Monday, April 10, 2006

Where have all the strivers gone?

I trust you're all at least skimming the New York Times Books section on a semi-regular basis. If not, you should be. True, the site requires a free registration, but if you don't like giving out your email address there's always

I bring this up because I rather liked this piece in yesterday's Times, Where Have All The Strivers Gone?, by Joseph Finder. In it Finder examines the question of why the Ambitious Young Man Who Wants to Make Something of Himself, a character type which once roamed western literature in vast numbers, has all but gone extinct in 20th century literature.

I have my own theory, but before I post it: what's yours?