Hail to Thee, Okoboji U!: A Humor Anthology on Higher Education
Mark C. Ebersole
Fordham University Press, 1992 - Humor - 322 pages
HAIL TO THEE, OKOBOJI U! is a collection of articles, stories, poems, and drawings that pokes fun at the revered institution of higher education. Nothing is sacrosanct; everything is fair game: admissions procedures, intercollegiate sports, student affairs, professors, the curriculum - English, music, art, history, philosophy, science - college and university presidents, commencements, alumni affairs, and fund raising.
The anthology includes some of America's most distinguished writers and artists: Woody Allen, Russell Baker, Roy Blount, Jr., Robert Benchley, Jules Feiffer, Fran Lebowitz, Henry Martin, Don Marquis, Mary McCarthy, Ogden Nash, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber, Garry Trudeau, Mark Twain, Peter DeVries, and E. B. White.
Contributors also include Richard Armour, Jeremy Bernstein, Max Eastman, John Kenneth Galbraith, Randall Jarrell, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel F. Pickering, Jr., John Crowe Ransom, Leo Rosten, Delmore Schwartz, Calvin Trillin, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Though higher education is universally renowned for fostering prodigious learning and wondrous knowledge, HAIL TO THEE, OKOBOJI U! reminds us that this eminent intellectual institution is caught in the meshes of the nonsensical and the ludicrous - the querulousness of faculty meetings, the posturing of college presidents, the banality of commencement speeches, the inanity of arcane scholarship, etc., etc., - and that, therefore, the institution's important personages best not take themselves too seriously.
HAIL TO THEE, OKOBOJI U! takes a light-hearted look at the groves of academe and will appeal to administrators and faculty members, graduates and students, and all of us who wonder what really goes on in the ivory towers.
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