During his freshman year at NYU, Ben let his hair
grow to his shoulders, and he cultivated a mustache and
beard that feebly grew out in patches like the mange.
He coolly acquired some “bad” friends for a brief time.
He lost his virginity to a girl named Wendy Walberg
in the basement rec room of her parents’ house (sound
track courtesy of Al Stewart) while partygoers reveled gleefully upstairs.
Wendy told him in this intimate setting that she knew
Ben had written the anonymous poems that she had received
and in this setting she said Yes I will Yes.
Paraphrases from the novel The Lecturer’s Tale by James Hynes.