Monday, October 23, 2006

What students read 

According to Phi Beta Cons, it's alternatively platitudinous, sappy, disgusting, shallow, geeky or Forsterian. I can't say it was much better in my time. My journeys into reading included anything by Hunter Thompson or Carlos Castenada, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Mark Vonnegut's Eden Express, which I thought for one month was the most brilliant thing ever written. So I read books in which drugs and psychosis were a big part of things. You want to say it's worse now?

Luckily for me, somewhere in that period I also read "Conscience of a Conservative" and Ayn Rand. I have no idea why.