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http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/19/college.anti.hookup.culture/index.html?hpt=C2My nephew, John, sent me the above link to a CNN article about the culture of "hook ups" on the Vanderbilt (and most any) college campus.Briefly, it describes the pervasive (estimated 75%+) experience of college students getting drunk and hooking up with strangers on most...

Recently, I read a fascinating article from the December 12th issue of The Economist entitled Lessons from "The Leopard" (http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15065405).The article explained the concept of "genteel decline" from the book The Leopard. This is a fictional novel that tells the story of a rich...