Monthly Archives: April 2018

‘Around Harvard Square’ and the Harvard Lampoon

Sketch by Susan Arena.
Sketch by Susan Arena.

I just watched a “60 Minutes” segment about the Harvard Lampoon. Part of the segment dealt with the fact that women and people of color haven’t been very well represented in the ranks of Harvard Lampoon staffers and on the roster of comedy TV shows. That’s one of the themes of my upcoming novel, “Around Harvard Square,” about a Jamaican-American freshman competing to get on the staff of a certain Ivy League humor magazine. Erich Segal called my book “the funniest book about Harvard since ‘Love Story,’ or at least he might have said that if “Love Story” were a comedy and if Segal hadn’t died in 2010. I also think John Updike and George Plimpton would have totally agreed with Segal about my book if not for that same they died years ago problem.  Anyhoo, you can read the book next year and judge for yourself. Comedy is never having to say you’re sorry.

‘Around Harvard Square’ by C.J. Farley Coming on Akashic Books in 2019

EmmaLampoonMy new novel “Around Harvard Square” is set to be published by Akashic Books in 2019!

Here’s how it was described on GoodReads and Publishers Lunch: “a satirical novel about a Jamaican-American freshman and his misfit international friends who compete against ridiculous odds to join the staff of Harvard University’s legendary humor magazine, in a story exploring race and class, sex and philosophy, collegiate pranks and Ivy League secrets.”

Back in the day, I was an editor at the Harvard Lampoon. I’m not saying it’s about the Harvard Lampoon, but I’m not not saying it’s about the Harvard Lampoon.

More to come!

‘Forged in Crisis’ Author Nancy Koehn Dines with the Wall Street Journal

I had a great interview last week with Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn, author of “Forged in Crisis,” as part of the Wall Street Journal’s C-Suite Book Club series. “Forged” is a really fascinating book about how various leaders, from Frederick Douglass to Rachel Carson, coped with turbulent times and what we can learn from them.

Here I am with author Nancy Koehn at New York's Bouley Botanical, the restaurant that hosed my C-Suite Book Club event.
Here I am with author Nancy Koehn at New York’s Bouley Botanical, the restaurant that hosted my C-Suite Book Club event.