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Watching NYU and Columbia, among others, fill up with students in New York City in the fall, it’s hard not to think of the psychosexual mayhem soon to come, and the literary novels it may produce.

 

All those overachieving, overindulged gorgeous youngsters, living together under pressure … what else would one expect?

 

Which got me thinking: Every decade seems to have its signature sex-and-drugs-and-college literary novel, a great big juicy combo of the zeitgeist, pharmaceutical du jour, and angst- or anomie-ridden bright young things. I have my favorites; what are yours?

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