”There was more shaping to this book than we generally do,” said Asya Muchnick, senior editor at Little, Brown. — Boston Globe
Viswanathan is the 19-year-old who got a $500,000 book contract and a DreamWorks movie deal, and has since admitted appropriating numerous passages from another writer’s teen angst novels for her own, “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.” — Washington Postp> September 4, 2003, 10:03 a.m. br> Dear Kaavya, /p>
This is Katherine over at IvyWise. I’m looking forward to working with you to make sure you can get into Harvard. I thought that your first sentence on your application was great. Remember, do not write more than one sentence at a time without passing it along to us so we can make sure it projects the right sense of who you are based on the automated personality inventory you took on our website. Please see to it that you give me a call when you finish going over this with your parents, so we can go forward.
Why do you want to go to Harvard?
I want to go to Harvard because I feel that Harvard’s writing program is very strong, as well as its overall curriculum.
This is a great start! But let’s see what we can do to make your first sentence really stand out. Also, personal conflict really gets these admissions officers excited. Let’s see what we can add:
As I have come to understand Harvard’s mission, I’ve also come to understand myself. My identity is split down the center, caught as I am along an ethnic divide; Am I an Indian or an American? For me, dealing with the stereotypes of what it is to be an Indian have helped me develop a sense of social justice, to know what I can do to change people’s prejudices.p>Let me know what you think! br> —Katherine /p> p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?