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Peter Pan Meets The White Stripes

Queasiness to spare in New York Magazine’s cover story on “Grups”, trendy Manhattanites in their 30s, 40s and 50s who still live like indie hipsters in their 20s. I kind of see a little tiny bit of myself in these folks (pushing 40, underemployed and still lunching on ramen soup), but mostly the article’s anecdotes are of the jaw-dropping variety — spending three figures on delapidated blue jeans, women emulating Mary-Kate and Ashley’s homeless lady-chic look, parents forcing trendoid music and baby concert tees onto their children (cripes, I hate when parents try to mold their kids into “mini me” versions of themselves). Try to avoid the photos of them lined up in grids, looking like clones. Do people really like being walking, talking clichés? It’s depressing.

By the way, today marks the tenth anniversary of the purchase of my baby, the beautiful 1927 brick bungalow we live in. I always think of this event as my own true entry into adulthood. Take that, Grups.

3 Thoughts on “Peter Pan Meets The White Stripes

  1. libby on April 2, 2006 at 3:10 am said:

    Actually, I liked this article. Yes, some of the grups are pretentious and boring but… this spoke to me: ” Being a Grup isn’t, as it turns out, all about holding on to some misguided, well-marketed idea of youth—or, at least, isn’t just about that. It’s also about rejecting a hand-me-down model of adulthood that asks, or even necessitates, that you let go of everything you ever felt passionate about. It’s about reimagining adulthood as a period defined by promise, rather than compromise.”

    YES! That is why I dont want to be “grownup”. I loathe the idea of being boring, of living some pre-planned idea–someone else’s idea–of what life should be. I havent given up my passions: Beatles music, art, design, animals, helping others. Screw what the corporate world thinks I should be–I dont want to be a boring drone and never will. I dont want to manage anyone else or attend meetings about cost benefits analysis. I want to be me, and do what I love. I want time to do it, too.

    Which is why I returned to get my Master’s, so I can work for myself and help others at the same time (as a therapist). Screw the corporate world–its sucketh greatly. It is soulless and I hate it with lots of passion!

  2. Hey, Libby – congratulations on escaping the corporate drone world! Yeah, that was the little bit in the article I could identify with. The beauty is that we also don’t have to conform that contrived indie hipster thing to follow our dreams. Good luck!

  3. I think I’m only 50% Grup. I still love hip new music but I also dress like a grown up. I hate that unshaven, bed-head look.

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