On The Modern Collegiate Experience

July 16th, 2004 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

We are continually fascinated with the New York Post. The all-caps headlines creating a sense of looming death and destruction. The unabashed political bent. Even the recent lack of, um, properly sourcing stories tickles us. Probably because we’ve always been a bit fascinated by stories about William Randolph Hearst and yellow journalism. So it was with delight that we read Sara Nelson’s column on Tom Wolfe’s new book I Am Charlotte Simmons, a novel set in the wild and crazy world of higher education. Astute observers of the literary world will recall that Wolfe himself hinted at the, as Nelson puts it, salacious nature of the story. Apparently it’s all that and more in the 100 unedited (how does the Post get Wolfe’s unedited work, we wonder?) pages reviewed by Nelson. Warning: do not read this article if you still believe in the tooth fairy.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • basquette // Jul 16, 2004 at 1:37 pm

    i’m shocked, i tell you, shocked? (or is that “schlocked”? c’est une bagatelle) really, what gives here? the moral affrontery from the post is rather like bush being appalled at whoopi’s comments, given his and cheney’s infamous pre-election faux pas. hi, pot? this is kettle.

  • David Thayer // Jul 17, 2004 at 9:11 am

    Remember the brown recluse? it’s a spider that landed on our shores, found a mate and now lives everywhere. The Post seems to have found the literary version in these mysterious Wolfe pages. We’re a Kar Krash away from Page One.