‘The Great Gatsby,’ as told by Tom Buchanan
Anyone who’s had the briefest of brushes with “The Great Gatsby” remembers Tom Buchanan, the bombastic old-money alpha male with a severe distaste for the lower classes. What if, however, Nick Carraway’s account of the matter was just as colored by conceit and artifice as any other man’s, his impartiality a mere front, and Tom was done an injustice?
This week, Tom (given voice by essayist Robert Atwan) began to tell his side of the story:
“I am a gravely misunderstood man and have been for a very long time, thanks to a perennial bestseller written by a Manhattan bond salesman turned procurer, one Nicholas Carraway, the author of a deceptive and biased memoir that thinly disguises itself as a pseudonymous novel.”
For more of this alternate history of the American Dream, head over to The Believer.