The Cut excerpt: Memoirs of a Non-Prom Queen


Willis_Essential coverOriginally published in Rolling Stone, August 1976; excerpted from The Essential Ellen Willis, out this week from the University of Minnesota Press.

There’s a book out called Is There Life after High School? It’s a fairly silly book, maybe because the subject matter is the kind that only hurts when you think. Its thesis—that most people never get over the social triumphs or humiliations of high school—is not novel. Still, I read it with the respectful attention a serious hypochondriac accords the lowliest “dear doctor” column. I don’t know about most people, but for me, forgiving my parents for real and imagined derelictions has been easy compared to forgiving myself for being a teenage reject.

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Published in: The Cut