Generation Y

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”…

Art therapy
Generation Y
May 6, 2016

Art therapy

So far, the Internet-intellectual music criticism addressing the politics of Beyoncé’s new visual album “Lemonade”—an R&B confession of marital discord that attempts to locate, within its narrative of the spiritual-psychological consequences of infidelity, a counterintuitive yet interrelated locus of black feminist empowerment—has coexisted in equal…

True wins
Generation Y
April 27, 2016

True wins

Last week I wrote an NBA-related article about the league’s shift toward conference parity and, at the end of the piece, I speculated that the regression of the Western Conference was one of the reasons the Golden State Warriors were able to achieve a record-setting…

The return of the East
Generation Y
April 20, 2016

The return of the East

In case you hate basketball enough to have ignored the NBA so completely as to have missed this, in which case you probably shouldn’t actually read this particular column—the big storyline in the NBA this season was the Golden State Warriors, who broke the…

Live from anywhere
Generation Y
April 13, 2016

Live from anywhere

There’s a new feature on Facebook that allows users to broadcast live video. Within the usual Facebook content parameters, the subjects of these videos can be anything, but so far, most of the broadcasters have turned their cameras onto themselves, creating video streams that…

The Pivot Questionnaire
Generation Y
April 6, 2016

The Pivot Questionnaire

Have you ever watched that Bravo show “Inside the Actors Studio,” where, during every episode, the host James Lipton ritualistically asks his interviewee the same series of artfully banal personal questions—clearly idiotic but boosted into respectability by their French provenance (their origin being the journalist…