Young people in big cities like New York, Mr. Gessen said, "are willing to acknowledge that they’re a class only ironically. So they’ll have their ironic kickball games. Their ironic magazines."
"They’re willing to have the privileges of their class," Mr. Gessen added, "to go to a good college, and be subsidized in their New York lives by their parents, but maybe not willing to be written about."
... "[Readers of n+1] can’t tell if we’re kidding," he said. "They can’t tell how much of it is in earnest."
"It’s all in earnest."