This PlayStation commercial for a new Star Wars game plays on the only other force stronger than the sexual one in the American male: nostalgia. Nostalgia is a re-imagining of the past caused by dissatisfaction with the present. And judging by this TV spot, the American male is thoroughly unsatisfied—pitifully so. Because the guy in this ad is just straight-up pitiful.
The Great Gatsby is not F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest piece of writing. That honor instead goes to a series of three essays first published in Esquire in 1936 collectively called The Crack-Up. The Crack-Up recounts the writer’s strange encounter with a nervous breakdown and depression—and its eloquent, brutal honesty hit me like a Louisville Slugger when I first read it and re-hit me like that selfsame Louisville Slugger when I recently re-read it.
- September 21, 2015
- Jon Eckblad
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