The American Dream – page 8
March 17th, 2009

The American Dream – page 8


  1. Sara

    “I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.”

  2. Dylan

    Great Gatsby, right? You just convinced me to finally read it…

  3. Tim Broderick

    Beautiful line work Dylan. I especially like the white on the plane windows – nice touch!

  4. Brian H.

    This is a pleasure to read. Your pacing is perhaps my favorite of any cartoonist. I feel as if I’m stepping away from reality through your silences and open spaces.

  5. Sara

    No, don’t read it, Dylan. It’s not that great. Just the last page is brilliant, which is where that quote is from. Read the last page.

  6. Dylan

    Oh well, that’s a relief then.

    As a general rule, I don’t read novels – just lots of non-fiction. But every so often, something slips past my fiction-phobia and briefly changes my mind (in recent years ‘Lolita’ and ‘Heart of Darkness’ have done this; and so many people have now recommended Bolano’s ‘2066’ that a copy now sits on my reading pile). Even so, setting out to read any novel tends to involve a gritting of teeth and fixing of jaw, etc…

    But the last page I can do easily enough.

  7. Dylan

    Come to think of it, I often read the last page first anyway.

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