Lena Dunham at HBO’s post-Emmy Awards reception Aug. 25 in West Hollywood. (Evan Agostini/Invision/Associated Press)

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 New York Times really likes writing about Dunham. Like, really. A lot. Unabashedly, genuinely loves it.

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.)

1

Feet bared, the guests gathered near a table heaped with vegan hors d'oeuvres prepared by a St. Ann's junior and a proficient vegan cook. She had devoted an entire week to the food, including four dips … baba ghanouj, mushroom pâté tartlettes, biscotti and two cakes.

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The Great Gatsby

2

A description of sex: “You’re performing a role that goes beyond what you’re doing in your day-to-day life,” she added, referring to the masks we all wear and the parts we all play, “but you really can’t, because you’re being touched.” You’re robbed of control in a situation of vulnerability when you may want it most.

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The Great Gatsby

3

"I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read 'The Rise of the Colored Empires' by this man Goddard”?

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The Great Gatsby

4

“He and I got some croissants and we’re just hanging around the garden and reading some old issues of The Believer.”

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The Great Gatsby

5

The apartment was on the top floor -- a small living room, a small dining room, a small bedroom and a bath. The living room was crowded to the doors with a set of tapestried furniture entirely too large for it so that to move about was to stumble continually over scenes of ladies swinging in the gardens of Versailles.

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The Great Gatsby

6

"I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address -- inside of a week I got a package with a new evening gown in it."

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The Great Gatsby

7

To suggest that she is too young, too privileged, too entitled, too narcissistic, neurotic and provincial (in that rarefied Manhattan-raised way) to be dispensing advice to anyone is to add very little to the ever-expanding, very much already-in-progress conversation about her place in the culture and her overall right to exist.

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The Great Gatsby

8

A succulent hash arrived, and, [this person], forgetting the more sentimental atmosphere of the old place, began to eat with ferocious delicacy.

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The Great Gatsby

9

Over the next hour, the audience chortled as the show’s star and writer inhaled ice cream, biked in a bikini and labored to reunite the quartet of once-close girlfriends.

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10

She ordered nachos. “I am a macrobiotic vegan, so this is a big thing that I’m having these,” she said.


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