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I' m having a formal book review: Trunks of Ethan Watters
I occasionally review long book chapters about those I find particularly interesting. Several past formal book reviews have been on Homeland Security, the CIA and Afghanistan, the wondrous minds of David Foster Wallace, 21 th th-century university life according to Tom Wolfe and the 4 hour workweek. The review is from Ethan Watters' book entitled "Urban Tribes", which states that more than 30 things delay marriages and form "Urban Tribes".
If someone says they have discovered a certain societal tendency, two issues immediately come to mind: Seldom are these issues asked in a medium that is most likely to meet producers' and editors' demands for a "news angle" for a gentle history through the invention of a societal trends.
The majority of tendencies are sustained by either stating the tendency to existence ("more and more of it happens than ever before") or underpinning the point with "survey data", which are often of statistical insignificance. Slate journalist Jack Shafer once wrote a fake trendy tale that featured on page 1 of the New York Times, including girls who graduated from top universities but didn't choose a careers.
" This is Ethan Watters, creator of Urban Tribes: Do you have a new home? recognises this greed for creating trends, which is why he opens his reflective book entitled "The Reluctant Trends Spotter" and tries to convince us that he is not trying to shimmer. Watters, a San Francisco-based novelist, says this all came about by writing a two-page paper for a journal in which he used the word "Urban Tribes" to describe individuals like him, those who postpone their marriages until the 1930s and make a close friend to ensure the kind of emotions that most of their families have.
The resonance for the paper was so overpowering that Watters felt the need to continue exploring it. The name Urban Tribes is easy to remember. Humans are obsessed with the precision of the name and not with the phenomena it tries to expressive. Likewise, "Urban Tribes" is just a sentence - important only because it offers a new group identity to those who were previously described by the popular calendar as "not married" - the emphasis should be more on the societal trends it claims to be representing.
Watters does a sound work in this sense that shows how belated marriages and tribalism are actually quite common among some members of his own family, or at least as sound as one can make it anecdotal (he does not pretend to be scientificly anthropological). His own experience is told in a hot way: the social stigmatization of being alone ("Are you gay?"); working in a clan of acquaintances who had no formal structures (there were no names or "officers"); how boyfriends provided plenty of emotive gratification and fulfilment; the interaction between urban living, fragile bonds and the own clan.
Having heard all his tales and the tales of others he divides, and in his playing meanders about networking theories and Robert Putnam (Watters believes that Bowling Alone is missing many types of non-recorded bourgeois activities), it's easier to see the attractiveness and disadvantage of tribalism. Retaining the agility of singles, the fact that everyone stays and stands up for their loved ones gives you the deepest joy and satisfaction that only the wealthiest friendship can offer.
Is a group of acquaintances really a replacement for the kind of familial bond Watters' good pal Po Bronson described? At one of his most sincere times, Watters acknowledges that living in a trunk could hinder a long-term romantic. A further explanation could be that if your marital status expels you from the group, which good boyfriend will expel you from the group?
Watter himself, at the tender age of 37, realises that his period with intimate private acquaintances (for a brief time) must be shortened in order for a hopeful relation to become serious. OK, Watters suggested that the retarded marriages are not a horrible tendency; in fact, it has led to narrow groups of boyfriends that are different in every way, but generally divide a family ( "single"), an older group (usually in the 1930s), a geographical situation (urban environment) and a literacy group ( "university graduates").
ls that a trendy thing to do? Watts has no information to accurately record it, but through his stories and research and the reaction to his paper and the release of Good Morning America, I am convinced that it is something that is likely to happen with growing incidence. Yeah, but not as much as Watts thinks, in my book.
It' s interesting to prove that the advantages of the familyscape can be restored in a new way. However, the municipal strain can only substitute the familiy as long as Watters can talk for himself. It is a 5-10 year old phenomena; not a basic change from the composition of the groups in the state.
In the present-day life, some think that the construction of the "family" is outdated. Not if it is dying, because the strains of the cities are proving to be ideal long-term replacements. For all of us - whether we are in a Tribal group or not - the lessons in Urbans are that friendship is beautiful things.
Listening to tales of Watters and his boyfriends walking to Burning Man, or going to sport matches or eating together every Tuesday evening, encouraged me to be more pro-active in my own relationship.... Trying to promote the particular dynamism that comes when you are around with your closest friend, when laughing is infectious and lives in the present seems as simple as breath.