Generation Y

Generation Y
July 15, 2016

Lagniappe; An extra second of time to ponder

Ever since I found out that 2016 would include an extra second—as announced on July 6 by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service—I’ve been planning what to do with all the extra time I’ve now got on my hands.

Since 1972, “ leap…

Generation Y
July 7, 2016

Should we stop celebrating birthdays?

I write this column on my younger brother’s 20th birthday—happy birthday, Zach! For me, naturally, this occasion of my younger brother’s aging out of adolescence has led, with predictably anxious self-centeredness, to reflections on my own increasingly ancient status within a youth culture with which…

Gen Y: On marriage
Generation Y
June 30, 2016

Gen Y: On marriage

Most of the young couples I know who have recently gotten married lived together for a couple years before becoming engaged. For two people who have cohabitated romantically for an extended period of time, their daily routine no different from that of a traditional married…

Please stop talking about “Game of Thrones”
Generation Y
June 23, 2016

Please stop talking about “Game of Thrones”

A serious question: is it possible in modern society to attend a social gathering without having to listen to a conversation about the latest episode of “Game of Thrones?” Am I the only person whose heart sinks at the inevitable moment in the evening when…

My presidential endorsement
Generation Y
June 16, 2016

My presidential endorsement

By Brett Yates

At the end of primary season, politicians who initially opposed their party’s nominee are forced either by fear of the other party’s nominee or by a need to preserve their own standing within their party to fall in line and endorse a…

Gen Y: Our safe spaces
Generation Y
June 9, 2016

Gen Y: Our safe spaces

Recently, a Facebook friend posted some clickbait from The Atlantic called “A Dialogue With a 22-Year-Old Donald Trump Supporter.” In my prone-to-distraction feebleness, I actually read the whole piece, in which the reporter Conor Friedersdorf exchanged messages with a white yuppie who, though a college-educated…

Gen Y: Take Two
Generation Y
June 1, 2016

Gen Y: Take Two

Longtime readers of “Generation Y” are aware that, in addition to being a wildly successful newspaper columnist, I’m also a wildly unsuccessful fiction writer. Periodically I mention this hobby in the hope that some editor from Random House might own a ski house in Killington,…

To the graduating class
Generation Y
May 26, 2016

To the graduating class

In the second half of May, colleges let out, and graduation ceremonies are held—it’s commencement speech season. I’ve long had a particular interest in this genre of essay, if it can be called that, in large part because, like wedding toasts or newspaper columns, commencement…

Gen Y: Lemonade power rankings
Generation Y
May 23, 2016

Gen Y: Lemonade power rankings

Summer is rapidly approaching—well, technically, at the normal speed—and, thus, lemonade season, too, is just around the corner. For my money, fresh homemade lemonade is possibly the world’s best-tasting beverage in its bright refreshing simplicity, its sweetness perfectly offset by its tartness.

As…

Generation Y
May 12, 2016

Have I already written about everything?

If you’re a longtime reader of this newspaper, you might occasionally wonder: is Brett Yates ever going to leave us alone? Won’t he ever run out of opinions?

Reader, I share your concerns. In a recent fit of anxiety, I combed through the “Generation Y”…