Touching article, felt by one raised by the “Lost Generation.”
An iPub Perspective Editorial
By Rabbi James Rudin
“You are all a lost generation.”
When Gertrude Stein said those now-famous words to Ernest Hemingway in 1923, she had in mind the writers and artists who came of age during World War I and the “Roaring Twenties” decade that followed. Besides Hemingway, they included F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Isadora Duncan.
Of course, Stein’s use of “lost” did not mean the war-shattered generation had physically disappeared. Rather, its members were psychologically and emotionally adrift, without purpose or direction. But for me, her description is also a lament for members of my own American generation who were born between 1930 and 1939.
We were too young to fight in World War II, so we could never be members of Tom Brokaw’s celebrated “Greatest Generation.” The unpopular Korean and Vietnam conflicts were our fights…
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