The Earnest Generation
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Published in: September-October 2015 issue.


A Work in ProgressA Work in Progress
by Connor Franta
Atria/Keywords Press
212 pages, $16.99


I’VE COME TO AN AGE (65) when I realize I live in an entirely different world than my students. Words like “jalopy” or “fuddy-duddy” mean nothing to them. My mother, who taught kindergarten, used to watch Saturday morning cartoons once a month to keep up with her students’ chatter; this summer I have read Connor Franta’s A Work in Progress to find out what gay millennials are up to.

Perhaps you, too, have missed the Connor Franta phenomenon. At 22, he is a YouTube video blogger with millions of subscribers.

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