town vs. gown
A handful of Princeton, New Jersey, residents filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the school’s income from royalties and commercial ventures makes it ineligible for its tax exempt status and that the university should pay its fair share.
“Under the law in New Jersey, if a nonprofit gives out profits, it is not entitled Read More
The family of Antonio Calvo, the Princeton professor whose April 12 suicide was preceded by a controversial suspension, has issued a statement about the university’s silence surrounding the circumstances of Dr. Calvo’s departure from Princeton. The statement further undermines university president Shirley Tilghman’s stance that no details about his situation can be disclosed, Read More
The people of Princeton University tend to communicate in a shared code. “The Dinky” means the train. “Wawa” means the store. “The Street” is the metonym for the eating clubs that line Prospect Avenue, the mansion-lined thoroughfare that bisects the campus. Discussion sections are better known as “precepts.” And when the university suspends a popular Read More
Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever
by Walter Kirn
Doubleday, 211 pages, $24.95
If you were out to assemble the Platonic ideal, the parodic prototype, of the Great American bildungsroman—wherein a middle-class, top-of-his-class lad from the Middle West is saved, then savaged by the North Atlantic and, specifically, the Ivy League—how might Read More
Today marks the 261st commencement ceremony at Princeton University. Yesterday marked the day the esteemed Ivy gave an award to Stephen Colbert.
The Associated Press reports that Mr. Colbert was presented with “The Great Princeton Class of 2008 Understandable Vanity Award,” which was mounted on a mirror, during the university’s annual Read More
THE RUNNER: A TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE AMAZING ADVENTURES AND FANTASTICAL LIES OF THE IVY LEAGUE IMPOSTER JAMES HOGUE
By David Samuels
The New Press, 176 pages, $22.95
ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART
By David Samuels
The New Press, 370 pages, $26.95
“The fact,” writes David Read More
Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Esthetic Surgery , by Sander L. Gilman. Princeton University Press, 396 pages, $29.95.
The difference between reconstructive and cosmetic surgery is as plain as the nose on your face.
Unless, of course, you don’t like your nose.
Or your chin. Or your eyes, ears, breasts Read More