RFL: The Great Gatsby

January 27, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. EST

The irony at the heart of The Great Gatsby is that of all the people that Nick meets in the East, Jay Gatsby, the seller of counterfeit bonds, is alone genuinely bonded to anything larger than his own personal advantage. His greatness consists in a total and complete commitment to an illusion, of course. In this way, he is like Don Quixote. Gatsby and Quixote live in an alternate reality. But how real are the realities of their compatriots? How real is the “real world” in which careless people crash into each other and then “retreat into their wealth,” as Nick concludes is the way of all the people in the East—except Gatsby?
Works of fiction are also illusions, but do they not illuminate for our imaginations a potential reality that is more real than the “real world.” Dr. King’s prophetic dream for America—is it an illusion like Gatsby’s wealth, or a fiction like the hypothetical vision of a great novel?
Join Michael Verde as he reads The Great Gatsby for life, tuning into the realities of the imagination that are awaiting us to bond with them so that they can become real and we can inhabit the great visions of the human spirit that survive our careless crashes and hold us above water on the Sound.

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Reading for Life is a learning adventure dedicated to inspiring your imagination. We seek to illuminate the visionary depths of great works of literature, and to draw readers from around the world into conversations enkindled by those works. First and last, this is a community-building enterprise. Because the way we read has the power to transform the way we live.


Event Details

Event Details

The webinar will be 75 minutes. If you’d like to attend but can’t make it on the 27th, register and we'll send you a link to the recorded webinar. It will be available for 3 days following the live webinar, and will be accessible to everyone who registers in advance.

Date: January 27, 2021

Start time: 09:00 p.m. EST

End time: 10:15 p.m. EST

Venue: Online

Email: katherine@memorybridge.org