Crazy Ferguson

by John J. Miller on March 1, 2011

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Andy Ferguson is familiar to Lincoln buffs–he’s the author of the very entertaining Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America. It’s a chronicle of how Abe is remembered in the 21st century. As with everything Andy writes, it’s often hilarious.

So is his new book, Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, which is the subject of this week’s podcast.

Here’s one of my favorite passages, from early in the book:

The reach and variety of American higher education, even including the schools we could almost afford, seemed suddenly limitless. There was something for every taste. It was like picking out a mattress at a discount warehouse, without the discount.

“I can tell you what kind of school I’d really like,” my son told the college counselor, with an air of finality. “I want to go to a place where I can go to a football game, take off my shirt, paint my chest, and major in beer.”

If the boy writes as well as he quips, he may follow in his father’s footsteps. In the meantime, check out Andy’s spiffy new website.

Next week’s podcast: Dambisa Moyo.

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