Life: oddball university edition

“It’s a rite that must have arisen in the old days of the college, when Princeton was a men’s institution and mass nudity was an expression of the male prerogative, like pissing upright or waging war.”

—Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, The Rule of Four

(It’s amazing how sometimes otherwise indifferent books can hit a real zinger of a sentence; these authors do it about once a chapter. Another example: “Somehow these rituals were then transmitted intact down to the present, profiting from that immunity to time and fortune which the university, like an ancient tar pit, confers on everything that lumbers unwittingly into it and dies.”)

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