Posted by Peter Lawler
...is explained by ME. These remain the best times ever to be young, smart, pretty, and industrious, but I’m starting to notice that we all get old.
Very interesting . . . but I wonder . . . is part of what drives the lack of respect for the traditions and craftsmanship of an older generation (to say nothing of the growing lack of respect for the value of love, responsibility and disregard for the self) the growing number of young people who have no real meaningful connection to that attitude in their own familial experience? In other words, the up-and-coming generation (or at least a good portion of it) has grandparents who came of age in the 60s and parents who were--so to speak--raised by them. So their association with the sorts you describe in Mad Men--to say nothing of even earlier generations--may be entirely through film or through tenuous and tangential relationships. I have friends with kids getting ready to go off to college now . . . so, yes, we all do get old and it usually happens much sooner than we think it will!
You are undoubtedly the most productibe blogger/pol philosopher in the US...I have this image of you etching posts on bathroom stalls when a computer isn't available...
julie, that's at least part of the story, which I told about at the end of the Sixties article. (I'm thinking about your good suggestion to break that up into sound bites, which is why I din't right back yet.)
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