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MashReads Podcast: Why you should reread 'The Great Gatsby' as an adult


There are few books that capture the pursuit of -- and utter disenchantment with -- the American Dream as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby follows Nick Carroway as he tells the tale of Jay Gatsby, a wealthy yet enigmatic man living on the Long Island Sound struggling to win back the love of his life Daisy. In an effort to reconnect with Daisy, Gatsby tries to infiltrate the exclusive world of New York's elite, forcing readers to ponder: is the American Dream still possible and for whom? SEE ALSO: 20 stunning editions of classic books you'll want to add to your library Inspired by Gatsby's place in the canon of books we all read in high school, we chat about our favorite high school books on MashReads -- including Lord Of The Flies by William Golding, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, and Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. Aliza recommends Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, and the other podcasts from Crooked Media.

Freezing fat: the new fad in plastic surgery

The Japan Times

PARIS – Move over liposuction, the new fad in fat is freezing it. As plastic surgeons, dermatologists and beauticians from around the world gather in Paris to analyze trends at the IMCAS esthetic congress, here is some of what's new: With "coolsculpting," people can get rid of fat while reading a book, practitioners say. The procedure, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010, involves placing a fatty part of the body -- say those love handles -- into a device that cools the area to below body temperature but above freezing, destroying fat cells. Fat cells are more susceptible to cold than other skin cells, which are not harmed in the process. "Twenty to 23 percent of the fat cells in that portion that you froze for an hour will disappear," said Renato Saltz, a plastic surgeon from Utah and president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

As Scientists Train the Immune System to Fight Cancer, Others Look to Combat Costs

U.S. News

Speaking on value at a 2015 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Saltz warned, "As a clinician, I want these drugs and others like them to be available for my patients. As one who worries about how we will make them available and minimize disparities, I have a major problem, and that is that these drugs cost too much."

Why Utah now has first 'free-range' parenting law

BBC News

On Tuesday, Utah will become the first state in the US to have a "free-range" parenting law. Victoria Oldridge takes a look at how the law came to be and the debate over what's an appropriate amount of freedom for children. When Alexander Meitiv dropped his two children - 10 and six - off at a local park near their Maryland home to play for the afternoon in late 2014, he was not expecting the firestorm that would follow. A bystander called 911 after noticing the children walking home by themselves. Police stopped them and brought them back to the Meitivs' home.

Autistic Artist Gains Praise for Massive Building Sculptures

U.S. News

Kambel's sculptures were displayed at the Elaine de Kooning House last year and on Jan. 17, Byrne exhibited Kambel's sculptures at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. There, they gained the attention of Holland Cotter, co-chief art critic for the New York Times, and Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine who called Kambel's work "magnificent."