Watch Sunday, April 17, 2011, on C-SPAN at 8pm/11pm ET
Info: Our guest is Andrew Ferguson, senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Mr. Ferguson discusses his new book, 'Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College.' The book humorously follows him through the process of getting his son accepted into college. It includes taking the SATs, the application process, visiting colleges, applying for financial assistance, etc. Prior to his position at the Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson wrote for Time magazine and Washingtonian magazine. He has written columns for Fortune, Forbes FYI, National Review, Commentary, and TV Guide. During a portion of the George H.W. Bush administration, he was a White House speechwriter.
If the purpose of art is to elicit an emotional response, then this is a book of intense artistry. The reaction from most Canadian parents who read it will be intense, hand-raising, thank-you-God relief they don’t have to participate in the madness that is the U.S. college application process.
Crazy U combines U.S. writer Andrew Ferguson’s first-person account of helping his son get into college with a behind-the-scenes investigation into the American university industry. It is a world of competition, conflict and confusions that can apparently only be solved by generous applications of cash....
Regardless of cross-border differences, however, Ferguson is a witty writer worth reading for his talent alone. Describing the university brochures sent to his son, he says they “were printed on paper so thick and voluptuous they might have been mistaken for the leaves of a rubber plant—you didn’t know whether to read them or slurp them like a giraffe.” There’s plenty to slurp here.
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