Jeanne Horrigan, Director of New Students Orientation at UMass Amherst, recently shared some thoughts about her experience hosting Ernie Cline (Ready Player One) on her campus. Mr. Cline will be joining us at next year’s Random House FYE Luncheon. (Click here to register for the event).
“Ernie Cline emerged from a Back to the Future Dolorean to the thunderous applause of over four thousand freshmen at UMass Amherst’s Convocation this year. His address to the Class of 2016 was an entertaining combination of self-depreciating humor and personal reflection. Ready Player One, the chosen common read book for this year’s new students at UMass Amherst, dealt with the allure of the virtual world of video games and its benefits but also the irreplaceable authenticity of human exchanges in reality. Later on, hundreds of freshmen engaged in common read discussions of this book in small groups with university faculty, discussing everything from the dystopian future to eco-sustainability. Ready Player One is more than a paperback adventure story; it unites the past and present under an overarching concern about technology’s place in our future.”