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(10:24 p.m.) CLARE: how about they just call us SAA

SAA/SAD I Gchatted my 24-year-old sister Clare, who happens to be liv-

ing back at home with our parents while she looks for a job:

self-absorbed assholes ME: booo CLARE: we need a D to make it really good SAD—self-absorbed delusionals ps (10:26 p.m.) can i send you a cover letter right quick? ME: sure CLARE: our generation is: delayed, afraid immature independent fame and glory hungry (ambitious? weirdly apathetic when it comes to things outside of the internet (10:26 p.m.) ME: delayed is not our fault CLARE: ok, you know what i always think about when i think of our generation? i read the david brooks book, “the social animal” and while it was only mediocre, he had this one really great bit that really stuck with me—the Greek ideal of “thumos”, which is the lust not for money or success (in the conventional sense) but the lust for glory we want glory through our ideas-we want to know we matter (10:33) the cold truth is that not all of us are brilliant we are not all big thinkers. Not everyone’s TED talks will change the world some of us will just dissipate into the ether (10:34) but it is the digital connectivity, that proximity to these people, that makes us think that perhaps we will succeed as well (10:35) ok, i’m done (10:36) no i’m not here’s why the recession is so devastating to us we grew up, all the way through college, with everything seeming so ripe and possible (10:37) we had a PC education—people tried to hide from us as long as possible that not everyone is equal we were told we all have a fair chance of making it that’s just not so and we’re starting to realize that (10:39) are you even listening to me anymore? (10:41) ME: hi sorry (10:42) i was writing an email i am filing your comments in my file. (10:43) i think your cover letter is good! CLARE: i thought it was ok (10:47) but I am, to be honest, expecting a rejection.

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