• This was a really incredible piece Ethan! I haven’t read The Hate U Give yet but now I really want to.
    You’re absolutely right, unfortunately. Police violence and brutality is not just a story. It is real. It happens every day. It disproportionately affects people who are black and latino. And nothing is being done to hold the racist attitudes…[Read more]

  • Quan,
    I did not know that your parents were refugees from the Vietnam War, that is fascinating. And I totally take my advantages for granted too sometimes. I guess it is just nice to have a reality check and a reminder that we are really privileged to live where we do and to have the opportunities that we have. However, we both know that not…[Read more]

  • Joseph,
    First off, I think that this is a great piece and should be required reading so that people realize that all trans people want is to pee in peace and quiet and to be treated with decency and respect. I also agree with your theory that prejudice is learned. However, it leads me to wonder how one could encourage all young people collectively…[Read more]

  • Marcus,
    First of all, go you! Keep owning who you are, because, if you rock you, if you wear you proudly, and you own it, there will be people who love you for it. Granted, there will be people who hate you for it too, but that’s just a part of life. To be honest, I wish I had realized that sooner. I am bisexual, I try to own it, and I don’t…[Read more]

  • Katie,
    First of all, congratulations on being showcased and thank you for this well written and well informed piece. I completely agree with you in saying that people who do not read are saddening and are missing out. When I realize how little I myself have been reading lately, dragged down as I am by schoolwork, extracurriculars, commitments…[Read more]

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  • Andrew,
    Thank you so much for your feedback! I think that a lot of people agree with me that the descriptions of men are just more, for lack of a better word, sensuous. Especially the last two chapters, lines like “they’re a rotten bunch…” have almost completely convinced me.
    Roan

  • Ryan,
    First of all, thank you for your response. And yes, I have though a lot about Nick’s pursuit of Jordan, and it is hard to reconcile with my theory. However, all of the parts with Jordan seem like he’s trying to get himself to “like” Jordan and that he believes it’s what he should do. Jordan is never described in the beautiful and flowing…[Read more]

  • This is a very interesting take and I think that what you’re saying is really underappreciated. Now granted, it’s more than a little unfair for me to say this as I cannot vote, but you are right. The institution of democracy and popular election is designed to give a voice to the greatest number of people. Although, rightfully so, many people may…[Read more]

  • When I was reading chapter 3 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a few lines made me pause. On page 38, paragraph 1, an extremely drunk Nick Carraway says the following about his artist friend Mr. McKee, w

    • Ryan replied 3 years ago

      Hello Roan,
      I really enjoyed your post. I have read The Great Gatsby many times. I have never connected that Nick Carraway may “swing for the other team.” Your evidence is substantial. I don’t think he is completely gay. He may be bi- curious. Throughout the novel he does date a woman, but that could mean nothing. I’m not one hundred percent sure if he is or is not gay. I think it just depends on how you interpret the writing.
      Great post!
      Ryan Castle

      • Roan replied 3 years ago

        Ryan,
        First of all, thank you for your response. And yes, I have though a lot about Nick’s pursuit of Jordan, and it is hard to reconcile with my theory. However, all of the parts with Jordan seem like he’s trying to get himself to “like” Jordan and that he believes it’s what he should do. Jordan is never described in the beautiful and flowing language used to describe Gatsby or even Daisy. Perhaps it’s just me, or I’m over analyzing, but as someone who is LGBT (bisexual), I know how easy it is to rationalize oneself into, or, in my case, out of, thoughts and emotions as pertaining to one’s sexuality. Now I know that my argument is a very subjective one, and maybe it isn’t as obvious to someone who is straight (I assume you are I don’t actually know), but I’d love to know what you think.
        Roan

    • Hey Roan,
      I think this is a fascinating and very unorthodox view of this story and you made some great observations! I personally loved the euphemisms you found as I never would have even noticed them unless pointed out. You also said that his kiss was described very dryly and I think it would be interesting to look at romantic moments between other characters to really compare and contrast those to see if Fitzgerald was trying to sneak this into his writing.
      Great points!
      Andrew

      • Roan replied 3 years ago

        Andrew,
        Thank you so much for your feedback! I think that a lot of people agree with me that the descriptions of men are just more, for lack of a better word, sensuous. Especially the last two chapters, lines like “they’re a rotten bunch…” have almost completely convinced me.
        Roan

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