The new New York has a front-of-book squib covering the coverage of the recent ouster of Harvard president Larry Summers. The facts are this: The Crimson's Summers reporter, Zachary Seward, spent so much time covering the president he failed a class and was suspended; no longer a student he couldn't continue as the student paper's managing editor; but no hard feelings, instead he got a co-byline on the Wall Street Journal's Summers story, which scooped everyone else — including Seward's pals on the Crimson. Did Seward feel bad about competing against his fellow students? Not at all, he told New York's reporter, Ben Mathis-Lilley: "Isn't the media a big Ivy League reunion anyway?"
Oh, Zachary, you don't know the half of it. That photo above? Exhumed from the Crimson archive, it's reporter Mathis-Lilley, now a New York editorial assistant, flanked by New York associate editor and crown prince Ben Wasserstein, Summers, and some other Crimson kid, all relaxing after a refreshing few sets of tennis.
More Summers/Wasserstein/Mathis-Lilley/other kid photos are after the jump.
Ben Wasserstein actually is too rich and too thin.
Summers: "I'll show you some innate abilities."
Mathis-Lilley: "Yes! I'll get a piece out of this some day!"