Finneran's Wake

Evan Mandery is a professor, lawyer, (former standup comedian!) and the author of eight books. 

His latest work, Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide Us is available for purchase at all reputable (and even some disreputable) booksellers. I highly recommend you go out and pick up a copy of this important book.  

Evan is one of those rare polymathic types from whom you can learn just about anything. An expert on capital punishment, he can easily expound on law, fiction writing, comedy, mindfulness, running, higher education, poker, and politics. 

From this episode you’ll learn…

Evan’s definition of a UNIVERSITY, and whether or not it is, in its current state, still identifiable with that definition; the benefits of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION; how wasteful most college sports teams really are; why we should loathe lacrosse; the problem with LEGACY admissions; what’s going on with administrative bloat; what to do about CANCEL CULTURE on campus; if Donald Trump’s indictment is serious; if the ex-president will go to jail?; how to write a work of fiction; how to survive as a Classical Liberal in WOKE academia; how elite universities exacerbate INEQUALITY in America; if the Ivy League Brand has lost its appeal; if Stanford has permanently sullied its reputation…

And MUCH more! 

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What is Finneran's Wake?

Finneran’s Wake – where the ART OF CONVERSATION lives.

Here, no topic is untouchable, no idea inadmissible, and no one too heretical to be heard.

As the great French essayist Montaigne once said, “To my taste, the most fruitful and natural exercise of our minds is CONVERSATION. I find the practice of it the most delightful activity in our lives”.

It certainly is the most delightful activity in my life. I want it to be so in yours as well.

To that end, I humbly welcome you to my channel.

Here, we'll exercise our minds together. Here, we'll practice this delightful activity as friends. We'll engage, now and forever, in the art--the highest and most human art--of conversation!

With affection,