Kevin Roose writes: Show a little restraint, man!
Baz Luhrmann's screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby has already inspired new interest in the lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, the book's mysterious millionaire protagonist. Gatsby-themed parties are popping up around the country, in somewhat misguided homage to the over-the-top shindigs Gatsby held at his West Egg mansion. These parties were all-weekend affairs, filled with luxury accoutrements: live music, gourmet meals, free-flowing liquor. Nothing, it seemed, was too expensive for Jay Gatsby.
Or was it? Upon rereading the book recently, I took special note of Gatsby's spending habits. He's described as a wealthy man, but he's still living a very tony lifestyle for someone who made most of his money bootlegging. One over-the-top party, yes. But an over-the-top party every weekend? Even hedge-funders don't live like that. So I pulled every nugget from The Great Gatsby related to Gatsby's personal wealth and income…..