NO HELMET OF SALVATION: Robb Stark (Richard Madden) is one of the many claiming the iron throne. © HBO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Game of Thrones

Created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss

In my years in academia I observed that the difference between elite and ordinary schools is this: at ordinary institutions, conversations among faculty, administrations and staff might cover politics, or what’s on television, or even, wonder of wonders, God; at elite institutions, all anyone wants to talk about is power. Who has the power, or how will X use power, or how will Y development affect the ones who have power, and what is the person in charge going to do about Z? Power is a source of fascination.

 

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