fundamental themes and ideas at the center of Gatsby that remain core/essential to the American experience today. Also, the writing is immensely beautiful. – SeanGadus 3 years ago
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    • I think the 'tickle in the fancy' with the Gatsby is that we can all relate to the images that emanate from the rituals of the not-so-common part of society. If we were to look more closely, even the lower strata of society would have its own version of the 'Ghetto ' Gatsby and that's what I feel draws the reader (or the viewer) into the appealing characters, happenstance, and yearning for abundance in generous times. Shakespearean drama took place even earlier than the 1920s; yet, the plays cry out to our past failures, future hopes in ways that seem more contemporary than distant. I guess, Mario Puzo is the best analogy I can give to the effect that Gatsby has on the unsuspecting reader, the discerning writer, and the public at large; through his Godfather saga. – lofreire 3 years ago
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    While suffering through my bout of mental illness in the late 2000s, I read a lot of those “sick-lit” books. It’s kind of like mental illness porn — you see people with the same problems you do, but they’re all swept away when the protagonist meets some handsome young man. And then everything’s okay. Only now, years later, do I realize how damaging this narrative is — and not just for the sick young women, but also the young men who love these women. It’s not healthy for any of them. No one person can be your savior. You’ve got to do that yourself.

    Mental Illness in YA: Rehabilitating Sick-Lit

    I think it’s very interesting to see how much video games have evolved in the short span of time they’ve existed. Where will they go next? There’s so much focused on their aesthetics, but in many games, there’s a deep and profound story within them. I think Tolkien would be impressed with the writing of these games, the complexity within them — especially in one of my favorites, Mass Effect. It’s sci-fi, but what is sci-fi but fantasy in the future?

    The Influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on Modern Video Gaming

    What I’ve always found most striking, symbolically, is the loss of Walt’s hair. Before, he’s the mild-mannered chemistry teacher who starts making some morally gray choices, but after the hair’s gone, he’s balls-to-the-wall meth cooker. I think this may reflect, as well, his willingness and acceptance of death: shaving his head is a way of acknowledging the cancer and the inevitability that he will die. Here, though, he’s giving himself another option: let the cancer kill him or go out fighting.

    Objects in Breaking Bad: If Things Could Talk