Wednesday, January 19, 2011

* Zuckerberg Bowl? Facebook Field?

Today's elegant article in the Yale Daily News (link above) by Riley Scripps Ford has achieved what no amount of badgering from Yale posters has succeeded in doing over the last two and a half years: rendered my posting persona redundant. 

Exeunt , Stage Left.



This is a brilliant article: It might be called the Gatsby-ization of Old Money. Some day soon the Yale Bowl will become the Zuckerberg Bowl---or Facebook Field: Mark my words.
I intend to link this article to The-Anti-Yale for it introduces the era which produced my zeal
Why would Yale name its field after a Harvard dropout?
Dollars, many.
Brain cells, few.
RexMottram08, I'm going to assume you're talking about our esteemed fellow commentator, and I'm going to officially declare this the first time I have EVER agreed with you.
Why would facebook buy naming rights to the Yale Bowl instead of New Meadowlands?
I expect a pithy response by next post.
Yale12.... careful.... agreeing with conservatives is dangerous :-)
RT: Why?
For the same reason that Jay Gatz thought he could buy access to the world of Daisy Buchanon with his garish mansion on West Egg and his lavish parties, only THIS time New Money CAN buy access to the world of Old Money.
It may not be Yale Bowl but it will be symbolically the same gesture as Hearst's creation of San Simeone, Jackson's of Neverland and (five blocks from Yale) Frederick Foster Brewster's of Edgerton: the longing of the nouveau riche for a pedigree, and their futile architectural attempts to manufacture one. Hyannis Port, Martha's Vineyard, the Dakota Apartments, anyone?


"Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (Fitzgerald, p. 6).

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