The Tombs of the Prophets

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“Every rock anthem, every fashion statement, every protest gesture, every novel about rebellious youth—starting with The Catcher in the Rye and On the Road—carried the same cultural message: It’s better to be a nonconformist than a conformist, a creative individualist than a member of a group, a rebel than a traditionalist, a daring adventurer than a careerist striver. Though they might retain the youth-culture patina, today’s college students don’t live in that age of rebellion and alienation.” [David Brooks, On Paradise Drive (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), p. 162]

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