Category Archives: Generation Y

July 27, 2017

Rebels without a cause

By Brett Yates When I read about the fiasco that ensued when the South Burlington School Board decided to change the nickname of the local high school’s sports teams, I…

July 20, 2017

Twenty years of taking orders

By Brett Yates The Nickelodeon-produced major motion picture “Good Burger” debuted in theaters on July 25, 1997. Two decades later, it feels more popular than it was at the time…

July 13, 2017

My top five superheroes

By Brett Yates I’ve gotten to the point where my hatred of superhero movies is so intense that I get angry just seeing that a new one has been released….

July 5, 2017

The world is a sandwich

By Brett Yates One of the important duties I’ve set for this column has been the task of settling, once and for all, in the inviolable space of print, some…

June 29, 2017

Feeling blue

By Brett Yates There’s a moment in the overrated sci-fi movie “Ex Machina” where the robot, whose programming allows her to discern unfailingly when someone isn’t telling the truth, is…

June 21, 2017

Thank God it’s Thursday

By Brett Yates In “Bit Rot,” Douglas Coupland’s recent collection of essays and stories, the author writes, “In the future, every day of the week will be a Thursday. We’re…

June 14, 2017

No apologies

By Brett Yates Why do celebrities ever apologize for anything? What does it do, exactly? Does it ever change anyone’s mind about whatever’s happened? When it comes to people whom…

June 8, 2017

Subscribing to the truth

By Brett Yates The University of Vermont’s commencement speaker this year was James Fallows, a journalist for The Atlantic magazine. I’ve followed Fallows’ writing off and on since Obama’s election,…

May 31, 2017

Watching children suffer

By Brett Yates The fifth season of “MasterChef Junior,” the competitive reality series on Fox, concluded in May. One of roughly 90 shows hosted by the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay,…