Tag Archives: Bret Yates

Generation Y
November 8, 2017

Improper nouns

In late 2017, we all still have days where we wake up and the realization hits us afresh that the only thing separating millions of innocents from nuclear devastation is the dementia-addled, TV-addicted brain of a 71-year-old narcissist.

We may find some cold…

Generation Y
August 23, 2017

Good things for bad people

By Brett Yates

This month, following social media pressure upon their employers, two workers in the San Francisco Bay Area were fired for holding opinions widely deemed abhorrent. The first was a Google engineer who circulated a memo criticizing certain internal corporate policies: specifically, the…

Generation Y
August 16, 2017

Spill your guts

By Bret Yates

In July, the Boston Globe published an article about the painter Helen Frankenthaler that contained the following sentence: “Frankenthaler’s effects are more visceral, more buzzy and demanding, than pastoral evocations of space.”

Every time I encounter the word “visceral” in print (which…

Generation Y
August 10, 2017

Save it forever

By Bret Yates

Some weeks ago I mentioned here, offhand, that I expected to hate the new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie, which was turned out to be totally wrong; I saw it, and I enjoyed it more than any other comic book movie of recent years.

Generation Y
August 2, 2017

We’ve come a long way from where we began

By Bret Yates

What does it mean that the music video for “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth is now the most viewed YouTube clip of all time?

First of all, given the initial conception of YouTube as a repository for user-created…

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…

Making the bed
Generation Y
February 26, 2015

Making the bed

Do you make your bed in the morning? And if not, do you think you’re a terrible human being?

I myself do not make the bed. Since I don’t enjoy doing chores, I do them only as necessary—and making the bed has always…