Friday, June 11, 2010

Broadway Ave rocks!

A bevy of beauties are turning heads along Broadway on the Upper West Side. And pretty striking they are. A series of abstract bronze heads – 12 feet tall and bearing elaborate headdresses – have been designed by Spanish contemporary artist, Manolo Valdés. The sculptor, originally from Madrid, but also living in New York, says his gorgeous heads were inspired by pop images.

And this is where I live! Can’t believe my luck…
Watch this space . . . more to come soon.

The ‘Me’ Generation

America has a great fondness for self-analysis, which is why every third person in New York has a psychoanalyst. A subject that has had its fair share of naval-gazing (besides the demise of Wall Street, the war in Iraq, a failed world economy, the oil spill…) is today’s young generation.

In a story by writer Judith Warner for the NY Times, the general consensus appears to be that ‘Generation Me’ is profoundly narcissistic and has an overinflated sense of self. Added to this, today's young adults are unable to act for themselves because of their anxiously overinvolved baby-boomer parents.

In short, they are “entitled whiners who have been spoiled by parents who overstoked their self-esteem, by teachers who granted undeserved A’s, and sports coaches who bestowed trophies on any player who showed up.” Ouch.

It goes further. In spite of a 20% unemployment rate for 20-somethings (the national average is somewhere around 9.5%), many new graduates, it seems, are not willing to work more than 40 hours a week. So they’re turning down jobs in great numbers where they feel the offer doesn’t quite come up to scratch in relation to their personally judged self-worth.
Then they move back home.

A bubble just waiting to burst. Or not. Such extreme optimism and self-importance is a great way to arm yourself against today’s tough world, perhaps?

The Me Generation also has sublime confidence in the way it acquires knowledge. A school librarian friend, says journalist Geoff Nicholson, while teaching research skills despaired each time she tried to dissuade students from relying only on Google as a source of information.

“…kids have told her with complete confidence,” he writes, “that the moon landings were fake and that 9/11 was an inside job. Their proof: it says so online.”