Recommended reading

New York magazine is firing on all cylinders these days. Exhibit A, which I meant to link a while back, is Po Bronson's "The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids," a science story, an education story, and a personal essay wrapped up in one. It surprised me, but it also jibed with my experience in a kind of profound way. Exhibit B is Emily Nussbaum's "Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy," which argues that ubiquitous personal disclosure on MySpace et al is precipitating the first generation gap since the baby boomers discovered rock 'n' roll. It's well argued and unhysterical, and it's the rare trend piece that successfully identifies something (I think) real and meaningful. Yay, magazines!