Chapter 1: A Self-Made Country
The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, THE GREAT GATSBY
There was once an upscale men's shop in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., that featured a shiny metal nameplate over the door of its dressing room. It noted that the shop had been honored to have had among its patrons Mr. Cary Grant. It seemed that the gentleman had experienced some unusually warm weather during a visit to Washington and needed a lighter weight suit than he'd brought along. It concluded the historic note by saying Mr. Grant...