College in a Nutskull: A Crashed Course in Higher Education

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Anders Henriksson
Workman Publishing, 2010 - Education - 135 pages
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He's back. Anders Henriksson, author of The New York Times bestseller Non Campus Mentis (retitled Ignorance Is Blitz), returns with even funnier, nuttier, more outrageous material culled from the actual exam books of real college students. And it's a hoot that covers all subjects of the core curriculum, including: American History: "The Underground Railroad was built as the nation's first public transit system." Art: "Cubism is art from Cuba." Religion: "Moses led his Islams out of Egypt. Bananas from heaven arrived to feed the hungry people. These events are described in the Book of Zeus." Philosophy: "Plato did his thinking in the Cave of Al Gore." Economics: "The theory of surplus value is Marx's idea that you always shop with coupons." Music: "Bach's sacred choral music includes the B Minor Mess. . . . All one million of his famed works can be found in his BMW. He had over one hundred children and was, of course, very famous for his work with his organ. Two of his successful sons were Jesus Christ Bach and Bacherini." Literature: "Jay Gatsby moved to East Egg because it would be a good place to raise his chickens." And Psychology--or is it Theater Arts: "Most people are either straight, gay, or thespian."

Published in the irresistible form of a spiral notebook, a pure parody of a course-by-course study guide (complete with doodles), College in a Nutskull is stuff that just cannot be made up--bloopers and blunders and desperate attempts to bluff the right answer, woven together to give a hilarious, unintentionally brilliant report on the state of American higher education. A comedy, that is, for anyone not paying tuition.


  

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Contents

Bananas from Heaven
1
The Rule of Thump
9
Neutering Mothers
17
With a Song in Our Hair
25
Pigment of the Imagination
33
Seminole Works
41
Rope Learning
51
The Bluebonnet Plague
57
Dude Process
89
A Night at the Revolution
97
Upherd Mobility
103
Grosser National Products
109
Out There Somewhere
115
Critical Mess
121
Random Notes
127
Acknowledgments
133

Prancing on Thin Ice
65
Business Unusual
71
The Beer Hall Pooch
83
About the Author
134
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About the author (2010)

Anders Henriksson is a professor of history at Shepherd College in West Virginia. His pieces on college student bloopers have been published in Harper's Magazine and the Wilson Quarterly, and he is a repeat guest on National Public Radio. He lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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