This is a good book that describes the selfishness, vanity, pride, arrogance, depression, cynicism, apathy, and attitude of many young Americans today: Generation Me by Jean Twenge. The subtitle of the book explains it a bit more: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before. If this topic… Continue reading It’s All About Me (Because I’m Special!)
In his excellent book, Against Happiness, Eric Wilson discusses (among other things) melancholy's "wonderous paradox," which is "the ability to be serious and playful at once." "The mood fosters an ability to be utterly involved in the suffering world but also, at the same time, out of the game, above the fray, aloof, tranquil, as graceful… Continue reading Gen X: Jaded and Shallow?