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the post calvin: selected essays 2013-2016

Joshua deLacy
Publication date: November 2016
ISBN: 9780998336824
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned in three-plus years of curating a website featuring recent college graduates, it’s that growing up looks different on everyone. As if that were any surprise. Almost anywhere you click on the post calvin, you’ll find a piece with a coming-of-age undercurrent. Where has the time gone? we wonder. Who was supposed to teach me about these adult responsibilities? Am I ever going to find a place where I belong?

We’ve begun this collection of essays with a section called “Growing Pains” that plunges right into the current. Lauren and Caroline want the best of every age, every place, every thing. Rebekah and Matt watch the time slip by. Michael and Josh feel the ache that comes with growing out of a friend or a home or a dream of what your life could be.

You’ll feel that current in other sections. We make grown-up choices, for better or worse, in “Two Roads Diverged.” We squirm restlessly inside the size-too-small faith we’ve been raised with in “This I Believe.” We’re not altogether pleased with the adult world and the problems we’ve inherited in “To Act Justly” and “Feminist Confessions.” And, of course, we’re growing into love. In “All’s Fair in Love,” Will wonders about sex and Catherine and Sarah are both newlyweds and Katie struggles with long distance.

It all starts to look a bit bleak. Post-grad, twenty-something, Millennial ennui has been the cliché of the century so far, and we’ve got a lot of haters in the older generations. We’re too dependent on technology, they say. We can’t work independently. We’re spoiled and entitled. We don’t love America. We hold up the line at coffee shops with our demands for single origin organic soy lattes. If only we’d wake up and smell the black coffee, they sigh.

But this anthology will also show you that we’re not all angst and anxiety. Geneva celebrates a warm day on the farm and Nick learns to love Ohio in “Ode to the Midwest.” Jake raises a potty-trained family and Greg’s parents come to visit from Korea, both with much less stress than anticipated in “Where the Heart Is.” And so many of us know wonderful, hilarious, inspiring people whom we’ve captured in “Portrait Gallery.”

Yeah, we make a lot of mistakes. We quit our perfectly adequate jobs, or we drink too much, or we date a lot of people—often online, often badly. We can’t help it. We’ve been thrust into a world with so many possibilities that it’s almost paralyzing. As Professor Bill Vande Kopple, a great friend and confidant to many of us, used to say: “It’s a tough world.” He’s not here to guide us anymore, but we’re learning to strike out on our own. We’re grading papers and going to grad school in “Classroom 101,” traveling the world and meeting strangers in “Departures,” and learning to live with the ugly in “Gray Matters.”

And through it all, we’re writing. Texts, emails, blog posts, to-do lists, tweets, essays, sales pitches, quizzes, bibliographies. Growing up looks different on everyone, but on the post calvin, at least we have that in common.

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