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What did you like best about Sex and God at Yale? What did you like least?
I wanted to like this book; I really did. It made me think, I liked the narration, and found some of the anecdotes entertaining, but I felt as if this book serves as a delayed “screw you” to the Yale administrators for denying him acceptance to the school twice before admitting him. I found the non-linear way in which the book was read (written) to be somewhat confusing at times, almost unorganized. I also found his tone to be somewhat glib. Yes, the juxtaposition of intelligent, ambitious young minds and the lewd distributors and stars of pornography is interesting, but certainly nothing novel or earth-shattering. And sexual exploration and confusion is not unique to the co-eds of Yale University. Many of his thoughts on the hookup culture and its fine line with feminism and the sexual revolution are thought-provoking; I only wish that they had been developed and better-researched. Again, though, I posit this internal struggle that women undergo throughout life is not Yale (or youth) specific. I think Harden’s book would have been more meaningful had he not focused on Sex Week, or if he had suggestions on how to stage a return to feminism of yore. To be blunt, a few days is not a true and powerful sampling of an entire undergraduate experience. If the naked “professors,” sex instructions, or porn star discussion panels offended him, he could have left the “lecture” or the school. So, it seems that while Harden balks at Yale’s accepting funds from sex toy conglomerates, he similarly has no problem accepting Yale’s subsidizing his studying in Italy, or accepting the brand-name diploma he irreverently displays in his $15 Walmart frame. It seems he can bought, too.
Have you listened to any of Scott Aiello’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I thought the narrator was fine and has a very pleasant voice, but the women had the same timid and shy voice, which may have been intentional. I’m also not sure why he gave Nick Carraway a British accent, when he is from Minnesota. Audible should also note that the introduction names Jack Hume (sp?) as the narrator, whereas elsewhere audible indicates the narrator as Scott Aiello. Not sure if you want to correct this.