From GATSBY—Fastest Example Yet of What a Work of Art Does

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I was having lunch a couple weeks ago with two business colleagues.  I was trying to express to them what it is that a work of art communicates. I tried this Robert Frost poem, but it didn’t “connect.”  Then I tried the last line of Gatsy – one of the most famous sentences in the history of the novel:

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

That “connected” hard with both of them. They both felt it—one guy and one girl.

Do you feel it?

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