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January 19 , 2009

The Undergraduates: an aftermath of love


We aren’t simply someone’s wife, son, employee, boyfriend for a night to a girl in Montreal met tossing paper airplanes from a hotel balcony. In our life we “stumble like drunkards over the sprawling canvas of our self-conception.” Our communications are text messages saying “I want you;” “I’ll let you know.;” “He’s gone, come over!” We interpret and reinterpret our life as we reflect on our past – by choosing and being forced to choose who we are now, that’s what we became, what we’ll become. We’re cobbled together by experiences and truths and lies and hopes and what we didn’t do – who we swam naked with in the Mediterranean Sea, who broke our heart, who we let go.

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The Undergraduates will appeal to readers of Henry Miller, James Frey, Brett Easton Ellis and movie goers of Blue Valentine, Garden State and 500 Days of Summer. Exploring the ennui of a generation reared on a culture of promiscuity, selfishness and moral relativity, The Undergraduates gets under the covers of (with) generation "me," as Christopher Lasch might have said in 1979.

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