Was listening to a Radiolab podcast with this title recently. It had to do with nihilism, Mystics, fashion and a book that the podcast episode was named after. Evidentially nihilism comes on cylces and the absence of the Soviet Union makes it harder for young people to know who the bad guy is anymore. One professor stares into the eyes of his students and ascertains this is the generation that is going to walk out into the desert in search of something.
I started reading the book but am not getting much out of it.
http://www.zero-books.net/books/in-the- ... his-planet
Someone will probably say 'cool story bro' at this point if that is still fashionable.