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Vol. 109, No. 16

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Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever

By Walter Kirn '83
Published in the July15, 2009, issue


(Doubleday)

In his memoir, Kirn explores his journey through academia from a small town in rural Minnesota to his troubled time at Princeton, where he felt like an outcast and suffered a breakdown in his junior year. He writes that he learned at a young age that school was not so much about learning as it was about pleasing teachers and accumulating points. Kirn is a novelist and critic.


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