Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Tribute to Roger Ebert and Jay Gatsby

To honor Roger Ebert’s passing, I offer his blog entry on Gatsby. Here, he compares the opening and closing lines of the book with the “retold” version published by Macmillan for “intermediate readers.” It is not really a comparison; it is an excoriation of American education. Worth reading.

Ebert’s piece got me thinking about how we lawyers treat the stories of real people. We give them a persuasive edge and necessarily simplify them. We rob them of their richness. Perhaps we will accomplish our aims better if we retain as much nuance and richness as possible. I’m not entirely sure.


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