The Zipless Speech
Erica Jong, who became briefly famous during the era of the Nixon Administration for writing a book about zipless sex, delivered a graduation speech
at the College of Staten Island that apparently lacked zip as well.A little less than halfway through her speech, some graduates began tossing around an inflatable beach volleyball. Some even got up from their chairs, just yards from her podium, to go chat with friends and family who were seated behind them.Dorothy, a 48-year-old mother of a CSI graduate, categorized Ms. Jong's speech as "all-around bashing.
"It was disgusting, despicable," said the Fort Wadsworth woman, who would not give her surname. "She called politicians liars, called us all liars. She trashed America. Mostly, she just wanted to talk. It was personal spewing. There was nothing about graduation."
Jong is one of the "celebrity" bloggers over at the HuffPo
. No mention of the story over there; we'll see if it pops onto Airiheadda's radar screen.
Meanwhile, for local reaction, let's go over to our Staten Island correspondent, The Leather Penguin
(strong language but funny).Could they really not find someone, anyone, who was in the slightest way relevant to those graduates’ lives (as opposed to the college’s majordomos, who probably consider Jong an “important” author, because her book titillated them when they were students)....
I talked about this all last year over at the Kerry Haters
blog. For boomer liberals, the song goes:"Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1969!"