Better titles for the Kael:
"Collecting Myself Afterward"
"Putting it All in One Place"
"Various Positions: 1965-1991"
"Going at it: 1965-1991"
I can see you were being ironic and self-deprecating in situating your post in terms of a torrent of Franzenalia. I'm not so sure, though, you were being ironic in using "everyone else" to refer solely to other cultural commentators. But that could be a weak misreading.
Anyway, I meant it all in good fun and certainly wasn't implying you're a louse! (Thanks for the poem, by the way, hadn't read it before.)
It's interesting to me that none of the n+1ers are on the list. (Altho, a quick search tells me Daniel Alarcon published something in there...) Still, it's... maybe not surprising, but, perhaps, notable. Maybe not...
Also, Kelly Link, who just turned 40, wuz robbed - but then again, it's unclear if she's on their radar.
Not to sound New-Agey, but it could very well be the case that everyone is, in fact, "special," and that what really causes the problems with this (my) generation, is that they've been taught to believe that this specialness should somehow correlate with, and be measured in, outward, worldly success, instead of being something more internal. The entire idea of "unrealistic expectations" seems to me to speak to a generation who believes that the things worth having in the world can be expected to come from outside themselves, outside their immediate relations and friends, and instead from businesses and institutions and organizations - structures which do not, in fact, owe them anything and which are, actually, cold, heartless and uncaring.
Oooh... that does sound a bit New Agey...
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