Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College

Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College


  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the '80s
  • Richard Rushfield
  • English
  • 15 August 2016
  • 9781592404537

10 thoughts on “Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the '80s

  1. karen karen says:

    i am a moron when i first signed up to win this from goodreadscom i thought yay it will have stories of donna tartt and tales about what a douche bret easton ellis iswas because my mind euated the entire state of new hampshire including bennington with hampshire college and i am a new england girl i even knew people performance artists naturally who went to hampshire so once my brain righted itself i settled in to enjoy the book anyway hampshire is an admirable concept college that unfortunately few teens are euipped to take advantage of i think i would love it now except for the hippie have a cause save the world side of itbut as a kid that kind of freedom i dont think i would have ended up like the author cloistered in a foul smelling cockroach infested living area with thirty other lethargic philosophy spouting people despised by the rest of the campus never going to class and committing acts of social terrorism but i might have been less inclined to go to class if i didnt really have to this book really captured the time period well and i enjoyed laughing at the author who is now of course a successful writer while i for all my traditional going to class college life am not sigh if the publisher is at all interested in Typos I Have Found in the ARC lemme know second attempt at review first inexplicably erased fingers crossed


  2. bettyx1138 bettyx1138 says:

    I was around for much of what went on in this entertaining and endearing book Meg Before reading it I read in the promo blurb that the Hampshire student body hated the Dicks and friends I was like really? Its possible No wait I think I knew that at the time Did I? No that can't be true I was scared to read it paranoid that Rich would write something embarrassing about me Hampshire was comprised mostly of smart dynamic diligent students whose brains and accomplishments are absolutely respectful The Hampshire administration can tell you about them Richard did well in his final 2 years there but that would not an amusing tale make and that's not what this book is about Its about his first two years spent creative floundering discovering what you are passionate about And the socializing one experiences at college usually the first time an 18 year old lives independent of parents But first the non accurate IMHO Richard mentions a rumor that the Dicks cheered on the kid who drank cyanide laced cool aid as part of a performance on a campus TV broadcast I never heard that rumor I was not inside the TV studio but I do not believe anyone cheered him on The Dicks were were dicks but not that dickish I don't think Steve took 10 years to graduate Re the graffiti sign incident the language on the sign that he uotes I believe is somewhat inaccurate From what I heard the grafitti was even funnier than what he writes If the school had showed the sign to anyone it would have been 100% obvious that it was a sarcastic PARODY of political incorrectness Think Daily Show or Bill Maher mocking PC'ness The school never told the student body what the graffiti said Oh and he left out a funny tidbit that when one of the students who was forced to write a public apology submitted it to the administration they made this person edit out the phrase black cloud as in the incident cast a black cloud over the campus The administration thought this sounded racist OK now the accurate Yeah I'd say its an accurate depiction of mod 21 life Weirder and crazier shit was also going on at the time that is not in this book and I suppose was not a part of RR's intimate experience there But Richard could have exploited some other fucked up antics and behavior but did not Thank you RR I thought the Dicks were brilliant at the time Well their and my films were brilliant Conceptually so was their music Emphasis on conceptually Think John Cage as an arty post punk 20 year old in the 80s I thought everyone in the Pioneer Valley saw our nocturnal clan as The Artists and Philosophers of the school if not the world I thought people respected us for what they were incapable of doing You know Why be conventional and boring when you could be avant garde? Hmm? Yeah I actually thought this shit I was young and naive I was mean at times to people who were Normal I remember now and I feel just terrible about it What was I thinking? Oh I remember now I was angry due to a fucked up childhood in sheltered middle America Where American punk and thrash came from? I think myour generation was notoriously unprepared for the real world I'm OK now don't worry Our pre baby boomer parents were unenlightened to things like expression of emotions and doing what makes you happy They were still running on some kind of 1950's way of seeing the world It sucks to be raised by that I think the generations before and after us got better deals the baby boomers were happy saving the world and growing their personal wealth and their offspring had the benefit of communicative involved parenting In this respect the book can be seen as socio anthropological examination of the marginalized Generation X I could be wrong I was no American Studies major Which reminds me that most HC graduates seem to go on to grad school The consensus is that grad school is loads easier than Hampshire too btw Also this book takes place in the days just b4 everyone ate Prozac like candy I wonder how the recent prevalence of ADD meds and antidepressants has changed the student culture landscape in the years after I was a student I wonder if they are bunch of well behaved good student zombies How boring that would be OK I have to go to the gym now Good lord I am such a normal bourgeoisie pig now Whatever Read the book its a hoot


