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Eliza Griswold is a journalist, poet and contributing writer for the New Yorker. She was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for her book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. She’s a distinguished writer in residence at New York University and lives between New York and Philadelphia with her husband and son.
"Basically, what we did is look at how cultures welcomed and and insisted that adolescents include a period of going to the edge of the society. Like coming of age rituals, liminal experience. You know, you get your period, you have to go live in the hut. You've got to, you are encouraged, you are required to encounter meaning at the edges of society, at the edges of civilization. And in American society in the 90s, when I was in college - George Bush - there was no welcoming of the edge whatsoever, you stay as close as you can to the centre, the edge is devalued. And so for me, who was who is a child of the edge, I was terrified..."