Showing posts with label Andrew Solomon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Andrew Solomon. Show all posts

Monday, August 23, 2010

THE SURVIVOR'S-GUILT GUIDE TO COLLEGE: My column for Inside Catholic.
It's that time of year again: Sultry heat punctuated by thunderstorms, back-to-school charity drives at church . . . and the publication of endless "college survival guides" for incoming freshmen.

At first glance, this clich├ęd phrase might seem a bit overstated. College isn't exactly the ascent of Everest, is it? And advice like, "Don't sleep through your classes" and, "Pack a selection of warm- and cold-weather clothes" does not really seem to warrant the drama of the word "survival."

But I've been on a year-long kick of reading college novels, both novels about professors and novels about students. And in among the themes I expected to find -- the attempted creation and inevitable defeat of a tolerant, liberal utopia, for example; or the humiliation of reason by forces ranging from sex (Philip Roth's hysterical short novel The Breast) to ancient religion (Donna Tartt's sublime, lurid Secret History) -- one entirely unexpected theme emerged.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"THE AMERICANIZATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS." Terrific piece. If you want more on some of these subjects, check out Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.