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Category Archives: The Great Gatsby


WASPiration: David Gilbert’s & Sons

As someone who’s always secretly aspired to being a WASP (before you mercilessly judge me for this, I should clarify that my desire has less to do with attaining elevated social and financial status than with being able to dress like a character in The Great Gatsby Read more »

How much sin can viewers take?: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire has achieved a similar status to the gangster films of the 1950s, bringing the state of television’s serial narrative — to borrow a phrase from Roland Barthes — to a more than adequate gestuary of ‘cool’. The pilot episode of the HBO series, the fifth … Read more »

Amusements and distractions

Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us. Hello again, The Great Gatsby game, welcome back to my life. This is why bookmarks were invented. (Make sure you read the ‘about’ gold!) The ABC of Architects video is educational, … Read more »

Bento books

My recent dependence on the Japanese café near my office seems to be having an impact on my mindset. Over my carefully prepared bento box I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of containers. The Japanese have an important tradition of presenting food in careful, clever … Read more »

The book is never better than the film

Hearing somebody say ‘The book is always better than the film’ is like fingernails down a blackboard to me. This ill-informed yet common cliché about the supposed superiority of literary texts over visual texts is highly reductive and suggests that a comparison can be made between two … Read more »