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Now is a great time to be young in America: iPods! Snowboarding! Reality television! But if you’re a fresh-faced 20-something who’s undergone a four-year “private educational investment,” it might be a better time to start thinking long-term. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and follow your bliss! You might even land satisfying short-term subcontract employment in the general area of your dreams. It’ll be your crowded hour, as you desperately scrounge and battle fellow employees over a job with highly gratifying basic healthcare benefits. With that hurdle cleared, you can relax a bit and lose yourself in the massive financial gamble that will be your retirement investments. It could be a tale taken straight from the pages of Horatio Alger, or rather, Anya Kamenetz, when she reads from her book Generation Debt: Why Now Is A Terrible Time to Be Young at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Aaron Leitko)