  3. Andrea Andrea says:

    I was interested in this book because I went to Smith during the same years the author was at Hampshire Smith and Hampshire were part of a five college network of schools in the areaThe book was entertaining—his college experience was way different than mine but we had a college radio show in common and I could follow the story better because I had some of the same reference points It’s a little weird that the book only covers his first two out of five total years at Hampshire


  4. Mark Feltskog Mark Feltskog says:

    Rarely do I fail to finish a book However I must say that this book is one for which I was happy to make an exception The narrative which is in fact essentially fiction conforms to Dorothy Parker's dictum and I paraphrase This is not a book to be set aside lightly; it should be thrown with great force When I was a student at Hampshire I avoided people like Richard Rushfield just as I avoid them nowAnd by the way Hampshire is what you make of it If you are immature there is a good possibility you will make nothing of it or worse become a malignant force like Mr Rushfield and his pals


  5. Lennie Lennie says:

    In 1986 Richard Rushfield left his hometown of Los Angeles and traveled to Massachusetts so that he could begin his freshman year at Hampshire a liberal arts college At first he felt lost being thousands of miles away from home but then he slowly began to adapt to this New England campus and eventually he started to hang out with a group of students who had a reputation for being misfits Young away at college and on their own for the first time Richard and his friends skipped class got drunk smoked pot snorted cocaine and partied late into the night Eventually their destructive behavior caught up with them and they were either placed on probation or were being threatened with expulsion Despite all the trouble he got into or the spectacular adventures he had his words Richard Rushfield considers the time he spent at Hampshire College the most memorable years of his lifeI enjoy reading memoirs especially from authors who are close in age to me and are from my generation because it’s always fun for me when that author mentions a song or band in their book that I grew up listening to and when that happens I get to enjoy traveling down memory lane and reminisce about that time of my life Unfortunately in this memoir that occurred only occasionally; the majority of this book was about the different shenanigans Richard Rushfield and his friends pulled and it got to the point where I felt like they were scenes out of the film Animal House Richard and his friends come across as childish and immature and after a while I was bored with this book and couldn’t wait to finish it


  6. Elyssa Elyssa says:

    I chose to read this book because I considered applying to Hampshire College but instead went to Hampshire's public and West Coast euivalent Evergreen in Olympia WA I started college during the same year as this author and was interested to read his perspective on going to a liberal and non traditional college in the 80s Clearly Rushfield chose Hampshire for the wrong reasons because he had a hard time finding his niche As he figured out a way to acclimate to the environment he chose to align himself with a group of post punk radicals called The Supreme Dicks Based on the author's portrayal of this group it was hard to find any redeeming values or purpose to their existence None of the members seemed at all likeable including RushfieldThe most shocking passage of the book includes a very brief and dispassionate mention of one of The Supreme Dick's siblings who committed suicide by drinking cyanide on public access TV I was so shocked by this information that I did an internet search to learn since the author didn't bother to provide details nor did it seem to phase him at allThis speaks to the core problem of this book the author is continually distant from the reader I understand that he is lost in the college he has chosen but instead of building a narrative on these feelings of alientation he chooses a tone of detachment that made it impossible for me to care


  7. Claire Claire says:

    I really really want this book to be a movie because I want to absorb the hilarious absurdity of Richard's book in than one medium This is the anti college memoir if you will where those who suggest wet T shirt parties are euated with fascists and rapists It'll make you want to join a frat even if you're a girl I know this isn't a very helpful review but you just have to read it to enjoy it especially if you have a hankering to read about an alternate universe where the put upon are the bullies and life is generally bizarre


