Saturday, October 10, 2009
Angry Young Men
Though the term drifted across the Atlantic and concerned writers such as John Osborne and Kingsley Amis, every generation and genre has its angry young men. They gather like wolves at the fringes, wearing cardigans and dangling pipes, or jaunty pork pie hats and tight-fitting suits. They describe the lay of the land with great authority, quickly figuring out the best launch pads for careers and attacks. The attacks are planned with military precision: when its best to bomb, which kingpins to take out and when. AYM seem to have endless time to craft manifestos and write elaborate critiques, and like most bullies, quickly find themselves with an army of younger, angry (or enthusiastic) young men rallying behind.