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Stories for January 2, 2010

Walter Kirn Reflects On His Ivy League Education In New Memoir

Jan. 2
By Emily Robichaud
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Walter Kirn's novel "Up in the Air" may have received the full Clooney treatment, but it was his coming-of-age memoir, "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever," that captivated Culture Lust contributor Emily Robichaud. It's a self-deprecating small-town-kid-goes-to-Princeton account of elitism, debauchery, and—yes—finding oneself.