September 13, 2016 – vanityfair.com
Loner Author Teddy Wayne on Tackling the Campus Novel and Male Privilege
The author discusses the dark social forces that influenced his latest book.
BY MIKE SACKS
“Vanity Fair contributor and New York Times columnist Teddy Wayne has a new campus novel, Loner (Simon & Schuster), out today, just in time for back-to-school season. Wayne’s third book follows David Federman, an alienated Harvard freshman who soon becomes infatuated with Veronica, a glamorous, sophisticated Manhattanite in his dorm.
What begins as a wry coming-of-age story soon spirals into a dark, disturbing portrait of obsession and an examination of class and gender politics.”
Posted in campus novel, college novel, Themes
Tagged Chad Harbach, Donna Tartt, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Holden Caulfield, I am Charlotte Simmons, Jeffrey Eugenides, Loner, Nick Carraway, Richard Russo, Straight Man, T. Geronimo Johnson, Teddy Wayne, The Art of Fielding, The Marriage Plot, The Secret History, This Side of Paradise, Tom Wolfe, Welcome To Braggsville
“Even when you have finished your schooling, it’s hard to forget the gut-churning excitement, the strange objectless yearnings, that accompany the beginning of the academic year. This is as true, I think, for kindergartners as it is for those completing their final year of college (graduate school, by all reports, is another, far more hellish story). But it is perhaps most intense during our undergraduate days. This mingled ease and pain attains to a special plangency in America, where the past, perhaps because we have so little of it, becomes mythic almost immediately, which I proffer as a reason for the preponderance of American books among those mentioned below. Or you can blame my deep-seated jingoistic urges […] here are eight of the very best books providing the drug of nostalgia we all crave, now that we’re sliding down—as Tom Lehrer once sang—the razor blade of life.”
8/13/2012 – The Daily Beast
Must-Read College Novels: From “Lucky Jim” to “Pnin” by Sam Munson
“Indulging in some late-August back-to-school nostalgia, the Daily Beast put together a list of “Must-Read College Novels” ranging from Kingsley Amis’Lucky Jim to John Williams’ Stoner. As a fan of college, books, and college books, I thought I’d work up a supplementary list: the principal ingredients that no college novel can do without.”
8/27/2012, The Airship
Back to School: A List of Essentials for the College Novel by Kayla Blatchley
Posted in campus novel, college novel, Lists, Rankings, Themes
Tagged Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, John Williams, Kingsley Amis, Less Than Zero, Lucky Jim, Martin Amis, Mary McCarthy, Michael Chabon, Nathan Harden, Neal Stephenson, Penelope Fitzgerald, Pnin, Richard Russo, Sex and God at Yale, Stoner, Straight Man, The Big U, The Gate of Angels, The Groves of Academe, The Rachel Papers, The Secret History, Vladimir Nabokov, Wonder Boys