100 years after The Great Gatsby’s shining summer, what can F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel tell us about 2022?

Standing on the Accademia Bridge in Venice on a hot, humid evening early this summer, I found myself drawn to a party in the side garden of a palace across the Grand Canal. From my heights, I found myself a silent witness to the joys of the garden party unfolding before me.

A group of men in black tie formal suits stood together in groups, gulps drinking, laughing, clinking glasses, and all the masculinity that defines the gilded life of a rich man.

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