The teen drama series “Gossip Girl” shone light-weight on the alluring scandals and lavish existence of Manhattan’s elite prep universities when it premiered in 2007.
But for Upper East Side indigenous Wil Glavin, who was on the verge of superior college at the time, it hardly scratched the surface area.
“‘Gossip Girl’ didn’t go significantly adequate. They experienced to maintain it a lot more PG-13,” stated Glavin, who just self-released a novel, “The Venerable Vincent Beattie,” primarily based on his possess tween and teen decades at posh prep educational facilities. “My guide is additional R-rated.”
Glavin, who began creating the tome in January 2019 and concluded it just after being furloughed from his assistant position at Marvel Amusement, applied his alma maters as inspiration: Buckley, the all-boys academy on East 73rd Street attended by Roosevelt and Rockefeller scions and the co-ed Columbia Grammar and Preparatory University on the Higher West Facet, in which celeb alums incorporate Herman Melville, ex-Time Warner CEO Steven Jay Ross and actress Ally Sheedy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at Columbia Prep’s 2017 graduation Barron Trump was enrolled there right up until his go to Washington.
A self-explained introvert, Glavin said his protagonist is “a more serious version” of him, but Vincent’s journey by means of the wild earth of New York City’s prestigious non-public universities is centered on Glavin’s true lifetime.
“A good deal of tales I bought had been just from listening to gossip in the pupil lounge for four many years,” Glavin told The Submit.
His mother and father, a bond salesman and a keep-at-home mother turned internet marketing government, ended up disciplinarians when Glavin was younger.
“My lecturers were incredibly demanding, and my coaches have been really stringent,” reported Glavin, a 2016 Tufts graduate. “Elbows off the table, chew with your mouth closed. I took etiquette classes … Men and women would constantly request me if I experienced a military track record since I am so rigid.”
His sheltered upbringing led to shock at the social scene he noticed as he grew up among a effectively-heeled established.
Very first came about-the-best bar and bat mitzvahs — Ciara done at 1, Glavin mentioned, and Sean Paul at one more. Afterwards, there were the city equal of household parties, which at their most severe highlighted tricky liquor and medication like pot and cocaine.
“In Manhattan, they are apartment functions or penthouse get-togethers,” mentioned Glavin, who set a scene in “Vincent Beattie” at a specifically debauched 1. “There are persons hooking up on couches, and they are ingesting and cigarette smoking cigarettes out the window. And these are the nicest residences in New York Town, with $30,000 tables and $100,000 chandeliers.”
Not all people took part in these shenanigans. Glavin was a visitor at a handful of this sort of soirees, but took his initial drink as a large university senior and has in no way tried using medications.
“I’m glad I was equipped to go to as numerous points as I did, due to the fact it gave me a lot a lot more materials and ammunition,” he mentioned adding that only a small percentage of people he realized have been severe or dangerous partiers.
“These moms and dads would say, ‘Don’t do just about anything I wouldn’t do,’ and they closed the doorway,” he additional. “The residences would be stocked with pleasant liquor and champagne, and persons performed beer pong. It was so nuts to me.”
Flagrant paying by some classmates also went largely unchecked.
“Kids experienced their possess credit history playing cards and expended ridiculous amounts on get-togethers or alcoholic beverages or touring,” Glavin reported, introducing that some bought pretend IDs for clubbing and there generally was “next to zero supervision.” “Girls and men would go to Madison Avenue [to shop] during a no cost period, likely to any restaurant and not even caring how highly-priced particular matters are. The dollars was not theirs, so they expended what ever they desired.”
Signals of prosperity cropped up in compact ways, dividing the mere haves from the have-a-lots. Some students, for instance, experienced personal chauffeurs.
“I generally have that impression of strolling out to Central Park West [by Columbia Prep] and observing 5 or 6 blocks straight, lined with black or white Escalades,” he explained.
A highlight of the private faculty get together circuit occurred more than spring split, when seniors from different colleges organized a trip to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. About 35 to 40 young children per school, Glavin mentioned, flew down for the 7 days.
“No chaperones, no teachers and no dad and mom. It receives so crazy down there because the consuming age is 18,” claimed Glavin, who included it cost amongst $1,500 to $1,800 for every man or woman for 5 nights at Atlantis, an all-inclusive vacation resort. “We would get to the airport, and people today would just invest in handles and consume their faces off in their resort home. There were being nightclub functions each evening.”
Glavin, who tagged along like “a fly on the wall” due to the fact his moms and dads loosened up following their separation when he was 14 (and even compensated for him to go to the Bahamas), penned two juicy chapters about the once-a-year hedonistic underage getaway.
He reported he thinks “parents back again home understood what was likely on to an extent. They knew they were ingesting and owning intercourse, and no one particular seemed to treatment or head. There was a ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘girls will be girls’ mentality.”
There was a absence of repercussions for students who did break principles, Glavin claimed, in component because moms and dads were being normally not all-around to implement punishments since they were being working or touring.
“If you’re obtaining grounded by mom and dad, and they transpire to be abroad, or they are functioning until eventually 11 p.m., it in no way seemed to stop individuals from going out,” he reported. “They’d say, ‘My moms and dads are truly pissed at me, and they threatened to choose away my credit score card.’ ”
Even if mom and father happened to be household, there ended up ever-current housekeepers, foremost to some creative passionate trysts and “a lot of Central Park hookups,” Glavin mentioned.
“You’d question your good friend, ‘If your mothers and fathers aren’t dwelling, can we go use [your apartment] for 30 minutes or use it for an hour? Do you have siblings? Do you have a responsible doorman who will not tattle on you or won’t inform your moms and dads?,’ ” he stated. “In a exceptional scenario, if you are incredibly very well-off, there is having a resort room, but that wouldn’t happen until eventually you’re 18 or so.”
The privileged practices of a selective New York Metropolis enclave are laid bare in his book, Glavin explained, which can let a considerably broader audience to value them.
“I hope it can help the introvert, aids the loner, allows the man or woman who doesn’t sense like they match in,” he claimed. “It’s relatable for latest higher college and school students, it’s nostalgic for individuals post-college or university, and for mothers and fathers and teachers, it is enlightening. It is like, ‘Wow, I had no thought it was like this.’ “