“You are all part of a Lost Generation” – Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway
“Teenage angst has paid off well,
Now I’m bored and old.
Self-appointed judges judge
More than they have sold”
– Serve the Servants, – K. Cobain
Note: This article is best read while listening to Loud Music.
The idea of a generation of young people living and breathing and sharing the same cultural experience is not a new thing. It’s only in the 20th Century that Americans have, in an effervescent need to create a label for anything and everything under the sun, labeled themselves as belonging to part of a generation in an effort to unite and identify their own personal experience so as to make sense of the whole thing. Or something like that.