I Am Charlotte Simmons
by Tom Wolfe, a review from The Atlantic Monthly by Mark Bowden.
"In one of many deft set pieces in Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, a group of student journalists at the fictional Dupont University hold a meeting in the 'lumpen-bohemian clutter' of their campus newsroom. The editor wants a firm story list for the next issue's fast-approaching deadline, but the discussion bogs down over an item that might just be important breaking news ? they're not sure. It seems that the campus custodial staff cleaned from the quad sidewalks crude chalk depictions of homosexual acts. Camille Deng, a feisty arch-feminist and civil libertarian, is outraged by such heedless destruction of gay art. 'Do you think it's just a coincidence that Parents Weekend is coming up?' she argues." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.