The Lost Generation

Gertrude Stein told some of the writers who frequented her apartment that they were lost – in fact that the whole lot of them was a lost generation – and this expression worked its way into both the self-images of these writers (and others) and into the mindset of an entire generation. More than that, we still use this expression to reference the displaced American writers in Europe during the first World War.

Gertrude Stein did us the most harm when she said, “You’re all a lost generation.” That got around to certain people and we all said Whee! We’re lost. Perhaps it suddenly brought to us the sense of change. Or irresponsibility.

While I referenced my hard copy of this interview, it is also available online at https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4933/dorothy-parker-the-art-of-fiction-no-13-dorothy-parker.

You tell yourself stories about your own meaning, too, and you might not even realise you do it. You have others telling you stories about your meaning and you often accept these without challenge. Would you like to know what these stories are? Would you like a chance to challenge or rewrite some of them? This is what Narrative Therapy is all about!