1922, jazz and borrowed time

“That [1922] was the peak of the younger generation, for though the Jazz Age continued, it became less and less an affair of youth […] The word jazz in its progress towards respectability has meant first sex, then dancing then music. It is associated with a state of nervous stimulation, not unlike that of big cities behind the lines of war […] served by great filling stations of money […] It was borrowed time anyhow […]”

Fitzgerald in “Echoes of the Jazz Age” 1931, quoted in Parkinson 1987 Penguin Critical Studies, p. 14.