The latest installment in The New York Times’s ongoing series of Lena Dunham profiles was published earlier this week, and it was brimming with the sort of outrageous anecdotes and loaded quotes we’ve come to expect from the Grey Lady’s serialized obsession with the “Girls” creator.
The flowery, excessively descriptive prose in some of the profiles – along with those fly-on-the-wall-of-a-Bushwick-loft-trying-really-hard anecdotes and quotes – are endlessly scrutinized by fans and haters alike. But we wondered: Could readers distinguish the profiles from the flowery, excessively descriptive prose in America’s greatest novel?
Here we present a loving ode to the Times’s favorite millennial icon. It’s in quiz form, of course: Did these lines, quotes, descriptions and characters appear in one of the many Times profiles of Dunham, or in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel?
(Note: All names and some explicitly revealing details have been removed from the passages, but they are otherwise presented verbatim.)