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With apologies to The Beatles, I have noticed a trend lately among (I am presuming to be) fairly educated and sophisticated people on the ra...

14 July 2012

The Metaphor of a Car -- When Reading the Book Matters

Will wonders never cease?  Here is an arbiter of one popular cultural icon -- the automobile, criticising another -- the Hollywood film.  Dan Neil who is best known as the irreverent tester of new cars and then, writing about them for Wall Street Journal, reams out Baz Luhrmann, director of the latest celluloid version of The Great Gatsby on changing F Scott Fitzgerald's specific use of a Rolls Royce in his story to a made-in-Indiana Duesenberg, giving the equivalent of a high school English teacher's (if he also taught the Auto Mechanics shop class) analysis of the Rolls Royce as a metaphor for the Anglophile upper-class wanna-be desperate for societal acceptance.


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