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Malcolm Harris discusses KIDS THESE DAYS
Tuesday, November 21
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Malcolm Harris to discuss his book Kids These Days: Human Capital & The Making of Millennials on Tuesday 21st at 7pm. Malcolm will be in conversation with acclaimed journalist Alexis Madrigal.
Millennials have been stereotyped as lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature. We’ve gotten so used to sloppy generational analysis filled with dumb clichés about young people that we’ve lost sight of what really unites Millennials. Namely:
– We are the most educated and hard-working generation in American history.
– We poured historic and insane amounts of time and money into preparing ourselves for the 21st century labor market.
– We have been taught to consider working for free (homework, internships) a privilege for our own benefit.
– We are poorer, more medicated, and more precariously employed than our parents, grandparents, even our great grandparents, with less of a social safety net to boot.
Kids These Days is about why. In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street Occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about our maligned birth cohort. Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off.
Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.
Alexis Madrigal is a writer and journalist in Oakland, California. He's the editor-at-large for Fusion. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired.