最近在看一本小说，是Carl Hiaasen写的《Skinny Dip》（中文名《裸浴》）。里面的主人公 Chaz Perrone博士，就差点成了方鸿渐先生和吴征博士的学弟，就连毕业论文的题目和故事的结局，也都十分的神似（《试论糖为什么是甜的？》／复旦大学的博士）。
It dawned on Chaz that he wasdoomed to minimum-wage hell unless he obtained a master's degree, so he purchased one from a popular dimloma mill in Colorado. The eight-week mail-order course guaranteed graduation (with honors) for a fee of $999, which Chaz remorselessly conned from his mother. Any topic vaguely related to biology was acceptable for a thesis paper, double-spacing being the only academic requirement. Chaz's opus, researched one afternoon in the produce section of the local supermarket, was titled "A Comparative Analysis of Late-Season Oranges, Ruby Grapefruits, and Tangelos".
Ten days after mailing off the sinished manuscript - a cashier's check clipped to the cover page, as required - he received a certified letter stating that the school had been shut down, stripped of its accreditation and evicted from the strip mail where its "campus" had been headquartered.
Grudgingly, Chaz accepted the fact that he might have to physically attend classes in order to secure an advanced degree.