The Great Blacksby – the literary hero you never noticed

The Great Blacksby

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby‘s been in theaters for a couple weeks, and it is a truly divisive talking-point amongst moviegoers. While some appreciate the sleek visuals and pervading splendor, others believe that the film isn’t grounded enough to give a fair representation of the novel. No matter which camp you find yourself in, chances’re good that if you’ve read the book or seen the movie you’ve spent some time slinging ideas about.

Such is my situation.

Allow me to be forthright – I believe that The Great Gatsby is an absolutely perfect novel. I’ve spent countless hours reading, discussing, and writing about Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, and yet I still find myself stumbling into new terrain. Of course, whenever I think I’ve find a rock worth turning over, I make a point to shout at anyone who’ll listen.

A couple years ago I posted Nick Carra-Gay?, an exploration of the possibility that the novel’s narrator is gay. Whether or not you go for the theory, it generated some great conversation.

In the hopes of generating similar discussions, I’ve taken a grad school paper I’ve just completed and rearranged it for the OL audience. Give it a read and then hit up the comments section to share your thoughts. I’m not sure if my argument’s got legs to stand on, but at the very least it’s evocative.

After all, the idea at hand is that Jay Gatsby is actually a black guy.

I now present – The Great Blacksby – The Literary Hero You Never Noticed.

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‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ TRAILER: Slick, Stylish, Tone-Missing Bullshit.

I was pretty certain the overwrought gaudy nonsense of  Baz Luhrmann was going to miss the mark with an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and this sleek bullshit disaster trailer has done nothing to dissuade me of this notion. I hate this trailer a million times over.

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DEFEAT. 023 – Death in the Afternoon

[DEFEAT. is Rendar Frankenstein’s truest attempt at fiction.   Presented in weekly episodes, the novella tells the tale of Daryl Millar – a hero who dies at the intersection of pop culture, science-fiction, war epic, and fantasy]

Ernest paced back and forth, contemplating whether or not he should go through with it. A Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize in Literature, and yet he had to go to great lengths to get his latest manuscript into the pages of Life Magazine. As he thought about this fact, he coldly nodded his head.

“The world has turned its back on me — just as I knew it would.”

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