Magazine November 11, 2019, Issue

Complainerland

Disney characters attend the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

We just returned from parents’ weekend at our daughter’s college, and we’re worried about her.

She seems so happy.

If I measure her against today’s youth who populate the long-form websites that decry the horribleness of everything, she’s quite out of step with her demographical cohort. She lives close to a transit stop but hasn’t considered gluing herself to the tracks to protest Climate Extinction. She seems to interact with young men in a way that suggests they are not ravening Bluebeards fingering the ampules of knockout drugs in their pocket. 

Her roommate is worse — she’s from India, studying neuroscience, and seems

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