Category Archives: Generation Y

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…