Tag Archives: Perpetual Adolescence

Peter Pan at War

There’s no need to discuss Ovid and Jung and the mythic archetype of the child-god who is forever young – or the old guy whose emotional life is that of an adolescent, who says it’s all about independence and freedom, … Continue reading

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Oh, Grow Up!

Oh, grow up! It’s the universal insult. Parents use it when they’re fed up with the whiny kid. Adolescents use it on each other – as a way to say man, you just aren’t cool. Adults use it on each … Continue reading

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The Problem with Perpetual Adolescence

The principle danger in being a high school teacher is that one can easily slip back into being an adolescent oneself. Even at that upstate New York prep school, where all the children actually were above average – those who … Continue reading

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