We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There are some grim aspects to her report from the front lines of the follow-your-impulses approach to life, but, in the end, I have to comment that I think it's just great that, in America, there is the freedom and opportunity to construct a life any way one chooses.
As long as I do not have to end up supporting it, that is. Despite all of her opportunities, I fear we all may end up supporting her in her old age, if she achieves it. True bohemians are supposed to die young-ish, of TB, cirrhosis, drug overdose, AIDS, broken heart, or other such romantic maladies:
Hmmmm....my husband of 35 years is due home in about 6 minutes. I stopped at the store & got him a box of beer that is "supposedly" a pre-prohibition style. He read Last Call a couple years ago, and enjoyed telling me all about it. I think he deserves an extra-long hug when he walks in the door.....
There have always been people dying without children. If we could make a list of the damned fools, to be without children I would happily support them in their old age, unfortunately, too many damned fools have children, raise them to be ignorent, unemployable louts and THEN live to be old and we have to support their whole families. Many with eight children and five or six "fathers".
I think you're generalizing from one data point here. Elizabeth Wurtzel may not be aging well (I'm uncertain on this), but I know a lot of Bohemians who have Auntie Mamed their ways through middle age, and whose young friends all think they're fantastic...
It's worth remembering that Elizabeth has suffered from chronic and debilitating depressions and still managed to write some best selling books, go to Yale Law, and practice as an associate under David Bois. I don't know how much you can make of her writing an article that says "I'm depressed and unhappy right now."
I have not one iota of sympathy for this woman. She has the mind of a child: never thinking about the future, always living in the present. She made this bed, and she can lie in it for all I care. She never had a husband or children because she saw them as "compromise," as a way to tie her down...just as modern feminism has taught her to think.
Some day, you have to grow up, psychologically as well as physically.
Elizabeth, I have the answer to your problems: CHANGE YOUR NAME! In German 'Wurtzel' means 'root' which is one small step from 'radical.' Change your name to, say, Buffett and your life will be sweeter...and you'll have lots to choose from. See, life can be simple.