‘Enter Jay Gatsby, the midwestern boy born into poverty who aspires to see the world, study at Oxford University and ultimately live in a mansion overlooking Long Island Sound in the most fashionable of New York suburbs. In the book, Gatsby’s dream is described as dedicating his life to “the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty”. And the muse of that dream is Daisy, an upper-crust young woman he falls in love with who is frivolous and foolish, but has a “a voice full of money”.
Fitzgerald’s story has resonated all these years because alongside the lavish parties and lazy afternoons is a harsh critique of wealth – and of clinging to fictitious versions of the past.’
- Heather Long in ‘The Great Gatsby remake: opulence is back in vogue’
I have been recovering from cross addiction, including sex addiction, for more than 23 years. It took many years to unravel and heal, and I needed a lot of support and love and understanding. The biggest hurdle for any addict to overcome is the debilitating and highly destructive state of denial. The inability of individuals to face up to their addiction to sex stops them from realising they actually have a problem. In the course of my journey, I have experienced and witnessed massive emotional dysfunction, the loss of jobs, relationships, family breakdown and imprisonment. This is painfully and brilliantly portrayed by Michael Fassbender’s character, Brandon, in Shame.