"First, we need to redefine masculinity...

...creating an image that encourages teenage boys to stay in school and older men to pursue service jobs."

Good luck, David Brooks, good luck.

The more worthwhile read is not Brooks' column on the gender and demographic trends that will likely stem from the recession, but rather the underlying work that seems to have prompted his commentary.

This piece, in The Atlantic.

It's a sober, disquieting look at how our national life unfolds from here.

"We're about to see a big national experiment on stress."