It is a testament of the complexity of the cultural politics of the time that one of the seminal pieces of literary modernism could be influenced by Maurassian misogynistic and antiromantic ideology, while being structured around literary symbolism and stream-of-consciousness techniques that were inspired by Maurras’s enemy, Bergson.

“Henri Bergson, Celebrity”

Enterococcus, by poisoning its rivals, was saving the worms. This change depended entirely on the presence of Staph. When King exposed 15 generations of worms to Enterococcus alone, the mildly harmful bacterium became slightly more harmful. “On its own, it’s a little bit of a parasite,” says King. “But when it interacts with this much more virulent organism, it shifts along the continuum to be much more beneficial.

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (via cabbycan)

I’m sure F. Scott would have loved this movie. I haven’t read anything about it (I like to go in fresh), but at least the idea of it. Maybe what it takes to be modern is a) the automobile and b) the movie. Until we get past these things, the Lost Generation retains the vital life of the present.