From Publishers Weekly
Following his student career at America's last great hippie school, Hampshire College, in the waning days of the 1980s, author Rushfield (On Spec), west coast editor of online media gossip magazine Gawker (gawker.com), wanders through a land of optional majors and obligatory drug use that's only fitfully engaging. None of Rushfield's characters come off as particularly likeable: not the humorless administrators, the painfully politically-correct students, or the rebellious, pot-addled group of friends ("the Supreme Dicks") with whom Rushfield runs. Even Rushfield himself annoys, making decisions, like the one to skip most classes his first semester, without much explanation or self-examination. Rushfield makes the autobiographer's mistake of being too easy on himself and too rushed with his narrative, leaving readers with questions like why, exactly, he was so ostracized from Hampshire society. Though Rushfield hits some perfect notes in the details of college life-stepping into his first dorm, "the soon to be familiar smell of moss, stale beer, and laundry detergent introduced itself"-those without a connection to Hampshire probably won't find this memoir of much interest.
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"Had Dorothy Parker been a teenage boy in the Eighties, she'd have been Richard Rushfield, whose bon mots fly from a roundtable set in dank stairwell parties around kegs of flat beer." -Stacey Grenrock Woods, author of I, California
"Richard Rushfield has provided a worm's eye view of one of America's kookiest education experiments: Hampshire College. It was here that the idealism of the Sixties curdled into the nihilism of the Eighties. And Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost
isn't merely about a troubled liberal arts school, but an entire generation's nervous breakdown. It is by turns rueful, angry, touching and, above all, very, very funny." - Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
"Richard Rushfield was a dick in college, just ask him. DFMIL is a hilarious recanting of a unique, and often absurd higher education experience. Rushfield is a completely lovable ne'er-do-well bumbling through a do it yourself education. Required reading for anyone who went to college, lives near a college or owns a hacky sack.." --Greg Behrendt, Comedian, Sex and the City writer and author of He's Just Not That Into You
Richard Rushfield has written a smart, funny, fish-out-of-water love letter to the 80's. Vivid settings plus memorable characters and wry humor equals one totally awesome memoir. -Moon Zappa
"I can't imagine a more unique or uproarious depiction of the post- Reagan, pre-grunge era." - Anna David, author of Bought, host of "Attack of the Show!"
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