D’Angelo Barksdale Breaks Down The Great Gatsby (The Wire)

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  1. […] The book club’s leader asks what Fitzgerald meant when he said there are no second acts in American lives. “He’s saying that the past is always with us,” replies D’Angelo Barksdale, a middle manager in a drug-dealing empire and a character often singled out for critical praise. “Where we come from, what we go through, how we go through it — all that s**t matters. [ … ] Like, at the end of the book? Boats and tides and all? It’s like, you can change up. You can say you somebody new. You can give yourself a whole new story. But what came first is who you really are, and what happened before is what really happened. It doesn’t matter that some fool say you different, ’cause the only thing that make you different is what you really do, or what you really go through. Like all them books in his library. Now, he frontin’ with all them books. But if we pull one down off the shelf, ain’t none of the pages ever been opened. He got all them books, and he ain’t read one of ‘em. Gatsby, he was who he was, and he did what he did, and ’cause he wasn’t ready to get real with the story, that s**t caught up to him.” H/T Biblioklept […]

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  2. […] The book club’s leader asks what Fitzgerald meant when he said there are no second acts in American lives. “He’s saying that the past is always with us,” replies D’Angelo Barksdale, a middle manager in a drug-dealing empire and a character often singled out for critical praise. “Where we come from, what we go through, how we go through it — all that s**t matters. [ … ] Like, at the end of the book? Boats and tides and all? It’s like, you can change up. You can say you somebody new. You can give yourself a whole new story. But what came first is who you really are, and what happened before is what really happened. It doesn’t matter that some fool say you different, ’cause the only thing that make you different is what you really do, or what you really go through. Like all them books in his library. Now, he frontin’ with all them books. But if we pull one down off the shelf, ain’t none of the pages ever been opened. He got all them books, and he ain’t read one of ‘em. Gatsby, he was who he was, and he did what he did, and ’cause he wasn’t ready to get real with the story, that s**t caught up to him.” H/T Biblioklept […]

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