There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood in any form” to such an extent that “nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore. Adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable.”

“Should we mourn the departed,” he asks,…  [more]