September 30, 2005

Thumbs Up

Just finished Privilege, a very pleasing read. Modern fiction is often either cloying or boring or offensive, and academic/semi-scholarly books, though more dependable, quickly satiate. But this sort of book is a nice blend of the lyrical and the thought-provoking.

When I first heard of it, I figured it would be another Persecuted-Conservative-on-Liberal-Campus story, the kind of literature inaugurated by Dinesh D'Sousa. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not, having already had a surfeit of that. Part memoir, part critique of our lame education system, part rhapsody of youth, this book entertained as it educated.

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