The Power and Politics issue, Rhubarb #34, has two basic parts: power-and-politics-related writing and the winners of Rhubarb’s taboo literary contests of last year, and an excerpt from Armin Wiebe’s play “Wine and Little Breads,” which was the winning entry in the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre One-Act Playwriting Contest, judged by leading Canadian playwrights Maureen Hunter and Patrick Friesen. MORE>
Anne, in her late sixties; she speaks only through the messages she leaves on her answering machine which end with the familiar ‘beep.’
Anne’s son, and only child, Matthew, late-30’s
Their Neighbour, Mrs. Elsie Hildebrandt, nearing ninety, has a thick German accent; used to live next door to Anne, now in personal care home
Older generations have always been forthcoming in their observations and criticisms of younger generations–it seems to be an unavoidable side effect of growing up. Children don’t bother to categorize adults into generations, yet by the time one has entered middle age it suddenly becomes very important to differentiate between Generation X, Y, Z, and the other thing, because somewhere along the line one develops the powerful belief that one or other of these generations is responsible for everything wrong in the world today.
“Young people these days are so _________.”