Guys Just Want to Have Fun
...When I was in college, I followed a simple strategy: Go where the boys are….Men ruled the world, as anyone could see, so the trick was to do as they did….Today, it's the girls who achieve and the boys who coast along on gut courses congenial to hangovers….If I tried to follow my original strategy now, I would probably end up with an M.A. in Madden, the football video game, and a postgraduate stay in rehab....
American journalist, essayist, and novelist. Born in Butte, Montana, the daughter of a copper miner, Ehrenreich studied physics at Reed College and cellular biology at Rockefeller University, where she earned a Ph.D. Opting for a life of social activism rather than science, she campaigned against the war in Vietnam and became a committed socialist, union organizer, and journalist. In addition to many articles, she has published a novel, Kipper's Game (1993), and many works of nonfiction, including The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1990), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), and most recently, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (2009). In 1998 the American Humanist Association named Ehrenreich the Humanist of the Year. See also barbaraehrenreich.com.