Dec 5, 2007

The New Gatsby

I'm not sure which part of the Florida penal code deals with this type of (alleged) form of murder: Bill Ash, a former assistant to Mr. Tobias, said he had told the police that Mrs. Tobias confessed to him that she had cajoled her husband into the water while he was on a cocaine binge with a promise of sex with a male go-go dancer known as Tiger.

Cajoling with intent to drown? Solicitation in a dangerous setting?

Whatever, the New York Times has a fascinating read about the death and life of Circle T hedge fund manager Seth Tobias. Attempts to broaden the salacious details into a parable on the "modern gilded age" are a bit tortured, but the whole affair does speak to the aggressive self-loathing found in the egos of America's capitalist subculture.

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