[photo of the Lost Generation via PBS]
[photo of the Beat Generation via PBS]
Read this on Shelf Awareness this morning:
"For understanding to bloom and the world to make sense to them, the young should not merely read literature that reflects on their immediate concerns, but books which reflect the zeitgeist, as ours did. They should read around the filibustering of religious narratives in the face of evolution, on the theme of the death of the exotic, about fabulous financial foxes and climate change catastrophe. Each generation has its own coming of age literature. What is this new generation reading?"-- Philip Hall, from "The new generation's Catch-22," a post on the Guardian's Books Blog.
The 20s had the Lost Generation. The 50s had the Beat Generation.
What writers and books do you think most represent today's generation? The This American Life clique of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell? Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius? Donald Miller, Jordan Green, Susan Isaacs, Ariele Gentiles, and all the other writers over at Burnside Writers Collective? Post 9/11 stories like Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Joseph O'Neill's Netherland?