The thoughts of a millenial

amrita sarkar_of opinions“It is so intense, it makes you want to stay alive. To keep going. To keep chasing it or trying to make it last. We call it something indefinable that goes by the name of love, but, essentially, it is a puzzle we can’t work out. I’m not sure I’d want to work it out either.”—Amrita Sarkar, Of Opinions

Fellow WordPress blogger Amrita Sarkar of ofopinions.wordpress.com has expanded her blog posts into a book of the same name, Of Opinions. With thoughts ranging from beauty to emotion and memory, anxieties, and relationships and social media, this book is a map to how a gifted twenty-something experiences and judges the world.

The essays are a sort of distilled college compositions, imbued with the insights of a student who wants to own each thesis statement. While I would have preferred conversations structured by their antecedents, there’s an urgency and freshness in Amrita Sarkar’s writing that would have been lost in a more academic essay. And it’s that approach that leads the author to some pleasant moments of discovery, and the older reader to a reconsideration of how to frame certain age-old questions and some new ones, about beauty, about what we give and take when we’re active on social media, about how millenials engage with other people, the media, and their aspirations—and more.

3 thoughts on “The thoughts of a millenial

  1. Mira Tudor, Thank you for sharing. Your statement that “I would have preferred conversations structured by their antecedents” is intriguingly insightful. Would such a structural approach — old content, old method in new form? — necessarily lose “urgency and freshness”?

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  2. I recently read on Pinterest some quotes from children in 4th to 6th grade, and it’s amazing how redolent of their tender wonder at the world their writing was. Teenagers and young adults who have cultivated their originality preserve some of that tenderness in their artistic expression. Unfortunately, too many would-be writers are crushed by the weight of other authors and of set phrases and wooden language.

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