January 3rd, 2019: The Triumph of Capitalism, or, On Becoming “My Parents’ Generation”


by Eli S. Evans


Question: Looking back on your life in 2018, what do you see?

Answer: Progressive inclinations, bourgeois indulgences.



Question: How would you assess your workplace performance?

Answer: Good enough not to have justified the inconvenience of having to replace me, apparently.



Question: How are you feeling about yourself as the New Year begins?

Answer: Like I’m not getting any younger, I’m not getting any better looking, and my future is my present – so I might as well love myself just the way I am.


This is the third installment in an irregular series of essays found carved into tree trunks.

Image by Amir Yalon


About the Author:

Eli S. Evans is co-author of the unpublished film script Henry Plucker, Pregnant Man (2001).