  8. Inga Inga says:

    Love it It's a love song for a very crazy and special time and place


  9. Paxton Lee Paxton Lee says:

    I never realized that The Dicks were Hated It was my experience that most people did not really think they were that importantjust a group of people who felt they needed to give themselves an identity with a name who does that? Really? and had to make a name for themselves by offending othersit was very pathetic You could not help but to feel sad for themMirror Mirror on the wall who is fairest of them all? Heaven forbid the mirror may speak truly and praise another over Junkie Pridecover to cover A small liberal college where the values of the '60's meet the nihilism of the '80's at the height of Reganomics holds what significance for the 21st Century? As one who was there at the time I do have to speak about some specifics the racist sign was offensive than is describedThe reaction to the sign inspired a candle light vigil that arose spontaneously like a road side memorial for one who has fallen victim to a terrible fate Having lived in small towns even smaller than Hampshire college the solidarity of community in response to an offense was no different from many who live in main stream america This seemed to be a uniue experience for many who came from towns with than 2000 people Perhaps it was an important experience About the wet tee shirt party what I recall was some female students being pressured to attendI recall a memo from the schoolI recall attending a seminar on Signs to look for at a college party that would be indicators of violence against women and asked as a man to look for such behavior and not to be afraid to speak out against them After I read the book I saw richard's pictureI remember him from freshman yearI was told after vandalising many dorms with references to male rape from the book Less than zero he was caught peeping at women in the showers and went back to LAI guess that must have been wrong and just a 'small town rumor' at a small collegeI discovered this was a rumor when I lived in a housing unit near where Richard lived the only trouble I remember was once when a fire alarm went off me and my buddy went through the dorms to make sure no one was trapped inside during a fireand the fire chief balled us out afterwards for not acting properly during a fire drillthe night was dark and the sky was bluedown the alley the cadillac flewhit a bump and someone screamedyou should have heard just what I seenwho do you love? Sorry Richardour badnice conversation with you that night before the fire chief yelled at usbut I lived in a small town in alaska smaller than Hampshire collegeso why tell the fire chief about a false alarm when it has already been settled? like I said I ran into Richard and he remembered me that night from the old hallbut that was itI doubt he remembers me now like I said I traveled in different circleswe heard of the supreme dicks' once and a while but they were never really importantI never realized Richard was one of the people who needed to form a group and label themselves to have an identitywe felt sad for them and oh yeahregarding the pretending to be part of a singing group to crash a party at Smithit is much fun when you are actually invitedI learned the jitter bug from a lady from Shang hi at the same eventand when a bunch of nerds bused in from Princeton to sing for the girls kept asking me hey man you are from hampshirecan you score us some drugs? and after a dozen refusals on my partI realized I had some aspirinexcedrine to be exactand said Be careful what you pray for fella because I am tired of being insulted and I took their money and gave them pills with a big E on it and they told all their friends that they just got a big scoreand with the money I took two lovely ladies to Dennys and had fun than just talking about itI regret doing that nowit was a swindleit is theft and bearing false witnessI was angry at the insults from the harrassement of ivy leaguers to be their drug dealerand they would not let me walk awayI offer this not as an excuse for my selling aspirin only an explanation of how the morality of my youth failed under peer pressureI was angryso I sold them excedrine and they left me alonei wish I had done better and not done thatbut it did fund a great date with some great ladiesI thought I was going to miss that party at Smith too but I worked on a construction site to earn cash and a buddy of mine who worked construction on the site because he had a warrent for his arrest in NY City for armed robbery of a gas station and he fled the state instead of showing up for sentencing and he had no drivers license but told me he would pick me up on his motorcycle to get me to the partybut we had to stop to pick up 2 other fellas on the wayand one of them was hauling some beerand because the driver had no license once he got to northhampton he got scared 4 people and a 14 barrel on a motorcycle may attract attention so he deceided to drive on the sidewalks of Smith Collegeat full throttle and shove us off the bike at each stopreallyit is much fun when you are invited All in all i found the deeds of the book far less adventurous than the exploits of most from Hampshire collegehave pity on us poor richard


  10. Karen Germain Karen Germain says:

    Richard Rushfield’s memoir “Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost” details his years spent at Hampshire College during the late 80’s early 90’s I simply did not buy into his story at all It felt like someone who was recalling a series of events that over the years grew monumental in his own mind I also think they are stories that are far interesting to the people who were actually there rather than the reader I felt like I was reading a bunch of inside jokes that I just didn’t getRushfield explains that Hampshire was a very experimental college I get it I have done the small liberal arts college thing In fact my experience at Bard included a very odd class registration process that seems would have fit right in as part of Rushfield’s college experience I just didn’t buy into the extremes of Rushfield’s story It was too much It was also not very interesting to read If you’re going to be outlandish at least be entertaining


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