I love this. It’s one of the funniest and best-written things I’ve read in a while. I spent the whole time reading it wanting to print it out so I could highlight all my favourite turns-of-phrases.
But there’s also a lot going on in it: As soon as I started reading, suddenly all that stupid obnoxious annoying stuff about college came flooding back. Then you get to the section where the college students start falling from the sky. There’s history, there are the evil-doings of the Baby Boomers, there’s the hypocrisy of modern liberal college campuses; something for everyone on your list!
And, btw, I’d never even heard of a “sleeping porch”. (I also thought Wesleyan was an all-girls school.)
Also: The photographs are inspired.
The Atlantic – The Dark Power of Fraternities
A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame. By Caitlin Flanagan
(I won’t quote any of it but in the couple of days it took me to finish reading it, the passages beginning “The entire multibillion-dollar, 2,000-campus American college system” and the one beginning “Moreover, fraternities tie alumni to their colleges in a powerful and lucrative way”, neither of which sentence gets to the hearts of those paragraphs but they’re the paragraphs that really stood out over time.)
(Oh, and bit after the line “I’ll assume you are sitting down.”)