From the Sept/Oct, 2014 issue of Touchstone
Absence of Evil by Benjamin V. Beier


Absence of Evil

Benjamin V. Beier on the Surprising Augustinian Grammar of The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby brought with it renewed interest in the book and fresh commentaries on both the book and the film. For example, Fr. Robert Barron, an astute reader of popular culture, called the book a "sermon" demonstrating that a life of "conspicuous consumption" cannot satisfy. The boredom and listlessness of most of the characters—especially of Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who lack nothing in terms of privilege, wealth, and physica . . .

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