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Book: Riots Of Passage by Jason McGathey

Book: Riots Of Passage by Jason McGathey

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Author Jason McGatheyabout this book: “We have spent this entire summer living on chipped ham and No-Doz…”

So begins the latest installment in Jason McGathey’s reportage on life at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This is a nonfiction work, though told in narrative form, examining the lives of these occupants in minute detail. Though often outrageous, and frequently hilarious, this is essentially a serious case study, and these experiences largely universal.

This book should be of interest to fans of modern history, college life, or for that matter anyone just looking for a fast paced yet well written tale with plenty of laughs. It’s been a labor of love for me, as the first draft was completed in 1998, the second in 2003, and then finally, following an extended mothballing, a third draft begun in 2017 followed by the two year process of editing and polishing which concluded at last with the end product before you. Some of these sentences are twenty years old, while others, I can tell you, I was still tinkering with up until the eve of publication last week.

As a journalism project combining my extensive notes, from having lived on this scene, coupled with a slew of research. I believe Riots Of Passage adequately captures the intricacies of life on a major college campus, in one of the country’s largest cities. Though many of these decisions were not easy ones, the choices I made in what to include, the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs represented, combine to capture accurate snapshots of this time and place in our collective history.

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