Dear Great-Grandkid:By the time you are old enough to …

Dear Great-Grandkid:

By the time you are old enough to understand this letter, you will have heard stories about my generation—the Baby Boomers—and they’re all true. Yes, our family owned its own home, and that home had several rooms. Yes, we did have a car, and that car was powered by gasoline, and we could buy gasoline without the danger of being caught and sent to the potato fields. Yes, your great-grandmother and I both went to university and could choose our occupations. We could have become mining engineers or tax officials or even officers in the military, but we studied literature instead. Literature used to be an honorable profession. People were paid to study it and even—I’m not kidding— to produce it. […]

John Rember: Unto the Third and Fourth Generations (18.7.2011)

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