As Monica Edinger pointed out in the post linked above, it’s not just kids. As Barbara Grizzuti Harrison wrote of her adolescence among the Greenwich Village Beats, “when I came of age in the 1950s, everyone one knew was an Outsider, and proud of it; and every Outsider belonged to a privileged Inner Circle of Outsiders, and then we grew up.” But not really: when, decades later, Harrison reviewed Beat poet Diane Di Prima’s memoir for the NYTBR, she devoted her entire review to proving that Di Prima hadn’t been one of the cool kids, really. It never ends. I’m not sure it can, heck, I’m not sure it should. As I once pointed out in a different context, this is how we got Protestants.
And today I read that kids are compiling hit lists of their enemies. Should we worry or be relieved that the Times chose to run this as a “Fashion & Styles” story?