Today my sister Sara has an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. My 22-year-old sister. In the Los Angeles Times. I remember when I got my first New York Times clip at 29 I felt so excited that it was coming just before my 30th birthday. But Sara's been out of school for nine months! (The photo here was taken at age 5.)
The article is titled "Not all Gen Y'ers are spoiled brats" and responds to a study released this week arguing that college students are more narcissistic than ever. She talks about how for her generation you no longer need to be talented to be famous, or hard working to be a star. But Sara is a living contradiction to that. Now I really feel bad for all the times when she was whining as a toddler or young child and I actually called her a spoiled brat. Now I call her, in an eerily uncanny imitation of Emperor Palpatine, "My young apprentice." But unlike Anakin Skywalker, Sara's mission is a good one.
As if the Times piece weren't enough for her portfolio, Sara also had her first clip in People magazine last week. She reported on the Grammy awards and interviewed Quentin Tarantino on the red carpet. And by day, she's an editor at Creators Syndicate, where she works with some of the most famous syndicated newspaper columnists in America.
And this comes after being the editor-in-chief of both her college and high school newspapers, the latter of which was honored as best high school paper in America.
Incidentally, Sara tried to get a job here in Portland recently at both Willamette Week and The Oregonian, but both turned her down. She was too inexperienced, they said. In one case, the brushoff was done over email without even the courtesy of a phone call. Pardon the overdose on big-brother pride, but I feel like calling up certain editors and hiring coordinators now and borrowing Matt Damon's line from Good Will Hunting: 'Hey, do you like apples? Maybe a golden delicious, or a granny Smith? Well how do you like them apples, mother f---ers?'
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Sara's pending world takeover in the months and years ahead.