FAIRBANKS — Upon my arrival in Fairbanks in 1990, former State Senator Charlie Parr recommended I read “Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069” by Neil Howe and William Strauss.
Despite my abhorrence of social modeling, the book proved to be a thought-provoking and prescient work. History continues to bear out Howe’s and Strauss’ predictions based on a four-generation cycle in American history. So Howe’s recent Forbes.com article, “Millennials: A Generation of Page-Turners” — about the strong upswing in print reading among young people born between 1981 and 1996 — piqued my interest. Besides preferring print to digital reading, “Millennials read more than older generations do — and more than the last generations did at the same age.” Howe cites Pew Research Center’s survey findings that 80 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds read at least one book in the last year, compared to 73 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds, 70 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds and 67 percent of seniors.