There’s no category in the book world hotter than Teen / Young Adult. Publishers are constantly rushing out titles and bookstores are still expanding the shelf space allotted to them. Part of the allure is that this is a new offering and the audience is expanding. A closer look tells us that this isn’t really all that new for many reasons.
When I was young, I lived in a time and place where just about anything was possible. It’s amazing just how terrifying that prospect was.
Imagine that a new technology comes along that spawns a whole new industry. Not only is this industry a revolution in how people lead their lives, it’s immensely popular and generates a big pile of cash. The field starts out wide-open with many small entrepreneurs, but gradually they become rich as they are bought out by a few big players. Soon, the industry has consolidated and re-investment slows dramatically. Those who made big money start to put it into real estate, specifically in Midtown Manhattan, Florida, and Los Angeles.
The US election hasn’t been as heated over the last week, so perhaps it’s time to take a deep, cleansing breath. Inhale, hold it – exhale – good. We can all step back from the heat of the moment to think about what’s going on for a while.
It’s Tuesday, the day I answer my mail. I’ve gotten a lot in the last week, a lot of it in response to my series “Generations” on the potential for major generational change in the US election of 2008. But first, I liked this one: