Students: Capp's Cuts

Why are students willing to pay a millionaire cartoonist $3,000 a shot to insult them from a lecture platform? "I think it's a love-hate relationship," says Al Capp, the raspy-voiced creator of Li'I Abner. "Kids want to be kicked." At 59, the onetime liberal has developed a whole new career touring campuses to trumpet his grouchy, anti-youth message. Familiarity generates deeper contempt. "The more I see of students," he says, "the more I dislike them."

Capp works in a free-flowing format, first reading off questions from a deck of file cards submitted by students (but stacked to include queries on his...

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