In New Jersey: The Best and the Glibbest

David Kidd is dressed in a shirt that David Kidd is dressed in a shirt that may once have been tucked in. His grimy university necktie ends a palm's width above his beltless pants. The trousers are a baggy rumple. This is a collegiate champion, a star?

Kidd is, in fact, the man to beat at this year's Princeton off-topic debate tournament; a month before, he won the sport's most prestigious championship in Toronto. For his fourth-round match, Kidd must disprove the proposition: "If you have to ask, you'll never know."

He stands, grinning lopsidedly,...

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