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Apr 4, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 28 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Ferguson goes on campus tours conducted by backward-walking students armed with Harry Potter references—the dining hall looks like Hogwarts, there are Quidditch matches, a sociology seminar explores “Voldemort and Differentiation in Imperialist Identities.” [A college admissions counselor] says that in his son’s interview at a college he must “talk about his innermost thoughts,” Ferguson shudders at this “compulsive self-exposure”:

He’s a seventeen-year-old boy! I wanted to tell her: Seventeen-year-old boys do not have innermost thoughts—and if they did, neither you nor I would want to know what they are.”

“Ferguson’s whimsy is finite,” says Will. The book is also “serious—and seriously informative.” The Scrapbook wholeheartedly concurs. ♦


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