My conference for Writing, Radio, and Aurality is finally finished. Will attach transcript later.
The twenty-first century is known for its rush hours, its expediated shipping, its instant messages, and lightning fast texts. The world, it seems, cannot wait to get where it is going. But when the end destination is adulthood – some find themselves instinctively pulling into the carpool lane. In a culture where expectations of success starkly contrast with economic realities, the definition of growing up has blurred. This piece takes us to Westchester county where graduation day looms and college students – seniors or not – contemplate their futures as individuals. Are they becoming adults, or only playing pretend?
Special thanks to Sharon Holiner, Sally Howe, Ana Perlstein, Ana Henry, Julia Steinberg, Tabitha Ashura, and David Anaya – whose voices appear in this piece. Additional thanks to Gabriel Barreto, India Cusack, Ilana Masad, Moshe Maizels, and Ben Lieberman – whose voices did not appear in the final edition.
*Music: Going to Maryland – The Mountain Goats, Let’s See Action – The Who
This blog will be used to spread good juju vibes – record the progression of the Prep for Peace summer youth project (made possible by the generous financial support of Davis Projects for Peace and my lovely partners in crime Jackie Assar and Sharon Holiner) – link to other social justice efforts in NYC and beyond – shamelessly self promote my soundcloud – and to gush about nerdy anthropological things. More later once the semester ends.