“Teenagers and young adults, who have the least stake in the old order, tend to move fluidly in the uncertainty of the new. Youth cultures have organized around new machines and media like the phonograph or the car in part because young people grasp the implications of the new better than their elders. They use technology to produce new styles, postures and languages - the vocabulary of hip.”—Hip: The History (P.S.) - John Leland (via myphdthesis)
“The adolescent, during the final stage of his identity formation, is apt to suffer more deeply than he ever did before (or ever will again)”—Erik Erikson - Identity and the Life Cycle (via myphdthesis)
Happy Jawbreaker day. Three years ago I wrote a blog post over at my old blog in which I explained how listening to that song on repeat all day had totally cheered me up after a long day of endless, aimless jobhunting that had left me feeling overeducated, underskilled and depressed. The poster child of the go-nowhere generation: 27, lost, still living in the parental home, medicated and feeling identified with fiction written with a teenage audience in mind. Thankfully a lot has changed since then, mostly in unexpected ways, but there’s one thing that remains; this song still has the power to make my day. So I stand by what I once said: If every day was Jawbreaker day maybe I’d be happy all the time.
A kind reminder that this is where I’m blogging nowadays.
This post is inspired by Laura, who published her own list a couple of days ago. She asked for our own list of little failures as far as growing up goes, and since it is a topic in which I consider myself to be well-versed and I am also reaching the ripe old age of three-oh this year, I…