Monday, November 11, 2013

"Coming Up Short"

My full review over at Alexandria
"Just finished, Jennifer M. Silva’s ‘Coming Up Short’ and it was a nice break from all of the issues regarding the breakdown of the family. The theme of the millennials of Lowell, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia is loneliness and distrust. Silva is right that they feel screwed, because they are."
"By definition the millennials are not ‘working class’, these millennials are the ‘children of the working class’, because there is no working class.... So if you don’t become a part of the educated class to sit in a cubicle, you’re standing at a drive-thru window pouring ice coffee at Dunkin Donuts at 7am for the cubicle sitters commute."
"The interviewees were not high school drop outs, gang members, or teen parents, something drilled into our heads ad nauseum NOT to do. These adults did everything, they were told to do."
"We need to build up trust in our neighborhoods, so if you have some spare social capital share it with someone. Even if it is letting someone borrow your lawn mower or a ride to the supermarket."


  1. I misread that as "letting someone borrow your lawn mower to ride to the supermarket."


  2. Yards in Lowell are too small for ride-on lawn mowers.