By Nicole Gennarelli
Why should students and recent college graduates read Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis? Because it is written specifically for young adults by recent graduates who can relate to their experiences.
According to the website, “Share or Die is an anthology with stories by an astonishing variety of recent graduates and twenty-something experimenters who are finding (and sharing) their own answers to negotiating the new economic order. It contains 25 articles with hands-on, practical advice about career, relationships, travel, education, housing, and volunteering.”
Don’t forget to visit & read more information about the book’s editor Neal Gorenflo, co-editor Malcom Harris & all the different authors who contributed to the book.
Interested? Check out some of these excerpts from the book!
- “Unprepared: From Elite College to the Job Market,” by Sarah Idzik
- “The Gen Y Guide to Collaborative Consumption,” by Beth Buczynski
- “Get on the Lattice,” by Astri von ArbinAhlander and Yelizavetta Kofman
Post-College Flow Chart of Misery & Pain by Jenna Brager
Interview with Malcom Harris, co-editor of Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis
- Why do you think this book is so influential and helpful for recent college grads and twenty-somethings?
I think there’s a lack of writing by and for young people about their lives that isn’t also trying to sell them something. If our readers identify with the book, that’s partly because it’s written almost entirely by people facing the same life conditions as they are.
- Why did you enjoy being an editor & author for this book?
A great thing about the process was getting to work with so many great young writers and artists. Some of them were friends in advance, but a lot of them weren’t. Doing a collection means searching out some voices people haven’t heard before, and that was a lot of the fun.
- What do you think the greatest message in this book is to the Generation Y population?
It’s right there in the title: Share or Die! What I hope people take away from the book is that what feel like individual problems are often times social problems, especially with this generation that’s been pathologized, entitled, etc. And social problems only have social solutions.
- Why do you think this book is something the Generation Y population needs at this time in society?
I’m not sure if society needs the book necessarily, but I think we’ve got to pay attention to some of the ideas in it. We’re up against the hard bounds of resource crisis, and if we don’t find ways to share what we’ve got, there’s going to be even more unnecessary misery.
- Would you have found a book like this helpful when you were a recent college graduate?
I’m sure I could have used it!
- How do you think the different stories by different authors help contribute to the diversity of the book?
The goal is for every reader to connect with at least one portion of the book. The more ways we can find to reach out to people and show them that they’re part of larger social patterns, the more people will find the book useful.