Had a conversation with a young tech today, he’s 21. He left his pneumatic oil pump (what we use to change oil, rather than drain it, trust me, it’s way better) running for an extremely long time and I was giving him shit about it. So he jokes around and said he likes it because it reminds him of having sex because of the way it sounds.
So I say “wwweeeellll.... Have you read ‘Brave New World’?”
He hasn’t and so doesn’t get the reference or how it applies So he asks what it’s about. I ask if he’s read ‘1984'. He’s never heard of it. The conversation continues this way with a few more titles that I thought everyone would have at least heard of. Nothing. Blank stare every time. Not even ‘Catcher in the Rye’.
So much disappointment in everything that allows someone to get to this point in life without knowing of these things.