September 30, 2005

Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be frat boys

It's only a matter of time before Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons" makes its way to the big screen. It's a novel even our beloved President Bush read earlier this year. (All the frat boy "hijinks" in the book must have really taken him back.)I tore through this book on a plane ride to Hawaii, amazed that a geezur like Wolfe was able to wrap his mind around modern campus life fairly accurately. (Warning: Parents of highschool or college-aged kids should probably steer clear of this one or risk countless sleepless nights worrying about what booze-induced sexual naughtiness their kids are currently engaged in.) Since I was sadly more dork than diva in college, I could readily identify with the naive, ostracized heroine, while cursing the vicious "froshtitutes" who make her life hell on earth. To read an NPR commentary on the book, click here. -- Amy

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