“English remains the most widely spoken language and New York is one of the largest cities in the English-speaking world, although there are areas of Queens and Brooklyn in which up to 20% of people speak English only a little or not at all. Neighborhoods such as Flushing, Sunset Park and Corona are the least English-speaking communities.”—
Why the Current Crop of Twentysomethings Are Going to Be Okay -- New York Magazine
"It’s part of the American way to get a lot of self-worth from your job. Meanwhile, one of the reasons there aren’t enough of those jobs out there is that America no longer makes enough stuff. Young people feel that void, intrinsically. Making stuff is what got us smiles from our parents and top billing in refrigerator art galleries. And since we are, as a generation, more addicted to positive reinforcement than any before us, and because we have learned firsthand the futility of finding that affirmation through our employers, we have returned to our stuff-making ways, via pursuits easily mocked: the modern-day pickling, the obsessive Etsying, the flower-arranging classes, the knitting resurgence, the Kickstarter funds for art projects of no potential commercial value. The millions upon millions who upload footage of themselves singing or dancing or talking about the news to YouTube. Of course, funny videos and adorable hand-sewn ikat pillows aren’t the only kind of stuff that people are making as a way of coping with harsh economic realities—meth, for instance, comes to mind. But putting aside those darker enterprises, this is a golden age for creativity and knowledge for their own sakes. Our pastimes have become our expressions of mastery, a substitute for the all-consuming career."
This is the best written article I’ve read about our generation. Yes we were coddled. Yes we were promised the world and are now frustrated that we aren’t getting it. Yes a huge portion of us are saddled with debt we’ll carry for the rest of our lives. But we’re going to be ok. We’re making it work and making the best of it. I am one of the lucky, employed ones. I’m not in my dream job - I don’t know that I have a dream job. But the rest of my life is more satisfying culturally and intellectually that it’s enough and I’m happy.
"Remember how most Americans think this generation will be worse off than the one that preceded it? This generation doesn’t agree. A plurality of young people still think they’ll do better than their parents. Our optimism is surprisingly durable. A large-scale Pew study published in 2010 showed that about 90 percent of us either say that we currently have enough money or will eventually meet our long-term financial goals—we’re more hopeful on that front, in fact, than we were before the recession."
A Wright house isn’t a building, it’s a philosophical text about family, nature and landscape. An inglenook is important — it draws family and friends into conversations. Views into the surrounding landscape are important — they connect us to nature. An Apple product isn’t about buttons and screens, it’s about eliminating barriers between the user and what the user chooses to care about when using the device.
An interesting comparison between Frank Lloyd Wright and Steve Jobs. As someone who is a fan of both, I found the compare and contrast of their design philosophy compelling.