Blue Star

The Great Gamratsby
Scott Sullivan
Gamratsby believed in the blue light, the orgiastic hotel room that yearly recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther … And one fine morning So we beat on, votes against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

n my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me advice I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he said, “make sure they can’t hit back. Or you’ll be in critical condition too.”

I came to west Michigan wanting the world to be at moral attention: no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gamratsby, who gives her name to this column, was exempt from my reaction—Gamratsby, who represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn.

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