“You don’t want Trump or anyone else owning Gatsby. You don’t want anyone buying and selling him, or it, or whatever Jay Gatsby, or Jimmy Gatz, or Fitzgerald himself wanted the character to be. For all this time people have been slapping the tag on anything that moves as if everyone will immediately understand it, but it never sticks. There’s always a feeling of the cheat involved—some intellectual Ponzi scheme.”
– Written for Yale University Press Blog, in anticipation of the April 28th release of Under the Red White and Blue: Patriotism, Disenchantment and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby.