“Pretty to Think So”

This is an article by Sinmeyer posted on Twitter user @Weimerica ‘s blog As Above, So Below comparing the Millenial Generation (my own) to the Lost Generation. Very interesting reading, as is the rest of the blog.

In his 2010 book Ill Fares the Land, the late historian Tony Judt laments the fate of the “millennial” generation, burdened with debt, war, and vanishing opportunities beyond short-term desultory labor. Here, Judt makes a striking comparison- or striking enough that I jotted it down:

The last time a cohort of young people expressed comparable frustration at the emptiness of their lives and the dispiriting purposelessness of their world was in the 1920s. It is not by chance that historians speak of a “lost generation.”

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Feature and New Story on New Pop Lit

New Pop Lit ran a short feature on me as part of their series on their contributors, and published a new short story of mine:

SAMUEL J. STEVENS

We wanted to open this segment of our series by planting a flag to say, “Yes, alternative viewpoints to one-size-fits-all literature ARE out there and need to be valued.” We reject any notion of a monothink hive or herd putting Orwellian pressure on writers to join an unthinking mob.

The writing of Samuel Stevens is unique– short stories or novels– because he gives the reader an unfamiliar viewpoint. One never seen in today’s approved literary scene. His male characters once were the norm– in the 1950’s, before a culural sea change. Think Charlton Heston in films like “The Naked Jungle.” This upstanding, moralistic type still exists. Plenty are out there. Mainstream culture has decided they don’t exist, and so excludes them from all scenarios except as a target for mockery. [continue reading here]

In Stevens’s new story for us, “Greener Country Grass,” the narrator journeys into the American heartland with a cynical D.C. buddy. The story could be an analogy for east coast intellectuals currently scrambling to understand the attitudes of the heartland.

New story, “A Difficult Operation” at Casper Review

The Casper Review published my latest short story, a noir:

He saw the girl on the side of the parkway. She looked about as out of place out in the Blue Ridge as in her nylon shorts and crop top and gaudy floral thigh tattoo as he did in his suit. She waved to his car. He drove past her. He’d only pick her up because he thought he’d get lucky and even if the chance arose he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He was working a case.

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