Posts Tagged ‘college’

Beginnings

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March 6th, 2022 Posted 7:28 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. PA has written a few novels where college plays a role, but perhaps the most college-centered is Crying Wolf. Here’s the start:

One should not avoid one’s tests, although they are perhaps the most dangerous game one could play and are in the end tests which are taken before ourselves and before no other judge. (Beyond Good and Evil, Section 41)

– Introduction to the syllabus, Philosophy 322 (Superman and Man: Nietzsche and Cobain), Prof. Uzig.

(Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal: “Peter Abrahams, in his terrific 10th novel, “Crying Wolf,” tells a riveting story of a time as menacing as any: the present. Inverness, though, the small New England school where an out-of-state scholarship freshman named Nat tries to make his mark, seems idyllic: a frequent location site for filmmakers in need of an ideal college campus. The idyll grows stranger when Nat is befriended by Izzie and Grace, beautiful twins in whose wealthy milieu Nat is a fish out of water. The twins hatch a scheme to solve Nat’s money problems, an ill-conceived caper that turns ugly when it converges with the deluded plans of a drug-addled campus thief. “Crying Wolf” unfolds brilliantly, in sequences made all the more compelling by nuance and precise detail. Mr. Abrahams captures all sorts of voices in all kinds of rooms: the razor-edged banter at the twins’ family dinner table, the heady talk in the philosophy class of a Nietzsche-obsessed professor, the egoistic mental ramblings of a thief who recites infomercial babble like spiritual truth. A book as smart and gripping as “Crying Wolf” makes any year memorable.”)

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Memories

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August 14th, 2017 Posted 7:46 am

This photo of a certain blended Scotch posted in yesterday’s comments brought back a certain (hazy) college memory.

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Stress?

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December 15th, 2010 Posted 8:32 am

“Here’s something you might enjoy, Chet,” Bernie says. “Tufts University – kind of far from here, now that I think of it, and maybe pretty cold right now – is bringing in therapy dogs to lower the college kids’ stress levels at exam time.”

Stress? Not sure what that is, but college kids? Love ’em! What a life they have! I know because sometimes we visit Valley College downtown to look in on Prof. He’s our money expert – we have experts on everything, part of our business plan – and once he told us about this dude name of Marx, possibly a perp, in which case watch your back, amigo, who said ‘The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people,’ something Bernie brought up at a party the other day but no one listened; but forget all that, and anyway it might be in Thereby Hangs A Tail. The point is if I had to be human, no offense, I’d want to be a college student. Frisbees! Beer! Sleeping in till all hours! Calling home for more money! Hooking up! (Whatever that may be.) College kids are ready for fun 24/7. Me too!

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Mascots

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November 22nd, 2009 Posted 9:38 am

Kentucky 34 – Georgia 27. Oh, well.

But now we’re back to the subject of mascots. Thanks to Debbie LM for pointing out that the Hoyas of Georgetown also have a bulldog mascot, name of Jack. (“And what does Hoya mean?” Bernie wants to know.) So – can anyone think of more dog mascots in college sports? Please write in!

Sunday – Elvis gospel on XM/Sirius. We’ve got it on in the Porsche (an old and beat up Porsche, in case anyone’s forgotten) and we’re headed for Donut Heaven. Bernie says Elvis would have loved Donut Heaven. Also he says that Elvis had lots of dogs, such as Brutus (great Dane), Foxhugh (terrier), and Sherlock (basset hound). Foxhugh – what a name! So is Elvis, come to think of it.

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