October Harper’s

They boned up on their Hamiltonian history, told their friends and family, got dressed up. They each paid the sum of ten dollars—a Hamilton—since their benefactors called for this rudimentary investment [“skin in the game”—EV]. When they arrived at the theater, they stood in line and received their tickets. Then the scalpers descended, offering the students hundreds of dollars apiece. “I could see them looking at the scalpers and looking at me,” the teacher recalls. “What was I supposed to say? I just said that if you're going to sell your ticket, then you're not going to be able to discuss the show.” None of the students sold their tickets. Touched by their idealism and disturbed by this curbside reminder of the relationship between speculation and economic inequality, the teacher led the group into the theater. “The play's about how anybody can make it,” he says. “But it's not true.” —Robert Sullivan, “The Hamilton Cult”
“The typical 1970s woman is a woman who’s wondering what she’s actually going to be able to do with the freedom that everyone keeps telling her about; a woman who wonders what new lie she’ll have to make up now, how she’s going to pretend to be cool, so that all these men will finally leave her the hell alone.”—Nathalie Léger, Suite for Barbara Loden, quoted in Christine Smallwood’s New Books column
De Quincey never renounced his incorrigibility. (WIth less than a year to live, he can still be found writing to his editor, “Did you say, or is it a dream, that I could have till the 22nd.”) Both his style and his lifestyle became glorious refusals to come to the point. In an essay on rhetoric, from 1828, he reserves his highest praise for "half meditative, half capricious” writing that doesn't quite know what it's up to. Elsewhere he says to the reader: If you insist on my telling you what is the moral of the Iliad, I insist upon your telling me what is the moral of a rattlesnake, or the moral of a Niagara. I suppose th emoral is—that you must get out of their way, if you mean to moralise much longer. —Matthew Bevis, “Supping on Horrors,” Reviews
Percentage change since 1996 [I graduated in ’95] in the price of U.S. higher education: +197 —Harper’s Index