It occurred to me why academia is not as sex-crazed these days as it is in Roth and Bellow novels, and in movies. Academia may once have been a world of affair-having eccentrics, but today's incoming classes of graduate students all went through the college process. We wouldn't have gotten as far as our selective colleges had we not proven ourselves to be efficient, balanced, even athletic individuals. Even grad students in the most obscure fields, looking to research this one Persian vase they find especially fascinating, would not be there if they hadn't proven themselves in the same meritocracy-ish system as have future investment bankers. Which leads to my point, which is that grad students these days probably treat grad school as something pragmatic and professional. Even in the humanities, networking has replaced seducing. And this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The movies are just lagging behind, holding on to an obsolete phenomenon for its obviously superior entertainment value.