Ethiopian expat and up-for-anything, Samson, prefers social diversion over self-analysis and parties as an escape from reality. Native American and certifiable germaphobe, Opie, embraces a different lifestyle. In an effort to find stability amongst chaos, he adheres to strict rules he's laid out for himself. When Samson and Opie arrive at Columbia Law School, much more than a formal education is on the prestigious curriculum. Enter Trey, a hedonistic peer whose antics and ego are larger than life. He introduces Samson and Opie to an aberrant world which is alternately fascinating and revolting to them. Aggressive strippers, corrupt friends and rigged Ivy League school elections hint at what's in store for them. Not so subtly, adultery, a drunken Supreme Court Justice, the dump cake girls, and an international drug conspiracy become events they can't erase from memory. Not to mention the time they endure a hurricane of biblical proportions in New Orleans. The Things I Prefer to Be Forgotten is an intimate and humorous portrait of two promising young men's struggle to find their place in an unpredictable world. As it reaches its conclusion, readers will be compelled to contemplate anew why the seemingly invincible fall from grace when they appear to have it all.
Alexei Auld is an Off-Rez alum of Columbia Law School and Sundance's Native Writing Workshop. His writing has been featured in E! True Hollywood Story, Fondo Del Sol, and numerous curated festivals and publications.