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Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn
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Dec 18, 2009

Read in December, 2009

Peculiar book. Kirn's story of his years in the American education system from grade school and college in Minnesota to University at Princeton. He learned how to succeed by faking knowledge. Much of the time he comes across as a jerk too lazy to make an effort. Who is to say if his 'cerebral collapse' at Princeton was anything more than too many drugs and too little solid food. Even the celebrated wit is a bit of a stretch. I got a few laughs early on but quickly fell into deep puzzlement at what the point of this book was supposed to be. For all that, I read it in a day.

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