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Haruki Murakami's 'Killing Commendatore' Is Yet Another Turn Around the Tired Fantasy Carousel

Disturbing pedophilia and time-consuming repetition drag down Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore.

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The Great Gatsby Re-Incarnated a la Don Draper and Barack Obama

It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.

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In Defense of the Greatness of the Gatsby

Kathryn Schulz’s failure to appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterwork, as professed on Vulture.com, is a contemporary case study for how not to assess literature.

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Five Reasons Remaking 'The Great Gatsby' in 2013 Was a Great Idea

Some classics are timeless solely for their quality, but The Great Gatsby carries remarkable relevancy for today's audiences. Can Baz Luhrmann make a film worthy of the great Gatsby name?

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Bombs Away: Predicting the Summer 2013 Flops

Our choices for five Summer films that (probably) won't live up to expectations, artistically or commercially.

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The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño's Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.

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The Great Gatsby (1974)

Raises a perennial question: if they can make a decent movie out of The Bridges of Madison County, why not a great one out of one of the best novels of the 20th century?"

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