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Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. on November 24, 2005, the inbox of 20by20essays@randomhouse.com was inundated with more than one thousand e-mails. Was it spam? A virus? Were people finally responding to our Match.com profile? No, we still couldn't find a date or a good deal on Viagra. It was simply the deadline for the Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest, and as it turned out, nearly everyone-two-thirds of the total contestants—had waited until literally the last minute to submit.

According to our colleagues, this meant we were a generation of procrastinators, too busy blogging about our recently diagnosed ADHD or watching the first season of The OC to get our act together and turn something in ahead of time; the contest had run for a full six months, after all. And they had a point. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that this procrastination wasn't necessarily a generational fault but rather an indication of how today's world works. In an era of text messaging, online shopping, and movies on demand, why would anyone do anything more than a day or two in advance? It’s not that we're lazy or bratty or glib; it’s just that we’re fast. We know how to access all kinds of information, and we have absolute confidence in the tools at our disposal.

In fact, it was precisely because of this technological immediacy that the contest attracted such a large, wide-ranging pool of writers. When we first launched our website, we had two listings on Google; the next week, fifty; as of this writing, we're at 1,130. Though at first we were concerned that certain groups or types of twentysomethings might dominate the collection-it would be a problem if everyone was from Albuquerque or played the lute or worked at Petco-we were bowled over by the breadth and depth of the submissions we received. We heard from prison inmates, soldiers, production assistants, corporate-ladder climbers, pastry chefs. And not only were the writers themselves diverse, but each offered a new way of thinking about a given subject. Is ethnicity tantamount to identity or is it a barrier to overcome? Should we be planning careers and families or living moment to moment? How do we negotiate our roles as both someone's child and someone’s parent? Do we approach God with skepticism or trust? To what extent can we effect political change? What's funny? What’s not? How can we make art that’s new, and do we even want to?

Because of this diversity, we had trouble discerning overarching themes in these essays. It seemed almost audacious to make any blanket statements about a generation that so consistently asserts its volatility, but we're nothing if not audacious, so we gave it a shot. We began by doing what any incredibly anal person confronted with an overwhelming amount of information would do: we pigeon-holed. Having narrowed the field down to one hundred essays, we subdivided the finalists and slapped on tidy little labels-Ethnic Identity; Cubicle Culture; Born-Again Agnosticism; Indie/Underground/Post-Trip-Hop/Pre-Grunge-Revival; Deep, Philosophical, Possibly Drug-Enhanced Ruminations on Life; and, of course, Sex. Lots and lots of Sex. Some of the categories, like Gay Issues and Women's Studies, even started to sound like 200-level liberal arts courses.

But ultimately our

Synopsis:

A collection of winning essays from Random House's national contest offers a thought-provoking and diverse anthology that tackles such topics as falling in love, getting a job, establishing a political identity, negotiating a religious connection in a polarized society, and taking a leadership role in the technology revolution. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. on November 24, 2005, the inbox of 20by20essays@randomhouse.com was inundated with more than one thousand e-mails. Was it spam? A virus? Were people finally responding to our Match.com profile? No, we still couldn't find a date or a good deal on Viagra. It was simply the deadline for the Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest, and as it turned out, nearly everyone--two-thirds of the total contestants--had waited until literally the last minute to submit.

According to our colleagues, this meant we were a generation of procrastinators, too busy blogging about our recently diagnosed ADHD or watching the first season of The OC to get our act together and turn something in ahead of time; the contest had run for a full six months, after all. And they had a point. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that this procrastination wasn't n

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365576
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Subject:
American essays
Editor:
Quint, Jillian
Editor:
Kellogg, Matt
Edited by:
Matt Kellogg
Author:
Jillian Quint
Author:
Edited by Matt Kellogg and Jillian Quint
Author:
Quint, Jillian
Author:
Matt Kellogg
Author:
Kellogg, Matt
Subject:
21st century
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American essays - 21st century
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060829
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
292

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Product details 292 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588365576 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A collection of winning essays from Random House's national contest offers a thought-provoking and diverse anthology that tackles such topics as falling in love, getting a job, establishing a political identity, negotiating a religious connection in a polarized society, and taking a leadership role in the technology revolution. Original. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:59 P.M. on November 24, 2005, the inbox of 20by20essays@randomhouse.com was inundated with more than one thousand e-mails. Was it spam? A virus? Were people finally responding to our Match.com profile? No, we still couldn't find a date or a good deal on Viagra. It was simply the deadline for the Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers contest, and as it turned out, nearly everyone--two-thirds of the total contestants--had waited until literally the last minute to submit.

According to our colleagues, this meant we were a generation of procrastinators, too busy blogging about our recently diagnosed ADHD or watching the first season of The OC to get our act together and turn something in ahead of time; the contest had run for a full six months, after all. And they had a point. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that this procrastination wasn't n

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