Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost by Richard Rushfield
A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the '80s

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Richard Rushfield takes us on an unforgettable and hilarious trip through higher alternative education in the eighties.

Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost is a strange and salacious memoir about life at the ultimate New England hippie college at the height of Reaganomics. Opening its doors in 1970, Hampshire College was an experiment in progressive education that went hilariously awry. Self- proclaimed nerd Richard Rushfield enrolled with the freshman class of 1986, hoping to shed his wholesome California upbringing in this liberal hideout, where overachievement and preppy clothes were banned.

By turns hilarious, ironic, and steeped in history, Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost takes readers to a campus populated by Deadheads, club kids, poets, and insomniac filmmakers, at a time when America saw the rise of punk and grunge alongside neoconservatism, earnest calls for political correctness, and Take Back the Night vigils. Imagine Lord of the Flies set on a college campus and you have Richard Rushfield's alma mater experience.


About Richard Rushfield

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Journalist Richard Rushfield is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood. His writing has also appeared in many other publications, including The New York Times, Variety, and LA Weekly.
Published September 24, 2009 by Gotham. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Rushfield references Bret Easton Ellis’s 1985 novel Less Than Zero early on, and this memoir shares that novel’s tendency toward static scenes and vapid, aimless dialogue.

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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 (, wanders through a land of optional majors and obligatory drug use that's only ...

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vignettes in which the deluded (sometimes charmingly deluded, sometimes terrifyingly) came face to face with their unforgiving destiny, an unforgiving grim faced ogre who dispatched them back to oblivion with the least forgiving of .

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