The city that symbolizes the middle of America, its Gateway Arch a stepping off point to the west, St. Louis appropriately took the middle ground for nearly all our parameters and was among the bottom 40 percent for nonfiction book sales.If only someone here had had the presence of mind of the used bookstore-owner in number 50 Harrisburg, who claimed that his city's poor book-buying habits were proof of its thrifty culture!
Washington U? Really? Yes, that's where the "Plus" comes in (but only if you attended medical school there).Not that it matters so much, since The Ivy Plus Society only hosts parties in large coastal cities, some of which (namely number 27 LA) are way dumber than we are.
Michal Albanese, a sales executive for a fashion trade show who graduated from Brown in 1999, confirmed that the list did breed insecurity in some at the group's last party. A couple of guests were called out for not having gone to Ivy Plus universities, she said, and one gentleman began rattling off his other accomplishments.Well, hey, at least it was Illinois, not Mizzou. Thank you, New York Times, for small mercies.
"The guy went to, like, Illinois," she said, trying to recall the college.
"I don't remember," she added. "But his friend kept saying, 'You're not even a plus.'"
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