Every generation has a voice. Every generation has a style of writing and consuming information. That’s a good thing. It keeps language fresh, and it keeps us looking at old ideas in new ways. On the other hand, it can make it difficult to transfer information across generations, another aspect of the “Generation Gap” parents have been crying about for thousands of years.
I chose the first book in the Book List series in recognition of this issue of voicing.
While Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, remains a classic, its voice is definitely that of my father’s generation. When I was younger, I found its repetitive, florid—maybe even Lovecraftian—prose impenetrable. Even now, I can only read a few pages at a time. Then I have to parse what I’ve read—translate it into my generation’s vernacular, if you will. For that reason, I chose not to devote a full post to it.
Instead, I chose a book in the voice of my generation. I’m reading a book that may voiced for younger generations now, and I hope to share it with you when I finish.