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(Portman isn't her real name; she borrowed it from her grandmother to protect her father, a fertility specialist, whose name is distinctive.) Her first On our way to attend an evening reading by novelists Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid and poet John Ashbery, Portman chats about student life on campus.
Peter Travers reviews Portman says she's used to getting A's; she can graduate this semester, though she's thinking about coming back next spring to do more work."It's just a different kind of accomplishment I've had that they don't necessarily see as above what they've done.But you also have a lot of ambitious people who do want to rub shoulders — you've got to be wary of that."During the readings, Portman listens keenly and, when laughter is earned, responds with the loudest laugh in the room.Portman was invited to a Spears party, an invitation she forwarded to her guy friends as a joke."They told me they would murder me if I didn't go and take all of them, so I went with six boys," she says; her Ivy League posse drove down, after classes, to New York and Britney.
She has been in bed most of the day, though she went to her nine o'clock lecture and to a meeting of the committee she's on, to discuss which bands will come here next.