Tag Archives: Gen y

Generation Y
December 13, 2017

Is Minnesota going to be OK?

By Brett Yates

If you had asked me in 2015 to name three people from Minnesota, I probably would have thought for a moment and then come up with iconic pop star Prince, Senator Al Franken, and the public radio raconteur Garrison Keillor.

In 2016,…

Generation Y
October 11, 2017

Perfect lines: an anniversary of sorts

By Brett Yates

I was hired in 2008 as a youth culture columnist for the Mountain Times, just a few months after my 20th birthday, and one of the earliest articles I wrote was an impassioned denunciation of emo music, as feverishly and embarrassingly over-the-top…

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.

Column
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 had a moment of déja vu that took a few minutes of Googling to resolve.

Column
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 of the common internet debates in which pedantic males between the ages of 14 and…

Column
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 interviewing the protagonist. The first question: “What’s your favorite color?”

The protagonist replies that it’s…

Column
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 all working toward the grave, and life will be one perpetual fast-food job of the…

Column
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 we don’t know in real life, explanations are probably more appropriate than apologies. Regret and…

Column
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, more for familial bonding purposes than for his ramblings about China and airplanes and his…

Column
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, “MasterChef Junior” is a spinoff of “MasterChef,” an amateur cooking contest, replicated exactly but for…