Our interview today is with Lawrence Wittner, the author of What’s Going On at UAardvark? (humor, 4.5 stars, 26 reviews). This fast-paced political satire portrays an increasingly corporatized, modern American university that becomes the site of a rambunctious rebellion that turns the nation’s campus life upside down. Along the way, there are hilarious encounters with a playboy university president, bizarre U.S. military commanders, poetry-writing Hells Angels, foul-mouthed, decadent students, an unusually avaricious corporate titan, gun-toting “Christian Patriots,” a schizophrenic FBI director, hypocritical politicians, a witch-like union leader, and a host of other zany characters. All in all, What’s Going On at UAardvark? sets readers off on a laugh-filled romp through what has become a serious issue in contemporary America: the corporate takeover of higher education.
AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH LAWRENCE WITTNER
Lawrence Wittner takes on an important subject with his satirical novel, What’s Going On at UAardvark? Lauded by reviewers as a “funny and irreverent critique” of higher education, the book is available in print and as an e-book through Amazon and other retailers.
When did you start writing, and why?
I began writing stories at the age of five. Probably because my mother was sick at the time, my father took me to his office in Manhattan one day and placed me with the women in the “secretarial pool.” Although they were very nice to me, they had better things to do with their time than take care of a child. And so, learning that I knew my letters and even how to read, they set me up at a typewriter and suggested that I write a story. That sounded like a good idea to me. As a result, I spent the day laboriously searching out the proper keys and — very, very slowly — typing up my first work of fiction: a story of about two paragraphs. In the following years, I borrowed a great many novels from the public library, eagerly devoured them, and made plans to become a novelist.
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