Chris McCandless: The Ultimate "Yes…but No!" Story

A few days ago, I noticed that Carine McCandless — sister of Chris from the book and film, Into the Wild — has written a memoir, The Wild Truth. She certainly has a story to tell, and oh how my heart goes out to her all these years later. I hope I get to read the book.  From a couple reviews, it looks as if Carine looks back to her family system for some of the roots from which Chris was trying to free himself. It’s possible that Chris’s extreme isolation was just one more tragically-male response to his own trauma. In other words, he was running away from rather than toward something. This only adds to the sadness of the story, even if it is no real surprise.

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The Self-Esteem Generation

A few years ago, I taught a couple sections of a college composition course and was surprised to see that included on my list of texts was Jean Twenge’s book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable than Ever Before by Jean Twenge. We used it to engage in critical reading and also as a text to which we could apply various rhetorical concepts. Read More